Thursday, May 09, 2013

The Changing Picture of the Earth

Google Maps, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA and TIME have come together to release an awesome new interactive timelapse application for viewing satellite images of the Earth.

Timelapse allows you to create a timelapse sequence from satellite images (from 1984 to 2012) for anywhere on Earth.The application comes with a number of default views that allow you to view timelapse animations of satellite images showing the sprawling growth of Las Vegas, the building of Dubai, the shrinking of the Mendenhall Glacier and the drying-up of Lake Urmia.

The first thing you will probably want to do (after watching some of the default animations) is to view a timelapse from satellite images of your own town. When you've done that you might want to use the Google Map to centre on and view timelapse animations of Puning, China the World's fastest growing town) and Hong Kong (to view the reclamation of land from the sea).

A little user tip  The timelapse animations look much better when played back at a slower speed. So mouse-over the date (bottom-left of the app) and change the playback speed from 'fast' to 'slow'. 

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