Today, Google rolled out a comprehensive update to its Google Earth Timelapse feature. Compiling sattelite data from the past 32 years, the timelapse GIFs they released offer decades of geological and anthropological history in seconds.
According to Google, the team “sifted through about three quadrillion pixels—that’s 3 followed by 15 zeroes—from more than 5,000,000 satellite images.” Using this mountain of data they were able to develop 33 crisp images for the below locations, layered on top of each other for the GIF result. Color correction and elimination of clutter allow you to see how San Francisco’ Bay Bridge was partially replaced, how glaciers move in Antarctica and more. Check below, get your mind blown and find more at the Earth Engine website.