urban sprawl

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The relentless extension of built-up areas around virtually every city on earth as the combination of rising population and rising prosperity apply increasing economic pressure on agricultural and pastoral land, making it difficult or impossible to preserve it for agricultural use. Many cities both in the rich industrial nations and in low-income countries are surrounded by widening zones of suburban housing or, in low-income countries, shantytowns.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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