How to watch a 37-year timelapse of any city on Google Earth
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(Pocket-lint) – Google Earth lets you view a 3D representation of the Earth, mostly from satellite images. Now it will let you see how the planet has changed over the past 37 years with just a few clicks.
Google announced on April 15, 2021 that Google Earth will allow users to explore the evolution of a place through a time-lapse experience. It has compiled 24 million satellite photos from the past four decades, with the aim of providing a clearer picture of how the planet is changing. “An image that shows not only the problems but also the solutions, as well as mesmerizingly beautiful natural phenomena unfolding over decades,” said Rebecca Moore, director of Google Earth, in a blog post.
Google plans to continue adding new images to this project every year for the next decade. The company collaborates with NASA, the Landsat program of the US Geological Survey and the Copernicus program of the European Union. He has also worked with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab to power timelapses.
How to view a timelapse of your hometown?
To explore a timelapse in Google Earth, follow these steps:
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- From your browser, go to g.co/Timelapse.
- You can use the “Search on Planet” search bar to choose any location on the planet.
- Once you have selected a place, Google Earth brings it up and starts the timelapse.
- The timelapse will be on the left, while the search box will be on the right.
- You can play or pause the timelapse or jump to a specific year above the search box.
- Once you are done, you will notice that Google Earth also suggests characteristic places in the search area.
- Google offers categories for certain places, such as glaciers and deforestation.
Want to see more Google Earth timelapses?
Google said it has posted more than 800 2D and 3D videos for the public at g.co/TimelapseVideos. You can watch them in MP4 format or on YouTube.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Adrian Willings.