10 Breathtaking Aerial Photos That Will Leave You Awestruck

Here are 10 aerial images by DigitalGlobe that will blow away your mind.

DigitalGlobe is a commercial vendor of space imagery and geospatial content. Needless to say they have a treasure trove of aerial images from all over the world that can leave a viewer in a stupor of awe.

Lady of the North, United Kingdom

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Northumberlandia or the "Lady of the North" is a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure, which was completed in 2012, near Cramlington, Northumberland, and northern England.

Made of 1.5 million tons of earth, it is 112 feet high and 1,300 feet long, set in a 47 acres public park. It has also been nicknamed "Slag Alice" by some.


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Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. The star fort was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Bourtange was restored to its mid-18th-century state in 1960 and is currently used an open-air museum.

Alang Ship-Breaking Yards- India

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The ship-breaking yards located on the shores of the Gulf of Khambat in Alang, India, recycle approximately half of the world’s salvaged ships. Supertankers, ferries, container ships, and ocean liners are beached during high tide. Once the water recedes, hundreds of manual laborers dismantle the ships, recovering whatever parts they can and reducing what’s left to scrap.

Burning Man Festival- United States of America

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It’s an aerial view of the week-long Burning Man arts and music festival which sees tens and thousands of people gather every year on the Labor Day weekend in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

Durrat Al Bahrain- Bahrain

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Durrat Al Bahrain is the largest artificial island in Bahrain after the Amwaj Islands. The plans for the finished islands include five-star hotels, an 18-hole golf course, 12 bridges, and a marina. The marina will span three of the islands and will cover a land area of approximately 7,500,000 sq ft with a cost of about US$1.3 billion.

Gwadar Island- Pakistan

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The island appeared on September 24, 2013 near Pakistan’s coast of Gwadar as a result of a massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake.

The approximately 60 to 70 feet high, 300 feet wide and 120 feet long island was likely to be a “mud volcano”, created by methane gas forcing material upwards during the violent shaking of the earthquake.

Port of Manila- Philippines

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The Port of Manila is the largest seaport in the Philippines. The history of the port dates back to Spanish and pre-Spanish rule of the Philippine Islands. It is recorded that Manila and the Philippines had trade relations with most neighboring countries at least as far back as the 9th to 12th centuries.

Palm Island & Hibiscus Island - United States of America

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Palm Island and the Hibiscus Island of Miami Beach, Florida, are two man-made islands. While the residential neighborhoods on the islands have some of the highest property values in the city, they are also among the first places ordered to evacuate in advance of a hurricane.

Island of Love-Croatia

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Galesnjak is also called Island of Love or Lover's Island, Otok za Zaljubljene and is located in the Pasman channel of the Adriatic on mainland Croatia. It is one of the worlds few naturally occurring heart-shaped objects.

The island's unusual shape was first recorded in the early 19th century by Napoleon's cartographer Charles-François Beautemps-Beaupré bu only became famous when it was highlighted on Google Earth in February 2009, which brought the island to worldwide attention

Space Shuttle Endeavour atop a 747- New Mexico

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The satellite image is that of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (one of the retired orbiters of NASA) flying atop a 747 into White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. During the flight, DigitalGlobe captured an amazing image of the shuttle, which can be seen here.

As for the color offset of the aircraft, according to DigitalGlobe, “it occurs when a fast moving object is imaged by the satellite as the panchromatic image is collecting just slightly before the color image of the same location. When the image is merged together to make a color high resolution image, there is a slight offset on fast moving objects.”

The shuttle rocketed beyond Earth orbit 25 times. Its 26th mission was a 12-mile commute through the streets of Los Angeles to its new retirement home in a museum.

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