Earth  ID: 30215

Urban Growth in Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas—meaning the meadows—was established in 1905. Its grassy meadows and artesian springs attracted settlers traveling across the arid Desert Southwest in the early 1800s. In the 1930s, gambling became legalized and construction of the Hoover Dam began, resulting in the city's first growth spurt. Since then, Las Vegas has not stopped growing. Population has reached nearly two million over the past decade, becoming one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the world. These false-color images show the rapid urbanization of Las Vegas between 1984 and 2014. The city streets and other impervious surfaces appear gray, while irrigated vegetation appears red. Over the years, the expansion of irrigated vegetation (e.g., lawns and golf courses) has stretched the city’s desert bounds.

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Missions:
Landsat
LDCM: Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Data Used:
Landsat-5/TM 1984 - 2011
Landsat-4/MSS
Landsat-3/MSS
Landsat-2/MSS
Landsat-1/MSS
Landsat
Landsat-7/ETM+
Landsat-8/OLI/Band Combination 5, 4, 3
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Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Las Vegas
SVS >> Urban Growth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Land Use/Land Cover >> Land Cover
GCMD >> Location >> Nevada
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Presentation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Habitat Conversion/fragmentation >> Urbanization/urban Sprawl

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0