1. (Clockwise, from upper left) Seven-square-mile views of Manhattan; Chaganbulage Administrative Village in Inner Mongolia; Venice, Italy; and farms in Plymouth, Washington
Spending time looking at the varying and beautiful images of our planet from above in Google Earth, zooming in and out at dizzying rates, I thought it would be interesting to compare all of these vistas at a fixed scale—to see what New York City, Venice, or the Grand Canyon would look like from the same virtual height. So, the following images are snapshots from Google Earth, all rectangles of the same size and scale, approximately three and a half miles (5.6 kilometers) wide by two miles (3.2 kilometers) tall—showing seven square miles (18.1 square kilometers, or 4,480 acres) of the surface of our planet in each view.
2. Manhattan, including Central Park, the Upper West Side, and parts of the Upper East Side, Midtown, and the Hudson River
3. Seven square miles of farmland near Madison, Wisconsin
4. The islands of Venice, Italy, its canals, port, and rail station
5. A seven-square-mile snapshot of the 2,700,000-square-mile Amazon rainforest in Brazil.
6. A section of Upsala Glacier in Argentina.
7. Sand dunes of the Tengger Desert encroach on Chaganbulage Administrative Village in China's Inner Mongolia.
8. Seven square miles encompassing parts of Shinjuku and Nakano in Tokyo, Japan.
9. Multiple channels of a braided river in southern Iceland.
10. A seven-square-mile view of mountains and rock formations near the town of Torotoro in the Charcas province of Bolivia.
11. Farm fields carved around ponds, lakes, and trees in Vermilion, Alberta, Canada.
12. The twists and bends of a river in the forest in Atalaia do Norte, in the Brazilian state of Amazonas.
13. Seven square miles of Washington, D.C., from the Lincoln Memorial near the Potomac River
14. River water flows into Lake Superior's Black Bay near Hurkett in Ontario, Canada.
15. Panama's Saboga Island, in the Gulf of Panama, on the Pacific side. Wikipedia lists the island's current population as 713.
Check out the rest over at The Atlantic here.