May 17, 2022

Interactive Tools: Largest Update Ever to Google Earth Timelapse (New Imagery, Data Available)

From the Google LatLong Blog:

In 2013, we released Google Earth Timelapse, our most comprehensive picture of the Earth’s changing surface. This interactive experience enabled people to explore these changes like never before—to watch the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, and the impressive urban expansion of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Today, we’re making our largest update to Timelapse yet, with four additional years of imagery, petabytes of new data, and a sharper view of the Earth from 1984 to 2016.

We’ve even teamed up again with our friends at TIME to give you an updated take on compelling locations.


Google Timelapse (SF Bay Area, 2012)


To view the new Timelapse, head over to the Earth Engine website.

You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth‘s historical imagery feature on desktop, or spend a mesmerizing 40 minutes watching thisYouTube playlist.

Read the Complete Blog Post, View Highlights

Direct to Google Earth Timelapse

Direct to Specific Datasets Available via Timelapse

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.