Earth’s topography has witnessed a complete change in the past three decades – the rapid urbanization, age of artificial intelligence, melting polar ice, natural disasters, climate change, increasing shift towards renewables to name a few.
Over the years, these remarkable transformations have been traced through satellite imagery systems, and now Google has updated its Earth Engine Timelapse feature with additional data and high-resolution images that show clearly how landscapes have changed from 1984 to today.
Timelapse feature enables you to zoom in to the 5 million satellite images from 1984 to 2016, on any corner of the world and see what has happened to that area over the period. You can view an amazing array of satellite images, be it the explosive growth of Dubai, or the melting polar ice, or the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
Here are 10 of the most striking examples from Timelapse:
1. Development of on- and off-shore Dubai. on- and off-shore. Watch the construction of the city’s famous Palm Islands.
2. Rapid development in Las Vegas thanks to tourism.
5. This time-lapse video shows how the Columbia Glacier in Alaska has shrunk.
6. Destruction wreaked upon the Amazon rainforest in Brazil due to urbanization.
7. Toshka Lakes in Egypt formed by the overspill from the nearby Sadat Canal in the late 1990s, now disappeared due to drought and ever-increasing demand for water.
9. Volcanic activity has stripped northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park of vegetation.
10. Fragmentation of polar ice caps over time due to rising global temperatures.