With Google Earth Timelapse you can now view 32 years of Landsat satellite images

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Google Earth allows you to travel around the globe in a matter of a few clicks. Since 2013, when the new Timelapse feature has been introduced, it also lets you travel in time. The Timelapse allows you to preview not only the latest but also historical satellite imagery.

This week Google made the Timelapse even better. The company updated Google Earth with petabytes of historical data dating back to 1984. Although it’s not a significant update as it only adds images dating 4 years earlier than before, there are a lot of cool materials released together with the update. 

Google created a lot of cool timelapses that illustrate in an amazing way various processes that change the shape of our planet. You can see how cities grow, how forests disappear, glaciers move… Take a look at the visualizations below:

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Amazing. In addition to Google Earth you can also view the images via the Google Earth Engine. Take a look at these examples: Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco or the movement of the Hourihan Glacier in Antarctica.

If this is not enough you can spend a mesmerizing 40 minutes watching this YouTube playlist.

Happy exploring!

Aleks Buczkowski

I’m a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.