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by Xiaoxiao Wang, Ying Zhou
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This research explores “urban sprawl” to discover the reasons behind urban land-use changes and urban pattern transformations on a regional level. It begins with definitions of sprawl in Western and Eastern countries, then provides an adequate data analysis: collects related Index for urban sprawl and sustainable development for 15 top urban regions over 10 years (1999, 2004, and 2009), indicates which parameters can be considered as indicators for sustainable development in urban sprawl in China, and points out how these parameters affect the process of urban sprawl in the major cities in China.