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Sydney, Australia, is a growing cosmopolitan city. Besides its recent growth, however, these images show that Sydney takes advantage of the natural beauty of its mountains and harbours.

Except for the shoreline to the east, Sydney is surrounded by green on all sides. The deep green south of Sydney includes national parks, recreation areas, and a military reserve. These areas prevent urban development from moving that direction. Royal National Park is located along the coast of the Tasman Sea just south of Sydney.

Over the past several decades, Sydney’s expansion has been mostly westward, toward the Blue Mountains.

 

Fact: Australia is the 6th largest country in the world. But it has the 3rd lowest population density with just under 3 people per square kilometer. About one-fifth of the country’s population lives in Sydney.

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Oct. 12, 1975, Landsat 2 (path/row 95/84) — Sydney, Australia
Sept. 6, 1991, Landsat 5 (path/row 89/84) — Sydney, Australia
Sept. 12, 2002, Landsat 7 (path/row 89/84) — Sydney, Australia
Sept. 18, 2013, Landsat 8 (path/row 89/84) — Sydney, Australia
Sept. 3, 2019, Landsat 8 (path/row 89/84) — Sydney, Australia

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