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How has planet Earth changed over the past 37 years? See for yourself, right now

Back in 2001 on the Google Earth service there wereposted satellite images of the entire earth's surface. Perhaps, since then, it has been the most convenient site with which you can view our planet from all sides. From time to time, developers add new functions to the service - for example, in 2017, high-quality 3D maps and virtual tours of the most interesting places in the world appeared in it. The company recently announced a major new update that clearly shows how much humans are changing the face of the Earth. By enabling Timelapse, anyone can see the impact of deforestation and climate change over the past 37 years. I have selected all the most interesting about updating Google Earth and now I will tell you everything in detail. At the same time, let's talk about other interesting functions of the service that few people know about.

Google Earth now shows how our planet has changed over 37 years

How is planet Earth changing?

Timelapse feature in Google Earth allowssee how our planet changes over time. This feature first appeared in 2014, but then we could only observe the changes in two-dimensional mode. The site showed the melting of glaciers only as the disappearance of white marks on the map - no entertainment. But now everything looks very cool because the image has become three-dimensional.

In 2014, Google Earth time lapses looked pretty boring.

To create a video of the changes in our planetthe developers used over 24 million satellite images captured from 1984 to 2020. All this information weighs 20 thousand terabytes - in order to store such a volume of data, you need to unite all the computers of a fairly large city. This major update required help from NASA, the US Geological Survey, the European Space Agency and the European Commission.

Section "Explorer" in Google Earth

For example, using Google Earth, you can visitGombe Stream, Tanzania National Park. The tour was developed in collaboration with primate expert Jane Goodall. Also, users have access to several virtual adventures in the BBC Earth video format. Also on the site you can find a tour of the Mayan ruins, led by one of the characters in the educational program "Sesame Street".

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And finally, through the Google Earth service you canlook at high-quality 3D models of various attractions and nearby objects. To do this, you need to click on the 3D button in the lower right corner of the screen.

You can use the Google Earth service from differentdevices. If you are reading the article from a computer or laptop, follow this link. There are also apps for Android and iOS. It should be noted that the apps are not available in Russian app stores, so you'll have to use the web version.