Google Visualizes Massive Changes To The Face Of The Earth With New Timelapse Project

Posted: May 9, 2013 in Google, Technology

A lot can change in 28 years, and Google has put
together a very graphic demonstration of just how
much can happen geographically with a new effort
that combines global, annual Landsat satellite image
composites with its Google Earth Engine software. The result is a series of interactive time lapse images
that progress year-by-year, showing exactly how
things have changed in key areas like the Brazilian
Amazon Rain Forest, booming metropolitan areas like
Las Vegas and Dubai, and the progress of large
bodies of water like the Aral Sea. It’s stunning to watch the Amazon rainforest virtually
disappear, or see the building creep across the desert
in Vegas, or watch the Columbia Glacier vanish
entirely. Google worked with the U.S. Geological
Survey, NASA and TIME magazine to build the
Timelapse project, and went to Carnegie Mello University’s CREATE Lab to build the final HTML5
site that makes the animations interactive and
browsable. Google has also rendered the transformations as
animated GIF files, which I feel might inspire a
Tumblr somewhere. “This dramatic geographical
change is similar to how I feel when my boss yells at
me,” etc. For example, my blogger brain before and
after massive amounts of caffeine:


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