The population of Quito has exploded in size •

Last update: May 25th, 2020 at 6:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which is located in the foothills of the active volcano Pichincha.

Quito is a modern city that was once a crossroads for trade routes through the Andes, the capital of the Incan empire, and a 16th century Spanish colony.

The city now has about two million residents, and exploded in size annually by 3.8 percent from 2000 to 2013.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 


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