via theatlantic:

A Satellite View of City Growth, in GIFS

Dubai 2000 and 2010:

One of the best examples of the instant megacity, Dubai has changed dramatically since oil was discovered there in the 1960s. The change over just the past decade has been incredible.

Istanbul 1975 and 2011:

As Istanbul goes from blood red to grayish-beige in these images, the population grows from about 2.5 million in 1975 to 13 million in 2011.

See more [Images: NASA and USGS]

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