Sundar Pichai Speaks About New Google Earth Feature Of 24 Million Photos, 37 Years

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The tech world around us is constantly changing in a blink of an eye. New updates, new versions, and many more things are being added to the ever-evolving technologies surrounding us. The biggest and the latest update to Google Earth in the past four years is the new ‘Timelapse feature’.

The new addition is a compilation of 24 million satellite images from the last 37 years. It is moulded into an interactive 4D experience to show the rapid environmental change the planet has gone through in the past three decades or more.

Sudar Pichai, the CEO of Google announced the same via a tweet on Thursday. The new feature to the Google Earth enables users to watch the past forty years unfold on their screen. The CEO of Google uploaded a 37-second video that shows the changes that occurred at the Columbia Glacier in US State of Alaska ever since 1984.

The tweet by Mr. Pichai reads, “Our planet has seen a rapid environmental change in the past half-century, more than any other point in human history. The new Timelapse feature in Google Earth compiles 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years into an interactive 4D experience (sic).”

Rebecca Moore, the director of Google Earth, Earth Engine, and Outreach further added, “With the new feature, we have a better and clearer picture of our changing planet.”

The reports also mention, “As we looked at what was happening, five themes emerged: forest change, urban growth, warming temperatures, sources of energy, and our world’s fragile beauty.”

If one wants to use the Timelapse feature, then one has to visit Use the search bar to choose any place on earth one wants to see time in motion.

Apart from this, one can also open Google Earth and click the ship’s wheel to find the newly introduced Timelapse feature. It will be in a storytelling platform, Voyager to see interactive guided tours.

Google has also uploaded over 800 Timelapse videos in both 2D and 3D for public use at In fact, a netizen can choose any clip in a ready-to-use MP4 format or sit back watch the videos on YouTube.

Published by siddhi ajgoankar on 17 Apr 2021

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