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Timelapse – watch 30 years of Earth changing in less than 30 seconds


The world has changed drastically in the last 30 years but these subtle changes aren’t very noticeable when you live with them every single day. With Timelapse, part of Google’s Earth Engine, you can see how the world has changed from the 80s till today.

The images are compiled from satellite images (over 5 million of them!) and pieced together to give a full, scalable view of the Earth and its changes. There are some suggested places where you can see really drastic changes or you can just plug in your own locations and check things out.

The lapse auto plays once loaded and even the more mundane places show changes throughout the years. Buildings disappear, new construction, and in my city what appears to be a lake forming. Although not as exciting as some of the flashier places Google handpicked, there’s a lot to be learned about human expansion and conservation by viewing any of these places. You can check it out on the website. Or you can follow this link to watch some handpicked videos of the most drastic.

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