Plymouth is situated along Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. Plymouth holds a place of great prominence in American history, folklore, and culture, and is known as “America’s Hometown.” The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower, and landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. An early celebration has been called the first Thanksgiving. 

While the USGS archive of aerial photography and satellite imagery does not span back to the 1600s, the millions of aerial and satellite observations held in the archive can provide the opportunity to see change over time for most places on earth. These images of Plymouth show the area in 1960, 1995, and 2005.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012