Piecing together images from 1984 through until today, they give a unique birds-eye view glimpse at how the world has changed in the past 32 years.
You could summarise the videos in a few words – we’re out of control – but let’s hear from Gizmodo:
Google originally launched the time lapse tool in 2013, but back then, it was populated with low-grade images that could give you a general sense of how places looked but wouldn’t show intimate details like roads and buildings. Now you can practically see every little detail of any location…
The new time lapse feature lets you track cool things like the development of major cities, but it also lets you track the destruction that humans have left behind in all the places they’ve inhabited. Watch glaciers melt, land erode, and cities turn into one giant parking lot.
I’ve picked a few videos to ogle – and yes, Cape Town makes an appearance.
This is a goodie – Las Vegas:
Gotta throw Dubai into the mix:
Say hello to Hoopstad, South Africa – somewhere between the Free State and the North West:
One more – here’s Mahikeng- capital of the North West:
There wasn’t a handy YouTube clip available for Cape Town, but technology for the win:
You can head over HERE and type in any location you want – Google will do the rest.