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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Booming Las Vegas

NASA satellite imagery shows 40 years of growth in Las Vegas Valley
In case you hadn't heard, Las Vegas grew a bit over the past 40 years.

Now NASA has found a way to illustrate that eruption in less than a minute.
Using detailed satellite images from the agency's Landsat program, the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland has created a video charting the valley's sprawl from 1972 through 2010.

In the span of 40 seconds, Las Vegas expands outward like a stucco tsunami, pushing west toward Red Rock Canyon. It actually resembles a rash, thanks to the false-color images that show vegetation in red and roads and buildings in gray.

Goddard spokeswoman Aries Keck said they picked Las Vegas because they were looking for a dramatic example of growth over a relatively short span of time.




Anonymous said...

Wow, it's absolutely incredible to see how much Las Vegas grew in that amount of time. People always talk about how much it has grown but too see it physically changing through those images is amazing.

Taylor Bishop
Com 101

Anonymous said...

This was very interesting to see how much Las Vegas has grown. When I came to visit my mom one time here in 1984, she shown me how much more building was done since I was there a year ago in 1983. We never thought we see homes all the way to beautiful Red Rock. Some areas need to be left alone and see nature as it was.

Anita Falconetti
comm 101-4049

Cameron Rand com101 4044 said...

WOW! this was one of the coolest rapid growth popluation video I've seen. It is incredible how fast Vegas has grown, and what the next 40 years have in store for this city.

Ashley said...

It's crazy to see through satellite video of how the city you were born and raised in has grown. Thus far, for me the past 23 years of my knowledge growth of Las Vegas, and witnessing the first hand, has one word coming to mind.. money hungry. I've seen childhood memories ( Wet N' Wild) being brought down to ground for the replacement of unfinished luxury sky rises. Parks where I would go as a child and play in the past replaced by brand new homes, which ironically have foreclosed homes right next to them. Welcome to Las Vegas I suppose.

Sabrina Garcia (COM 101 #4049) said...

What an awesome display of our city's growth! I found it funny that I was thinking "The city looks like a rash on the desert" while watching, and when reading the article below found that they said the same thing. I wonder where our city will expand once they reach the edge of Red Rock, however...

Anonymous said...

That's pretty cool that they can do that. I'd like to see it myself. I guess I'm apart of the rash in Las Vegas:)

Chris Smith com101 sec4049

Anonymous said...

This is so cool to watch. I remember when I was little to how to city looks now. I can only imagine having been here for 30 years and seeing the quick growth.
Breanna Linsley
com 101 4080

Holly Knowlton said...

A friend from work email this to me. I think its pretty neat. I'm 25 and born and raised here in Vegas. Since i've gotten older i'm much more aware of the changing surroundings. I've definitely turned into one of those people who always say, " I remember when...."

Holly Knowlton com 101 4080