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Google Earth improves Timelapse with newer images
Google Earth just made some changes to Timelapse. This impressive function, which makes it possible to observe the evolution over the years of our planet, is now equipped with more recent images.
After a major update in 2017, Google Earth received a big new feature in 2021: time lapse. As its name suggests, this impressive tool shows the evolution of our planet over the years.
Timelapse relies on more than 24 million satellite photos taken over the past 37 yearsi.e. between 1984 and 2021. The opportunity for users to observe, for example, deforestation in the Amazon, the urbanization of Dubai or Las Vegas, or even the melting of the ice in the poles.
Google improves Timelapse with recent photos
However, Google has just updated this functionality in adding images captured in 2021 and 2022. Users can therefore see recent changes caused by human activity or global warming in the area of their choice.
To travel like Superman above the chosen city or region, just open Google Earth and access the Timelapse mode. Several options are available to you. As an appetizer, you can consult the themes proposed by Googleto know :
- Metamorphosis of forests
- fragile beauty
- Sources of energy
- Global warming
- Urban expansion
Timelapse, the perfect tool to see the evolution of our planet
These few examples are perfect technical demos of the capabilities of the Timelapse function. These regions have seen significant changes over the past 38 years, for better and for worse.
From tab Places to discoveryou can also observe impressive metamorphoses in different themes such as Agriculture, Deforestation, Glaciers, Infrastructure, Mining, Natural Disasters or Urban Growth.
And by going to the Google Earth Engine site, you can download more than 800 Timelapse videos from around the world. Some clips are impressive, like the construction of this huge solar panel park in Granada, Spain, or the one illustrating the incredible urban expansion of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Of course, you are free to use these videos, especially for educational purposes.
Remember that Google Earth is not the only service updated in recent times. Indeed, the Mountain View firm recently launched Immersive View on Google Maps. This new AI-powered 3D navigation technology makes it possible, among other things, to virtually visit museums or monuments.