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April 2, 2014 - Urban expansion in Cairo, Egypt

Urban Grown in Cairo Egypt
Landsat 5
April 6, 1987
Urban Grown in Cairo Egypt after image
Landsat 8
March 15, 2014
Urban Grown in Cairo Egypt location map
Urban Grown in Cairo Egypt
Urban Grown in Cairo Egypt after image
April 6, 1987 March 15, 2014
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Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, located in northeastern Africa, has expanded dramatically in the past 28 years. In the Landsat images above, the contrast between the lush vegetation of irrigated fields (bright green) and the desert (tan) is very clear. Cairo, shown as the large gray expanse, increased in population from an estimated 6 million in 1986 to over 15 million in 2014. Urbanization into the neighboring desert is also noticeable by the increased size of the smaller urban areas surrounding the city.