Las Vegas wasn’t always a major resort city blanketed with casinos, flashy hotels and shopping centres.
Over the last four decades, the city has grown from about 126,000 people to nearly 600,000, while steadily expanding into the desert landscape.
The region’s continuous growth is captured in a series of images taken by NASA’s Earth-observing Landsat satellites between 1972 and 2010. The time-lapse video was uploaded to the space agency’s Flickr page to honour the 28th anniversary of Landsat 5, which was launched on March 1, 1984.
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