Last update: December 9th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which is located in the foothills of the active volcano Pichincha.
Quito is a modern city that was once a crossroads for trade routes through the Andes, the capital of the Incan empire, and a 16th century Spanish colony.
The city now has about two million residents, and exploded in size annually by 3.8 percent from 2000 to 2013.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory