Doesn’t it seem like things have grown in your community over the years?
I know that, around here, there are subdivisions where there were once farmers’ fields or forests.
There’s another way to get a real sense of growth and what we’re doing to our communities and indeed, our planet.
It’s called Google Timelapse. The landing page is the earth and it zeroes in to Miami, Florida. Across the bottom, there are a number of interesting places to visit and see the growth over time. In this case, the time goes from 1984 to 2016.
I wanted to test it with a place that I knew had grown so much and so headed to Toronto. You can search for the location or move the map, just like you would with so many of Google’s mapping applications.
A little scrubber bar appears at the bottom and you can move the mapping display according to your wishes. Or, you’ll notice a play button in the bottom left of the display.
Either way, you’ll be wowed with the visual display.
You know that you want to check out your own community. If you’re like me, you may want to fixate on one subdivision at a time. I could see the roads being build, expanded, and then houses appearing.
Applications in the classroom should be immediate.
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