What the Growth of D.C. Looked Like From Space

A history of growth and expansion is visible to the naked eye with photos covering a wide breadth of the planet and just a few short years.

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April 24, 2016, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Washington D.C. Row Houses

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Jason Samenow shares the news of a recent publication by University of Maryland researchers "showing the extent of impervious surfaces [around Washington, D.C.] in both 1984 and 2010."

The images are part of a study published recently in the Remote Sensing of Environment journal.

NASA's Earth Observatory also has a post sharing and describing the images.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 in The Washington Post

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