Newcastle satellite comparison (1988 and 2011)for urban sprawl - note the coal export port tripling in size on Kooragang Island.

In this false colour swipe comparison, urban areas appear as shades of cyan and purple, dry vegetation and soil as magenta to red, and forest or irrigated vegetation as shades of green. Parklands and ovals appear as bright green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black. Newcastle has seen heavy suburban growth in the outer suburbs, particular in Maryland, Glendale and Edgeworth. All suburbs around Lake Macquarie have experienced some expansion, more notable in Lakelands and Woodrising. Industry and Commercial development has occurred in Cardiff and on the outskirts of Beresfield. Kooragang Island has continued to see progress as a large coal export port.