Time marches on

Who hasn’t used Google Earth and been amazed with what is captured on our surface from satellites in space? It’s a really interesting process and guaranteed to be a time suck, to be sure.

Timelapse is based on the Google Earth engine and shows interesting animations over a period of time.

Some notable ones appear in the sidebar.

And, at a first look, it might appear that this all there is to it.

But, once you realize that all of the imagery covering the globe is available, it gets really interesting. The images were made at varying times over the years so you can look at a farm, for example, and watch the different crops pop in and out.

I was watching Niagara Falls, which is always a highlight of a world imagery application for me when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. I should have thought of this immediately. I could witness the Scotiabank Convention Centre where the Bring IT, Together Conference was held being built from an open field to what it is today.

Closer to home, I saw an older commercial building being torn down!

In Hamilton, I could see the construction of the Red Hill Valley Parkway snake its way down the hill to completion.

Above that, if you know where to look, you can see farmer fields turn into subdivisions.

There’s just a wealth of uses and applications here. You’ve got to give it a try. Deforestration appears a few times from places around the world.

Obviously, the quality of the results depends on the quality of the images that are fed into Google Earth. Certainly, there are some areas that are captured in a higher degree of resolution and make for an even more spectacular video.

Go ahead and give it a shot. If you put an addition on to your house, Timelapse has a documentary of it happening for you.

Published by dougpete

The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

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