Answers: Can You Identify All 32 World Cup Countries From Space?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 3:20PM
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 3:20PM
Answers: Can You Identify All 32 World Cup Countries From Space?

 

1. CHILE - A glimpse of beautiful greenery amidst the vast Atacama Desert that spans northern Chile, as well as Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. 

 

 

2. ALGERIA - Wind and occasional rains shape these 'star dunes', distinctive to the mighty Sahara which stretches right through Algeria.

 

 

 

3. FRANCE - Paris, the metropole of light, glimmers all the way up to space.

 

 

4. CROATIA - Galešnjak, the tiny (yet famous) heart-shaped island off the coast of Croatia.

 

 

5. AUSTRALIA - Clearly visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic structure on the planet. 

 

 

6. USA - Spanning almost 300 miles of American terrain and running over 6000 feet deep, it's no wonder the Grand Canyon is such a beautiful sight from space.

 

 

7. ECUADOR - No, this isn't an abstract landscape painting, this is a false-color image of Ecuador's highlands taken by the ESA's Envisat spacecraft. 

 

 

8. GREECE - At night, Greece's popular isles appear in space as a beautiful sprinkling of light amidst the dark Mediterranean sea. 

 

 

9. IRAN - The country's largest desert, The Dasht-e Kavir, "is primarily [an] uninhabited wasteland, composed of mud and salt marshes covered with crusts of salt that protect the meager moisture from completely evaporating," says NASA.

 

 

10. BELGIUM - All roads lead to... Liege! The city's bright lights fade into the country, guided by the city's well-lit network of roadways. 

 

 

11. SPAIN - The port of Barcelona isn't the biggest in Europe, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful.

 

 

12. PORTUGAL - In cultural hotspot Lisbon, the night is never-ending.

 

 

13. JAPAN - The Island Nation is as beautiful from space as it is from the ground. 

 

 

14. SWITZERLAND - The Swiss Alps, famous for Saint Bernards, Bernese Mountain Dogs, fondue, and of course, it's snowy ski slopes. 

 

 

15. HONDURAS - The island of Roatán is the giveaway here, but did you spot Belize's Lighthouse Reef glowing turquoise at the top of the picture?

 

 

16. CAMEROON - These steep volcanic slopes are able to grow greenery seventeen million years after the formation of Monts Bamboutus.

 

 

17. BRAZIL!! - That's the Amazon river that spans our World Cup host's rain forest. 

 

 

18. MEXICO - All you Californians should know this one, it's your next-door neighbor, the Baja Peninsula!

 

 

19. ITALY - Venice, the sinking city, remains as striking from above as it is on the ground. No wonder so many pigeons flock to St. Marco's Square.

 

 

20. COSTA RICA - Green landscapes bursting with volcanoes and rainforest.

 

 

21. ARGENTINA - The Panará River marks Argentina's landscape with twists and turns. 

 

 

22. ENGLAND - England is famous for its damp winters, but in 2013, the country was gripped by an icy snowstorm.

 

 

23. URUGUAY - The massive Río de la Plata estuary joins the Panará and Uruguay rivers to the Atlantic ocean. 

 

 

24. SOUTH KOREA - The border between North and South Korea is clear, even from space.

 

 

25. COLOMBIA - One of Colombia's active volcanoes, Nevado del Ruiz.

 

 

26. NIGERIA - One of Nigeria's many oil reserves. 

 

 

27. IVORY COAST - A literal Ivory Coast due to the agricultural method of burning fields. 

 

 

28. GERMANY - The Berlin Wall has been down for twenty years, but even from space, history leaves it's mark. 

 

 

29.  GHANA - This UNESCO-protected Songor Lagoon is a prime stopping point for migratory birds from all over the world. 

 

 

30. RUSSIA - Russia's capital, Moscow, is flanked by a beautiful aurora.

 

 

31. NETHERLANDS - The tulip fields of Holland are almost as beautiful to look upon from space as they are down on the ground.

 

 

32. BOSNIA - The beautiful city capital, Saravejo, nestles between Bosnia's green mountain ranges.

 

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(OuterPlaces HQ's averaged about 19/32)

 

[credit: ESA, NASA, Chris Hadfield, Digital Globes, Europics, Google/GeoEye, PlantetObserver/Science Photo Library]

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