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Phoenix, Arizona has seen its population increase at a rate greater than that of its urban boundaries. This trend is by necessity, since the water supply cannot feed an ever-expanding metropolitan area.  Provided here are questions that will help guide a discussion about urban sprawl.

  • When you think of urban sprawl, what do you picture?
  • How is urban sprawl in Phoenix different from the typical urban sprawl?
  • How has the invention of the air conditioner affected population growth in Phoenix?
  • The population of Phoenix is increasing, yet the boundaries of the city remain the same. Why is this occurring?
  • What foremost problem does the growing city of Phoenix face?

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Related Links from NASA

  • Urban Sprawl: the Big Picture
    Read about how scientists are working to bring satellite data about urban sprawl to local planners and politicians.
  • Urbanization'­s Aftermath
    As urbanization spreads, what are its effects on area wildlife? See how scientists are seeking to learn more.
  • Showdown in the Rio Grande
    Closely tied to urban sprawl is the use of water. Learn more about the particular questions surrounding this issue in the Rio Grande.

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