Lake of the Ozarks LMCAP land cover

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This animation shows change in the Osage Beach, MO area using the USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative’s Primary Land Cover Product. Each pixel in this animation represents a 30-meter square, about the size of a baseball infield. Pixels in red represent developed areas, dark blue pixels are water, gray is barren land, and green colors correspond with tree cover (deciduous forest in Missouri). A small patch of cropland appears in brown the upper right, east of the Bagnell Dam, where the Osage River meets the lake. The red areas expand through all three decades, with four noteworthy spikes. The first comes in 1989, when the Ridge Golf Course appears near the top of the frame. The second major expansion of development also takes the form of a golf course, when the Club at Porto Cima appears in the center of the frame a decade later. Its completion is preceded by the emergence of State Highway MM. The third change starts in 2008, when land is cleared south of the Osage River for a retail hub with big box stores, restaurants and shopping centers. Watch as the gray pixels from 2008-09 are peppered with red as 2017 nears. The final major expansion comes shortly after the retail work begins. Between 2010 and 2011, the U.S. 54 Expressway is built near the bottom of the frame, its interchange filling in with red in the second year.


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Length: 00:00:51

Location Taken: Osage Beach, MO, US