March 6

Dear Division 16,

As we continue thinking about immigration and the movement of people around the world, and as we start to look forward to Student Vote and our study of the upcoming election, it is a good time to think both backwards and forwards about our communities.

I found this link on the CBC webpage that shows satellite images over time that demonstrate both the growth of cities, and the results of changes to our environment.

Please take a look at the link and then answer the question below:

Note that in the first video, there is a small inset map that you can drag around to look at various regions.  Check out the places where your family and friends live!

In your post, please comment on one of the following:

  1. Did you notice any patterns in the growth of the cities?  What pattern? What do you think it means?
  2. Did you connect this to anything you know or have experienced? Explain.

I look forward to your responses!



  1. Touchdown

    What I notice was that many of the big cities has cut down a lot of forest as they got bigger. But what surprised me the most is that Victoria had a lot of trees and forest but I always though of Victoria as a big green city and it is, but not as much as I thought it is.

  2. super cheese cake

    #1 I noticed that all the cities starts beside sea and grew into the land. It means that people got to Vancouver by ships and boats. After they arrived they started exploring towards the center of the island, like the video it shows cities going towards the center.

  3. Flying Mandarin

    #1. I noticed that lots of cities have built homes and offices. You can see that they are building where they can find land to build on. You can see green disappearing from the map. I think this cause the ice melt from the glacier.

  4. GamingPickle84

    #1 what I noticed was most nature was getting removed and houses started to change get bigger and bigger also what I noticed was small cities grew all over the place and bigger cities generally grew in one way

  5. crazymemeslol123

    #1 i saw that most of the green in vancouver were removed by fray buildings then they turned green again and then gray like an on and off switch but each year was different then the other was a surprise to me because i thought vancouver was one of the most greenest cities in the world.

  6. the engineer

    In the cities development section, the videos showed a lot of areas that change from green to grey and brown. I am guessing that those change in colours are buildings being made. The pattern I found was that until the year 2000, not much was really being built, but then after the year 2000 the cities started expanding much more rapidly. Another pattern that I found was whenever the cities got bigger; they seemed to mostly expand on their fringes.

  7. Spamlington

    #1. I noticed that when I was looking at the Vancouver timelapse the coastlines seemed to be shrinking. I don’t know why this is happening, but I think it means that Vancouver is focusing a lot more on the centre of the city rather than the outskirts.

  8. Amythest

    1. Most of the images and time lapses weren’t loading for me, but from what I saw it was very interesting. I noticed that the population for every place has grown an incredible amount. Most developed places didn’t have a lot of greenery mostly just buildings, houses, and water. For Vancouver there was barely any green, which is kind of sad because we’re cutting down trees and bushes, and just building houses, and buildings.

  9. SoccerBoyabc123

    #1 most of the time laps they were of growing cities which means that there growth is quite big and i agree with touchdown that i was surprised how much Victoria grew. The places in that have a lot of free space and small buildings they knock those down and build taller ones . The patter which i thought was the biggest was that they all branch out far and they put as much residence in a small place as possible.

  10. the Time traveler

    The way i connected to this was that over my life I have noticed significant changes in the real estate in Vancouver. i know that there have been buildings knocked down and houses destroyed for bigger more expensive houses, so looking at these time lapses reminded me of that.

  11. SKOULE

    1. the timelapse is some of the forest, ocean, and city. we haven’t really done much on the ocean and the forest. cause we have been focusing in the city, where most of the life is. I also saw some buildings were either: Destroyed, rebuild and just turn into something new.

  12. sparkle sloth

    1. I think that it is interesting that most of the time the city is growing up mountains and also the Chelaslie Arm wildfires seemed to do a lot of damage and it’s both cool and scary how red everything got.

  13. Sushi Monster

    #1 I noticed that there weren’t a lot of forest areas mixed with city’s it was mostly clumps of city’s and clumps of forests but not a lot together.

  14. PinkPickle

    #1 I noticed in the Coquitlam and Vancouver maps that the city is growing at a very rapid rate! about a blocks worth of buildings every year! and with the glaciers I could see that they would retreat and come back depending on the temperature but because of global warming they were retreating a lot more than they were growing.

  15. purple pom-poms

    #1 I mainly focused in on Vancouver and I was really interested by how much the green year by year disappeared in downtown until it was almost nothing but little patches. I noticed that in 1986, when the Expo was happening, that it was then that most of the plants and greenery turned into buildings and it slowly formed into the city we see today. When the Expo happened I saw many buildings for the event appear, for example, “Science World” “BC Place” “The Plaza Of Nations” “Canada Place” and more. Wants the Expo was over I really noticed that the city grew a lot as if acting like the Expo was just the start, and there was a lot to come. I really enjoyed looking at the maps and I thought it was super cool to see Vancouver grow right before your eyes.


    #1 the main thing I noticed was how most of the landscape went from green to white over time I think this is because a lot of land has gone from green space to buildings.

  17. Arcticfox

    1# The thing that popped out to me most was that the cities green forrest was slowly being turned into houses or buildings. i noticed how the green land was clearly being chipped away. I also noticed the huge change between 2002 and 2004 in Vancouver from just that!

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