Travel through time and see how our actions have radically changed the world we live in.

Raise your hand if you’ve also virtually traveled the world via Google Earth! There’s no doubt that Google Earth is one of the coolest programs ever invented. We’ve used it to explore new cities, revisit our old hometown, and transport ourselves to destinations we could only dream of reaching.

Now, with the platform’s newest and biggest update since 2017, users have been given the power not just to travel from one place to another, but also through time. Google Earth has just rolled out the ‘Timelapse‘ feature, which allows users to see the world’s changes across 37 years.

Featuring 24 million satellite photos from 1984 up to the present, ‘Timelapse’ offers users an interactive experience that lets them witness the planetary change that spans almost 4 decades from a wide variety of angles. This new project is a collaborative effort between Google, NASA, the US Geological Survey’s Landsat project, and the EU’s Copernicus project.

With all the environmental issues such as climate change and urbanization that have contributed to the planet’s rapid decline, consider this as Google’s way of raising awareness about the problems and what humans can do to solve them. Landscape changes, cities booming over the years, the melting of ice caps, and the shifting of the earth’s shorelines are just a handful of occurrences you can see here.

“We invite anyone to take Timelapse into their own hands and share it with others — whether you’re marveling at changing coastlines, following the growth of megacities, or tracking deforestation,” the company wrote in a blog post.

To use Timelapse, you can go to g.co/Timelapse or open Google Earth and look for ‘Timelapse’ in Voyager. This new feature is now available worldwide.

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