Image Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Beijing, China

TLF ID M013848

This resource is a series of satellite images of Beijing showing changes from 1977 to 2011 accompanied by a text explanation including a recent history of the development of Beijing. The text describes visible features such as the Inner City, the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace Museum), the Temple of Heaven, one of three city parks in the Outer City, and Kunming Hu Lake. Images and text together chart changes over time such as the new runway complex of the Capital Airport, opened in 2007, the Olympic complex that was built for the 2008 summer Olympic Games and the new city of Fangzhuang. The resource includes a link to references.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the Reshaping nations unit of study in the year 8 geography curriculum. It is of particular use for the content descriptions referring to the causes and consequences of urbanisation, using a case study from the Asia region; and the changing distribution of population in China and its consequences for rural and urban areas. The resource could also be useful for Geographical Inquiry and Skills.
  • The resource supports the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: U.S. Geological Survey
  • Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Publisher
  • Name: U.S. Geological Survey
  • Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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  • Image
  • Text
  • This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) material is in the public domain and may be used without restriction, provided proper credit is given.