Since the early 1980s, the population of this island nation in the
Persian Gulf has quadrupled. In 2022, it reached 1.5 million.
population density has increased and urban development has spread, the
need for land has grown.
“Like other countries in the [Persian] Gulf, rapid population growth
and the simultaneous increase in urbanization, along with land scarcity,
has pushed Bahrain to invest in mega land reclamation projects to
extend its coastline,” said Eman Ghoneim, a physical geographer at the
University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Visualization with the GeoGarage platform (UKHO raster map)
These images show changes across 35 years.
The first image was
captured by the Thematic Mapper on Landsat 5 on August 17, 1987.