Stunning Pictures of Earth Through Time

Google is publishing stunning pictures of Earth which offer you the opportunity to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Google is making it possible in collaboration with USGS, NASA and TIME. The result is an interactive time-lapse map through which you can explore stunning historical perspective for more than a quarter century from 1984 to 2012.

This zoomable time-lapse map is built from millions of satellite images of earth taken from space which have been collected as part of the ongoing mission – Landsat. Google created a historical archive taking the best images from these millions of images and compiled them for every spot on earth. Finally Google converted this archive into a seamless, browsable animation called Google Timelapse.

Look at the GIFs of some important spots on earth below and you will understand how stunning this time-lapse map is going to be. It will give you the chance to explore different spots on earth with a historical perspective from 1984 to 2012.


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