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Some Mind-Bending Earth GIFs (Google Earth Engine)

Thanks to NASA’s Landsat satellites and Google’s new Earth Engine we are now able to view the long term impact humans are having on our planet. Whether it is the expansion and development of current cities, deforestation in the Amazon, or other human activities, you may be surprised or downright shocked at the difference 25+ years has made.

Some Mind-Bending Earth GIFs [YouTube]


You can visit the Google Earth Engine website and view Landsat Annual Timelapse image sets (1984-2012) for a variety of locations at the link below.

Earth Engine Homepage

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/13/13

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