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Viewers are taken on a thrilling journey through time in a modern immersive environment.

We've all logged into Google Earth to see how our house appears from various perspectives. The service, on the other hand, is useful for more than just peeking into our personal lives. Users will now see our world "in an entirely new dimension—time," according to Rebecca Moore, director of Earth Engine & Outreach, in the most significant upgrade to Google Earth since 2017.

Timelapse in Google Earth is an immersive journey that takes audiences on a crazy trip through time by stitching together 24 million satellite photographs from the past 37 years. Watch almost four decades of geological transformation unfold before your eyes.

"In the last half-century, our world has seen more dramatic environmental change than at any other time in human history. Many of us have seen these shifts in our own neighborhoods "According to Moore, who was one of the thousands of Californians forced to flee their homes due to wildfires last year.

"For some, the consequences of climate change, such as melting ice caps and receding glaciers, sound distant and far away," she said. "With Google Earth's Timelapse, we have a better view of our transforming world right at our fingertips—one that reveals not only challenges but also remedies, as well as mesmerizingly stunning natural events that occur over decades."

To witness an accelerated geographic history through Google's storytelling platform Voyager, go to g.co/Timelapse or open Google Earth and press the ship's wheel icon on the left side. "As far as we know, the biggest video on the globe, of our world, is Timelapse in Google Earth," Moore said.

The machine isn't perfect: the timelapse starts until the map has completely calibrated, and some of the scenery is pixelated, staticky, or even fuzzy. Now, it's fascinating to learn about the birth of megacities and how natural phenomena have altered global ecosystems. Watch glaciers melting, infrastructure emerge, agriculture flourish and forests disappear using the "featured locations" option.

YouTube embed codes and updates are now accessible for more than 800 locations—from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Zwenkau, Germany—whether you're seeking to persuade somebody about climate change or want to highlight the transformation of your hometown after 1984.

"We're excited to see if people can use Timelapse in Google Earth to shed a light on our world, from policymakers and scholars to authors, students, and activists," the blog said, hinting at annual releases of fresh imagery. "We hope that this global outlook will help to ground conversations, promote discovery, and change viewpoints on some of the world's most pressing issues."

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