Google is no stranger to projects that you might otherwise think or feel have little to do with what Google is about, such as Timelapse, but then you take a step back and remember that Google is in the business of cataloging the world's data and information, and making it available for people to use, explore, learn from, and interact with. Google does this in a number of different ways, and Timelapse is just one of those ways. This tool for seeing how landscapes around earth shift over a period of time, hence the name, has just received an update in which Google has added four additional years to the timelapse imagery that you can see of virtually anywhere on earth, which Google says amounts to petabytes of additional data that are now included.
Now spanning from 1984 to 2016, Timelapse is Google's "most detailed view" of the planet that we call home, and although you can use Timelapse to see an aerial view of anywhere your heart desires and how things have changed in the 32-year period, Google has also provided a handful of locations to check out just to get a grasp of how things look. Below you'll find a series of images that show off how Timelapse works, and they'll give you some perspective on how it looks when landscapes change in general in addition to how these particular landscapes have shifted.
Timelapse uses the Google Earth Engine and it's entirely zoomable meaning that you can zoom in or out to a certain degree and check things out from closer up or further away, and you really can view virtually anywhere on earth, all you have to do is zoom out and pick a spot. Google notes that with this update they have teamed up with TIME to show off the new changes, and Google also points out that the imagery used in Timelapse is now sharper than before to give you a better view of the various locations around the globe. All told, Google went through a collective of 5 million satellite images to pick out and add the new imagery to Timelapse for everyone's viewing pleasure, and in addition to checking out the GIF images below as well as exploring the Timelapse tool, Google has also put together a fairly hefty YouTube playlist showing the new Timelapse in action.