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Las Vegas rises from the desert
The city of Las Vegas has been developed in one of the harshest places on Earth. Careful management of water resources has turned wilderness into a prosperous and thriving city that has tripled in size in thirty years. The population has grown from 8,000 to 2 million and the tourist industry adds to this number. First broadcast on 'Supersized Earth' on BBC1 in November 2012.
Could be useful when analysing the relationship between natural resources and population. Las Vegas is a city that shouldn’t be able to survive, but careful water management has led to its rapid growth.
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