Google Earth now allows users to “time travel”

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Google has recently updated its satellite imagery tool, Google Earth, and its users are now able to see many places the way they were before, back in 1984, and in periods between that year and contemporaneity.

The feature shows how environments have changed and cities have grown, with the visible and gradual destruction of the Amazon rainforest, Las Vegas’s rapid widening, and the melting of ice glaciers.

Google Earth’s update also has a purpose, which is closely related to the environmental cause. The new timelapse addition should increase awareness about the changes in Earth’s environment, be they in the form of a sprawling metropolis, or a drying water reservoir.

It is made clear that, in just roughly four decades, mankind has made substantial alterations to its home planet’s biomes.

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