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How #Shanghai pulled land out of the sea to create more habitable space [as seen from space]

Editor’s Note: The following story is based on our new feature World of Change: Sprawling Shanghai. The number of people living in Shanghai is not the only thing about the city that has increased dramatically since the 1980s. The amount of land available to its residents has grown as well. By building seawalls just off the coast to capture outflowing sediment, and by using dredging equipment that sucks up and moves large volumes of sand, Shanghai has added well over 580 square kilometers (220 square miles) of land to its shorelines since 1985. Such projects have changed the face of Shanghai. As seen in these Landsat images, the city sits on a peninsula south of the Yangtze River that has the rough shape of a nose. (Click on the images above to download a larger view and see the nose shape more clearly.) Notice how much the “tip” of the nose lengthened between 1984 and 2016...

Full article: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89836&...

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