Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. 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.

Interactive timelapse version: http://earthengine.google.org

12:50 pm