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A Sinking City

México City, México

Story by UrtheCast Gallery July 7th, 2016

Venice has company — more than 6,200 miles away.

Parts of Mexico City, the most populous city in North America, are sinking at the alarming rate of ~2.5 cm each month. Sitting atop a giant aquifer, the city sinks (experiences ‘subsidence’) as the aquifer is drained for drinking water and industry use.

The city’s most vulnerable areas are located around the Mexico City International airport (also called the Benito Juárez International Airport), seen below. Take a closer look at the affected areas in this image captured with ESA’s Sentinel-1 satellite in November of 2014, around the same time that the UrtheCast image was captured.

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Below, spot Mexico City’s TAPO bus terminal, with its dome gleaming in the sun and busses circling its central hub.

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The beauty really is in the details.

Adjacent to the airport is a near-perfect web of 16 streets that spread out from Plaza Del Ejecutivo.

Image series captured by UrtheCast‘s Deimos-2 satellite.

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Footnote: by Theras Wood, Manager, Content and Communications
Mexico City, Mexico