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Google Earth's New Timelapse Feature Shows How Much the Earth Has Changed

...for the worst.
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Years ago, when YouTube wasn't a giant as it is now, a filmmaker from the Netherlands posted a timelapse video of his daughter growing from a newborn to a teenager on the platform. The video became viral and the rest, as they say, is (internet) history. It was brilliant. Charming, too.

If you like things like that, well Google has something for you that's as captivating—only a lot sadder: the Google Earth Timelapse. The tech company describes Earth Timelapse as a "global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 37 years." Let that sink in: the timelapse shows just the past 37 years. And, a lot has changed.

What you'll see when you visit Google Earth Timelapse is an interactive 4D experience from the over 24 million satellite photos that Google had accumulated over the years. Google Earth director Rebecca Moore says the planet has had a rapid change in the past half-century when it comes to the environment. The timelapse's goal is to create positive change.

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You can check out different locations around the world including the Columbia Glacier Retreat in the U.S.'s Alaska, mining in Canada's Alberta, and the urban growth in China's Dalian, to name a few. It's pretty surreal to see the impact humankind has had on the planet in such a short time.

Watch the video below.

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