The Google Earth service is nothing new – the US giant has been publishing since 2004. It allows you to visualize the Earth's three-dimensional view and, after approaching, shows the excellent quality of satellite imagery.
Google did not stop there, because the service offers not only current but also archived photos of our planet. Thanks to the images collected over the years, Google Earth Timelapse can be followed in a few seconds as the Earth's appearance changed.
Google Updates Earth's Timelapse
This week the service was updated with photos of two years. Google has also somewhat improved the images available in the service. Timelapse now includes the period from 1984 to 2018.
To create this impressive program, online giant Google has combined 15 million high-resolution satellite images of the US Geological Survey, NASA Landsat and the European Sentinel program. In this way, he has obtained 35 extremely detailed images of the Blue Planet, consisting of about a billionth of pixels and covering the last 35 years.
Using the program, you can see how specific cities have changed since 1984. One of the most interesting examples is Dubai, which has grown rapidly in the last twelve years. The situation is similar in cities like Las Vegas or Doha. Nothing, however, gets in the way, but I also suspect places located in Poland. Below you can see the commune of Wronki in the Greater Poland Voivodeship.
The last update brought more important news. Taking advantage of the opportunity for Chrome and Firefox to enable automatic video playback, Google has released the Earth Timelapse version for mobile devices. Thanks to this, Earth's change can be seen in the browser on smartphones and tablets. It is not yet known if Timelapse will also appear in the Android and iOS app.
Google Earth Timelapse is not just for fun
Google stands out: the service is so advanced that it can even be used in professional applications. In this way, the territory flooded with water during the great flood in Houston in 2017 was portrayed.
More recently, researchers at the University of Ottawa, thanks to Google Earth Timelapse, have discovered a huge increase in landslides on one of the Canadian islands in the Arctic, caused by the melting of ice in permafrost.
With Google Earth Timelapse, you can use the program's website [LINK] both on computers and on mobile devices.
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