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Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Garden City, Kansas, USA

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U.S. Geological Survey, 2013, Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Garden City, Kansas, USA: U.S. Geological Survey.

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Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space. These Landsat images feature the significant growth in the use of center-pivot irrigation—essentially enormous sprinkler systems—in Kansas between 1972 and 2011. The Arkansas River flows east just south of Garden City in southwestern Kansas. From 1972 to 1990, Garden City's population grew from about 15,000 to about 24,000. The town's population as recorded by the 2010 Census stood at 26,658. Much of the former shortgrass prairie of western Kansas is now irrigated cropland. Common crops in this area are corn, wheat, and sorghum. Red areas in the images are healthy vegetation. Light-colored cultivated fields in the images are fallow [...]

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