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Time Travelling for 32 Years Possible with Google Earth Now

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Leyla Güvenç
Leyla Güvenç
01/12/2016
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Google Earth’s Timelapse allows its users to travel through the satellite images for 32 years back and forth worldwide.

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Exactly just as we were getting used to go anywhere without leaving our desk thanks to Google Earth, the software engineers added a new update and surprised its users again. This time, the team takes everyone to the travel through time.

Assume that one would like to see USA New York City, but not when it has two big holes in the World Trade Center. Everyone knows that it is impossible to fill the holes in the hearts of humans for the tragic loss but Google Earth enables users to go back in time and see the exact spot when the twin towers were still standing there.

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Please check for yourself:

https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/#

Starting from the year 1984 until today, more than 5 million images were brought together in cooperation with NASA and one single image for each year combines the timelapse videos.

Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab’s were the successful ones studying the images.

The satellite Landsat was the one from which images were gathered the most. The Landsat began to observe our earth in 1970 as a program from USGS / NASA.

If you wish, you can also create your own tour starting from different years and different locations, ending anywhere else. For this, you should check the Timelapse Tour Editor.

Unfortunately, the physical changes also show how global warming has effected the icebergs.

 

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