A new study by Swiss researchers at ETH Zurich finds explosive development in many parts of the world — and lots of other twinkly signs that the earth’s economic center has, according to the study, moved east.
The study, published earlier this week, looked at satellite images of nighttime lights since such records were first digitized in 1992. They posit that electricity correlates with wealth, which suggests some dramatic changes in the developing world from then until 2009.
The study also found huge growth in Egypt (especially around the Nile River, pictured above)(...) Some of the lighter and dimmer areas have grown both in size, and have grown brighter and dimmer, respectively. This is perhaps a sign of urbanization, as people in less-lit rural areas continue to move into bright urban areas.(...)