40 Years of Massive City Growth as Seen From Space

Cities across the globe have seen unprecedented growth in recent decades. While revisiting a city after a period of time can reveal some surprising changes, the true extent of the expansion of some urban centers can only be truly appreciated from above. Way above.

The Landsat satellite program is the longest continuous archive of images of Earth from space in existence. Run since 1972 this record of the surface of our planet reveals invaluable insight for scientists and the public alike. A record like this is particularly useful for studying change and understanding the human impact on the landscape.

For example the desert city of Las Vegas has gone through a massive growth spurt.

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