The Google Earth service is receiving one of the biggest updates since 2017. We now have the possibility to see a timelapse or 3D time interval that shows us the evolution and changes in the world since 1984, date that the oldest data go back.

It is a new indiscreet window that allows us to compare the world of yore with the current planet Earth and, perhaps, to ascertain the impact of the human being in our only home. At the same time, it serves as a testament to the dynamic nature of this little blue marble.

3D Time-Lapse now available on Google Earth

To implement this new possibility, the Google team joined forces with academics from CREATE Lab, a member of Carnegie Mellon University in the United States of America. It was thanks to this teamwork that Google Earth received the biggest update, at least the most impactful for the common user, since 2017.

“Like time-lapse Google Earth compiles over 24 million photos captured over the past 37 years. They were brought together to create this interactive experience in 4D “, points out Rebecca Moore, responsible for Google Earth.” Now anyone can see the impact that time has on our planet, observing about four decades of planetary change “.

Four decades of planetary evolution available on Google Earth

Google Earth

For those interested who want to see the incredible results already available, just go to the official page, where we can explore several categories. Alternatively, we can search for the location we want to observe and take advantage of the new option.

To guide the user, the Mountain View technology has compiled a list of the main events observable in the new Google Earth tool, namely:

  • Agricultural expansion
  • Deforestation
  • Glaciers
  • Large infrastructures
  • Metropolises
  • Landscape changes
  • Mining
  • Natural disasters
  • Urban growth
  • Water channels

Finally, Google has announced that it will update this new feature of your Earth with more photos taken and added annually. It is, therefore, an indiscreet window to the past and a good way to see the differences and dynamics of our planet.

“We hope that this perspective of our planet will give rise to new debates, encourage discovery and change perspectives on some of society’s most pressing issues,” added Moore.

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