Orbital View: Outside the Lines

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

The thick borders on this plot of land look straight out of a coloring book:

That symmetrical pattern, however, is definitely not the handiwork of a child. From Daily Overview’s caption:

Agricultural fields line the shores of the Itaipu Reservoir—a body of water that forms the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The area’s tropical climate makes it an ideal place to grow sugarcane, coffee, tea, and cotton.

Speaking of the Daily Overview and South America, CityLab Latino—the Spanish-language version of CityLab that launched today—is featuring a spectacular selection of Overview shots above Latin America, selected especially for the site by Daily Overview founder Benjamin Grant. (If you love his work, as we do, check out the Overview print shot.)

(See all Orbital Views here)