Top 8 Animated Satellite Images Of The Changing Earth (Gallery)


It is said that, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” . This saying is particularly true for recently launched Google project called  “timelapse”. The time-lapse satellite images of the past 28 years have been used to show how the expansion and development of the human race is impacting the Earth. The rapid urbanization, shrinking of glaciers and lakes due to global warming, exploitation of natural resources, all is very well evident  from these animated photographs.

1. The drying up of Lake Urmia (Iran)

Lake Urmia In Iran Drying Up

2. Deforestation in the Amazon (Brazil)

Deforestation in the Amazon (Brazil)

3. Decline in Columbia Glacier (Alaska, USA)

Decline in Columbia Glacier (Alaska, USA)

4. Urban Expansion of Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Urban Expansion of Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

5. The development of irrigation (Saudi Arabia)

The development of irrigation (Saudi Arabia)

6. The operation of a Coal Mine (Wyoming, USA)

The operation of a Coal Mine (Wyoming, USA)

7. Urban Expansion in Las Vegas … and the drying up of Lake Mead (Nevada, USA)

Urban Expansion in Las Vegas and the drying up of Lake Mead (Nevada, USA)

8. The drying of the Aral Sea (Kazakhstan)

(Source: Google Earth Engine)



  1. Jimmy

    The “urban expansion of Las Vegas and drying up of Lake Mead” bit is bogus!!! Where do you get your “facts?”

    Yes, Las Vegas has expanded but this is not the cause of Lake Mead’s current level. Las Vegas has the smallest share of Colorado River water (less than 2%), does not even use it’s full allotment, and has actually used less water the last 15 years while continuing to grow.

    80% of Colorado River water goes to agriculture with the other 18% (not going to LV) goes to other Southwest cities from Denver, LA, San Diego, to Phoenix.

    The Colorado River has been over allocated since 1922 when the current breakdown of how much each of seven states was decided. This was added to include Mexico as well. Lake Mead has typically lost water in “regular” years due to this over allocation, depending on a few really good flood years to carry the region. Lake Mead/Colorado River’s main problem is the over allotment. The current drought is not the cause, it is only helping to speed up what would already take place due to the bad math: too much going out, not enough coming in. This has been happening for over 50 year!!!

    Please get your facts straight.

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