Bahrain
Bahrain

The most noticeable land change in these Landsat images is simply the addition of land itself. In Bahrain, a nation of 36 islands in the Middle East, ...

Black Rock Playa, Nevada, USA
Black Rock Playa, Nevada, USA

In a desolate corner of Nevada, a playa surrounded by rugged mountains and described as dry, dusty, desolate, and devoid of vegetation comes to life t...

Doha, Qatar
Doha, Qatar

Doha, the capital of Qatar, used to be a small fishing and pearl diving village. It’s now Qatar’s largest city with skyscrapers and a fast-growing urb...

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) holds about 6% of the world’s total oil reserves. The oil cannot last forever, so Dubai is thinking of the future. The ...

Escondida Mine, Chile
Escondida Mine, Chile

Isolated in Chile’s northern Atacama Desert, the open-pit Escondida Mine is the world’s largest source of copper. Escondida means “hidden” in Spanish,...

Lake Hamoun, Iran and Afghanistan
Lake Hamoun, Iran and Afghanistan

The Sistan Basin lies on the Iran-Afghanistan border. Melted snow from the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan nourishes this dry basin. The Helmand R...

Lake Urmia, Iran
Lake Urmia, Iran

Lake Urmia in Iran is another closed basin lake that has been shrinking. Continuous declines in water flowing into the lake have caused a general decl...

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Las Vegas grew from a population of 1,375,765 in 2000 to 1,9...

Nile River Delta, Egypt
Nile River Delta, Egypt

These images show the dramatic urban growth within the Nile River Delta and the expansion of agriculture into adjoining desert areas. The Nile is the ...

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Not too long ago, Nouakchott, Mauritania, was a small fishing town. It became the country’s capital in 1958, shortly before Mauritania became independ...

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Phoenix, Arizona, and its suburbs are growing rapidly, both in population and area. Landsat images show striking changes in the Phoenix metropolitan a...

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The modernization of Saudi Arabia has been a recent and rapid phenomenon. Here we see two aspects of this transformation: explosive urbanization and c...

Rosso, Mauritania
Rosso, Mauritania

The border area of Mauritania and Senegal in westernmost Africa is an example of both expanding irrigation and desertification. The international bord...

Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City, Kuwait
Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City, Kuwait

In southeastern Kuwait, on the coast of the Persian Gulf, a fascinating transformation is underway. It looks kind of like what you always wished you c...

Salar de Atacama, Chile
Salar de Atacama, Chile

If you like being connected to the world everywhere you go with a smartphone or other device, then you have a desolate salt flat in northern Chile to ...

Sharq El Owainat, Egypt
Sharq El Owainat, Egypt

The Landsat satellites were designed to detect landscape changes over time. However, sometimes what Landsat needs to see on the Earth’s surface is no ...

Toshka Project, Egypt
Toshka Project, Egypt

In southern Egypt, the sandy desert turned, temporarily at least, into a lakes region. Beginning in 1998, lakes quickly appeared and almost as quickly...

Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, Saudi Arabia
Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, Saudi Arabia

Oil and water don’t mix. But in the desert of Saudi Arabia, they do have something in common. They are both nonrenewable resources. Almost no agricult...