Thanks to satellite imagery and Google Earth, internet users can now see just how much our world has changed in just 28-years, starting with Dubai (above). That’s right, Google has released these incredible images made from data collected by the Landsat satellite from 1982 until 2012. Continue reading to see six more.

Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution. The Landsat program, managed by the USGS, has been acquiring images of the Earth’s surface since 1972. Landsat provides critical scientific information about our changing planet.


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