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Las Vegas, 1972-2013

What Doesn't Stay in Vegas? Sprawl.

This image series shows the desert city's massive growth spurt since 1972. The outward expansion of the city is shown in a false-color time lapse of data from all the Landsat satellites.

The large red areas are actually green space, mostly golf courses and city parks. You'll notice the images become a lot sharper around 1984, when new instrument designs improved the ability to resolve smaller parcels of land.

These Las Vegas images were created using reflected light from the near-infrared, red and green portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (Landsat 5 TM bands 4,3,2 and Landsat 1-3 MSS bands 4,2,1).

Landsat data have been instrumental in increasing our understanding of forest health, storm damage, agricultural trends, urban growth, and many other ongoing changes to our land resources. Studies using Landsat data have helped land managers keep track of the pace of urbanization in locations around the world.

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) jointly manage Landsat, and the USGS preserves a 40-year archive of Landsat images with free distribution of data over the Internet. The next Landsat satellite, now known as the Landsat Data Continuty Mission (LDCM) and later to be called Landsat 8, is scheduled for a launch in February 2013.



Timelapse animation of Lake Mead and the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1972-2013, as captured by Landsat sensors.  The images are false-color, showing healthy vegetation in red. Music, no narration.    Timelapse animation of Lake Mead and the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1972-2013, as captured by Landsat sensors. The images are false-color, showing healthy vegetation in red.

Music, no narration.
Duration: 38.7 seconds
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Timelapse animation of the western half of Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1972-2013, as captured by Landsat sensors.  The images are in false-color, showing healthy vegetation in red. Music, no narration.    Timelapse animation of the western half of Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1972-2013, as captured by Landsat sensors. The images are in false-color, showing healthy vegetation in red.

Music, no narration.
Duration: 38.2 seconds
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Watch as irrigated vegetation (red) and impervious surfaces (gray) expand outwards from the valley.    Watch as irrigated vegetation (red) and impervious surfaces (gray) expand outwards from the valley.
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Lake Mead's water (black) is seen in decline in the past decade.    Lake Mead's water (black) is seen in decline in the past decade.
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A majority of its population, more than 1,500,000 people, moved to Las Vegas since 1972.    A majority of its population, more than 1,500,000 people, moved to Las Vegas since 1972.
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Still image of Las Vegas, 2010, from Landsat data.  This false-color image shows healthy vegetation in red and roads and buildings in gray.  The brightest red colors are mostly golf courses, with a small number of city parks, and one lone wetlands area stretching away from the southwest edge of the city.    Still image of Las Vegas, 2010, from Landsat data. This false-color image shows healthy vegetation in red and roads and buildings in gray. The brightest red colors are mostly golf courses, with a small number of city parks, and one lone wetlands area stretching away from the southwest edge of the city.

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Animation Number:10721
Completed:2012-03-05
Animator:Marit Jentoft-Nilsen (RSIS) (Lead)
Video Editor:Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA)
Producer:Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA)
Scientist:James R. Irons (NASA/GSFC)
Writer:Aries Keck (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:Landsat
Series:Geophysical Changes Over Time
 Landsat
Goddard TV Tape:G2011-092 -- Las Vegas, 1972-2010
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Landsat images obtained from USGS Earth Explorer

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Landsat
SVS >> Las Vegas
SVS >> Music
SVS >> Urban Growth
SVS >> Urban Sprawl
SVS >> Urbanization
 
 


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