What sprawls in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Time-lapse images from the Landsat series of Earth-monitoring satellites reveal in false-color, multispectral imagery how urban sprawl has stretched out from Nevada’s “Sin City” over the past four decades. This latest video was posted by NASA in honor of the 28th anniversary of Landsat 5’s launch on March 1, but the pictures actually go back to 1972, when the Landsat program began. Such images help planners keep track of the pace of development, which may affect future water use, zoning regulations and other policies.

Article by Alan Boyle for MSNBC. Special thanks to Joseph Kerski from ESRI for sharing the link with us for our readers!