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San Diego and the Emerald City

San Diego, California

Story by UrtheCast Gallery June 24th, 2016

San Diego

San Diego has been heralded as the birthplace of California — where Europeans first set foot upon the shores of America’s west coast. With a population of over 1, 390, 000, San Diego is the second most populous city in California. It boasts beautiful beaches, a rich history, and a long association with the U.S. Navy. San Diego has also served as a hub for aviation and tuna fishing, and all signs point to a burgeoning future in biotechnology.

Next week, the UrtheCast Crew will be descending upon San Diego for the annual ESRI User Conference. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by booth #232 to learn about our variety of data offerings and the UrthePlatform.

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The emerald city

One of San Diego’s closest neighbours, sitting directly across the San Diego Bay, is the tourist town of Coronado. One of its most popular destinations, Coronado Beach, isn’t at all difficult to spot from space with an enormous ‘Coronado’ written in sand dunes, which you can see below.

Coronado Beach is also home to the famed Hotel del Coronado (at the bottom second image below), which despite its red rooftops, is rumoured to have inspired the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Some locals even affectionately refer to it as the Emerald City. The novel upon which the movie was developed, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was written by L. Frank Baum, a frequent traveller to Coronado, where he wrote many of his famed Oz books.

One more fun fact: Coronado Beach often makes the annual list of top 10 beaches in America.

Image series captured by UrtheCast’s Deimos-2 satellite.

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Footnote: by Theras Wood, Manager, Content and Communications
San Diego, CA, United States