|Libyan Arab Jamahiriya|
|Tripoli, the capital city of Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, is located on the country's Mediterranean coast along a narrow band of fertile lowlands that quickly give way to a vast interior of arid, rocky plains and seas of sand. Tripoli has undergone steady urban growth over the past thirty years. These satellite images, from 1976 and 2006, document some of the major changes in urban extent and the intensification of agriculture in the area surrounding the city.|
Urban areas appear as shades of grey. Darker patches south of the city, visible in the 1976 image, represent grasslands that have since been converted to agricultural fields. Bright green areas are planted croplands. A few small areas of natural vegetation remain (yellow arrows).
Before the GMMR project began supplying water to the Tripoli area, the city's demands on the coastal Upper Aquifer were raising concerns of unsustainable use leading to salinisation of coastal water resources. The GMMR project began supplying water to Tripoli in August 1996 and is continuing to expand its delivery across the country's coastal area.
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