A Desert City Blooms

A Desert City Blooms
  • Credit:

    NASA GSFC Landsat/LDCM EPO Team
The desert city of Las Vegas has gone through a massive growth spurt. The outward expansion of the city is shown here with a series of false-color images. The dark purple grid of city streets and the green of irrigated vegetation grow into the surrounding desert in every direction. These images were created using reflected light from the shortwave infrared, near-infrared, and green portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (Landsat 5 TM bands 7,4,2).

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  • Data Date:

    July 2, 1984 - January 12, 2009
  • Visualization Date:

    May 17, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Landsat 5 - TM


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