By 30 November 2016 | Categories: news


If you haven't checked out Google Earth in some time, now might be a great chance to do so. The company's Timelapse tool, which debuted in 2013 has received a significant update, adding several petabytes of data that allows users to view the changes for any location across the globe over the past 32 years.

As such, it's a great way to view the effect of urban development, climate change and how different public infrastructure projects have taken shape. It proved particularly interesting when we viewed both Sandton and Soweto in Gauteng, with not much change during the 80s and 90s, but after 2000 numerous houses and developments cropped up.

Google Earth has also teamed up with TIME magazine to highlight specific locations across the globe, including the Meandering river in Nyingchi, Tibet and the Oakland Bay Bridge reconstruction in San Francisco, California.

Visit the Timelapse tool for yourself and let us know what locations you've checked out. 


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