Chicago, Illinois - captured at night from the International Space Station - is constructed on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. When the city was founded in 1833, most of the early construction radiated from the mouth of the Chicago River and its central, built-up areas remain relatively consistent with the natural flatness of the surrounding geography. This photograph is courtesy of NASA's “Cities at Night” project
Brock Reservoir Gordons Well, California, USA The Brock Reservoir, located near Gordons Well, California, is used to supply water to nearby farmers via the All-American Canal. 2013 and 2014 have been two of the driest years on record in California, with more than 80% of land experiencing severe to exceptional drought.
9/7/2014 Pivot-irrigation fields Plymouth, Washington, USA 46.011747,-119.494514 Pivot irrigation fields stretch out from the Columbia River near Plymouth, Washington on the border with Oregon. Powered by electric motors, lines of sprinklers rotate 360 degrees to evenly irrigate crops.
4/2/2014 Sedan Crater Mercury, Nevada 37°10′36″N 116°2′48″W The Sedan Crater, located within the Nevada National Security Site, was created by a 104-kiloton nuclear explosion that displaced 12 million tons of Earth on July 16, 1962.