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Paris, France

January 17, 2006
Twenty years separate these two Landsat thematic mapper images of Paris, the capital city of France.

Paris, known as the City of Light (la Ville Lumière), is built on an arc of the River Seine and is divided into two parts: the Right Bank to the north and the Left Bank to the south.

The comparison between the 1984 image on the left and the 2004 image on the right suggests that Paris has not experienced substantial growth in the last 20 years. The oval shape of the city can be clearly seen in both of the images and they show just how little Paris has grown.

Unlike other large European cities, Paris has not extended its administrative limits and there has not been a huge increase in the population. However, the population density in the city of Paris is very high compared to other European cities and it has not seen the same trend of relocation to the suburbs as has been experienced by other western cities.

In both of the images, one can see the River Seine winding its way through the center of the images. The grey and purple pixels denote the urban area. The heart of the city appears greyer than the suburbs. The patchwork of green, brown, tan and yellow surrounding the city is farmland.

To the south of the city, the large bright area is Orly Airport and, at the top of the images, you can see a bright area which is the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in nearby Roissy-en-France.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 17-Jun-1984
  • Center coordinates: lat. 48.86, lon. 2.32


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