Orbital View: Mosaic City

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

From above, the northern Italian city of Albenga looks like a mosaic made from tiny shards of colored glass:

Why so much blue? From the caption:

The economy of Albenga is primarily driven by tourism, local commerce, and agriculture. When viewing the town from above, it’s easy to see the amount of space dedicated to agriculture because of the widespread use of greenhouses or “plasticulture.” The use of plastic covering is designed to increase produce yield, increase produce size, and shorten growth time.

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