The BBC Dimensions website takes landmark events and phenomena and superimposes them onto a satellite view of any city, neighborhood, or area. The Apollo 11 moon landing, for example, an event of great historical significance, covered an area smaller than the average parking lot, and the 2010 floods in Pakistan spanned a region equivalent to half of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Users pick from a series of events, places, and things—from a blueprint of the pyramids of Giza to the area affected by the Battle of Stalingrad to the depth of the Mariana Trench—and type in a zip or postal code; the website then generates a satellite image of the area with the event outlined in yellow. Some dimensions can be printed out as directions for walks, for an even more physical appreciation of the distances involved. History and current events are rendered more tangible and immediate, bridging physical and conceptual distance.
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