Chinese metropolitan area of Shanghai reclaims land from shallow coastal waters at a rapid rate

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A handout composite photo made available by NASA Earth Observatory of two satellite images showing Nanhui New City, a newly-built city in the Pudong district on Hangzhou Bay, some 60 kilometers southeast from downtown Shanghai, China, on 20 July 2016 (L) and 29 July 2019 (R) (issued 11 December 2019).

Nanhui New City, which is planned to be completed in 2020, aims at attracting thousands of residents and tourists by 2020.

The Chinese metropolitan area of Shanghai has ranked high on lists of economic and population growth in recent decades.

While reclaimed land is typically used for ports, industry, and housing, Shanghai stands out for devoting some of its new land to parks, forests, and wetlands.

Chinese metropolitan area of Shanghai reclaims land from shallow coastal waters at a rapid rate

 

Via EPA-EFE/NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY HANDOUT

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