• October 23, 2021

The new Google Earth Timelapse feature allows you to travel back up to four decades in time

Google is collaborating with NASA, the US Geological Survey’s Landsat program, and the European Union’s Copernicus program to launch a new Google Earth feature called TimeLapse, which will allow you to view climate change over four decades.  Google intends to launch this update on Thursday 22nd April 2021.




To create this amazing Time-lapse experience, Google claims to have compiled 24 million satellite photos from the previous 37 years.

“With Time-lapse in Google Earth, we have a clearer picture of our changing planet at our fingertips – one that shows not just problems but also solutions, as well as mesmerizingly beautiful natural phenomena that unfold over decades,” Rebecca More, director of Google Earth, Earth Engine, and Outreach, said.

The now dried up Aral Sea in Kazakhstan view in 1998 || Photo credit:Google earth engine

Google Time-lapse will be available to everybody. You just have to type in any location and experiment with the satellite images available. You can be in Ghana, and watch how devastating deforestation has affected the Amazon Rain-forest in the previous years. You’re not limited to only environmental and climate changes, but you can also see how cities have transformed across the years. An example is the building of artificial islands in Dubai.

According to Google, the 24 million satellite images compiled range from 1984 to 2020 and require up to 20 petabytes of storage space, which is equivalent to 20 million gigabytes of storage space, with “quadrillions of pixels.” Which is equivalent to 1 mllion pixels.

“As far as we know, time-lapse in Google earth is the largest video on the planet, of our planet, Google said.

“We hope that this perspective of the planet will ground debates, encourage discovery, and shift perspectives about some of our most pressing global issues,” More further stated.

Watch the video below.

Video by Google




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