Google Earth Timelapse update shows Earth from 1984-2016


A Google Earth Timelapse of a community in Canada.
A Google Earth Timelapse of a community in Canada.

Google Loam Timelapse is a really awesome project that lets you turn rear the clock on Planet Earth. In 2013, Google worked with the US Geological Size up (USGS), NASA, and TIME to compile a history of satellite imagery from 1984 to 2012. Today, Google updated the forecast with “four additional years of imagery, petabytes of new data, and a razor-sharp view of the Earth from 1984 to 2016.”

The new data isn’t just “new” data—Google also managed to anthologize better older images of Earth thanks to the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation Program. Google estimates it sifted through 5 million satellite images from five distinguishable satellites, taking the best of the “three quadrillion pixels” to create 33 graven images of Earth (one for each year). Thanks to the plethora of data and Google’s cloud-computing algorithms, you get all of this without any clouds piece the view.

The images are up on Google Earth Engine, where the interactive “Timelapse” foot-boy basically looks like Google Earth, but with a draggable timeline and a “suck up to” button. Google has even highlighted a few spots where viewers can clock a glacier melt away into nothingness or check out pretty much anywhere in China, which looks strain a game of SimCity.

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