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Urban Growth in Cairo 1965-98
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Urban Growth in Cairo 1965-98

The population of the Cairo metropolitan area has increased from less than 6 million in 1965 when the first picture was taken, to more than 10 million in 1998 (United Nations Population Division, World Urbanization Prospects, the 1999 revision). Population densities within the city are some of the highest in the world and the urban area has doubled to more than 400 square kilometers during that period. Extraordinary rates of population growth are expected to continue, with a predicted population of around 14 million by 2015.

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Growth of São Paulo, Brazil
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Growth of São Paulo, Brazil

Nearly 10 percent of Brazil’s population lives in São Paulo, which ranks as the tenth largest city in the world.

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Urban Growth of New Delhi
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Urban Growth of New Delhi

Croplands and grasslands around New Delhi are being converted into city structures to create one of the fastest urban expansions in the world.

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The World’s Largest Urban Area
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The World’s Largest Urban Area

Rapid growth in several cities along the Pearl River Delta has made a Chinese megacity larger and more populous than any other urban area in the world.

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Tehran Urbanization
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Tehran Urbanization

Explosive urban growth is documented in this pair of images of Tehran from 1985 and 2009.

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Growth in Washington, District of Columbia
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Growth in Washington, District of Columbia

Acquired on August 27, 1984, and August 22, 2011, these images document growth around Washington, DC.

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Mumbai, India
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Mumbai, India

With almost 23 million residents, Mumbai, India, is the second largest city in the world. Rapid population growth in Mumbai is evident in this image from the International Space Station that shows several regions of the city with active land reclamation activities on its coasts, bays and hinterlands.

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