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Google Earth’s stunning new feature is a timelapse of the entire friggin’ planet

Google has worked to refine the accuracy, visuals, and functionality of Google Earth over the years, making it the closest many of us will ever get to travel the world. But today Google Earth is getting its biggest update in years with the addition of one new layer: time. The app is launching a feature called Timeline that lets you see how the planet is changing over the years, gathering millions of satellite images from 1984 to 2020. Some of these visuals are stunning — and terrifying, in the cases where they show our planet’s waning forests and global warming. As…

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