Located on the northern coast of the Gulf of Kutch on the west coast of India, Mundra Port is India.s largest private port. Its location provides a convenient international trade gateway to Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East.

Since operations began in 1999, the Port has developed into a major economic and transportation center for the region and for India. The port hosts extensive docks and warehouses and boasts significant modern technologies for inventory and navigation requirements.

Over 60,000 workers maintain the various facilities. Coal handling (the world.s largest facility), crude oil transfers, and grain crops are routinely routed through the large systems.

Landsat satellite data, acquired and processed by the U.S. Geological Survey, illustrate the changes to the port facilities and to the region. A large road network connects the port to area communities, which have grown in recent decades as the port has developed.

These Landsat images show the changes in the area from 1999 when the project was begun to 2011.

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Monday, June 6, 2011