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How the Earth has changed over three decades

Как изменилась Земля за три десятилетияGoogle has updated the service Timelapse.

Google has described the update of the Timelapse mode in Google Earth that allows you to see the changes of the Earth.

The change involves adding to the database a new high-quality images of our planet’s surface over a four-year period, resulting from two new satellites – Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2.

Now there are detailed images for the period from 1984 to 2016, it is possible to see how varied our planet for the past 32 years. Moreover, it is possible to evaluate not only the frantic pace of urbanization and expansion of cities and global climate change.

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An interactive map can be scaled, by studying the most obvious change. On the website separately identified 8 regions of the concern of environmentalists: the desiccation of the Aral sea, glaciers of Alaska, the gradual disappearance of the Amazonian forest and others.

The service was launched in 2013. For the implementation of the project satellite images of the planet have provided the Landsat project, which oversees the USGS and NASA. From the end 1970-x of years, their satellites photographed the planet, and the images were transferred to the archives. Google began work on the project in 2009, focusing only on the moment more than 5 million photos.

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