A skyline is the horizon created by a city's overall structure, or by human intervention in a non-urban setting or in nature. City skylines serve as a kind of fingerprint as no two skylines are alike. For this reason, news and sports programs, television shows, and movies often display the skyline of a city to set a location. The term The Sky Line of New York City was first introduced in 1896, when it was the title of a color lithograph by Charles Graham for the color supplement of the New York Journal.
Stonehenge's skyline has been known for millennia.
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Some natural skylines have been unintentionally modified for commercial reasons.
Towers from different eras make for contrasting skylines.
Some remote locations have striking skylines, created either by nature or by sparse human settlement in an environment not conducive to housing significant populations.
Skylines are sometimes used as backgrounds for movies, television shows, news websites, and in other forms of media.
Several services rank skylines based on their own subjective criteria. Emporis is one such service, which uses height and other data to give point values to buildings and add them together for skylines.
When Charles Graham's view of New York was published, the new term used in the title, "sky line," caught on immediately.
geographers have tended to neglect the substantial impact of skyscrapers on urban life.