Google Suggests You to Watch a Gallery of the Earth’s Surface Videos
Google has came together with the USGS and Carnegie Mellon University and now anyone, who feels like it, can see timelapse video frames of the Earth’s surface from the Landsat satellite program.
There was a message in the Google Lat Long blog about the cooperation of the search giant with USGS and Carnegie Mellon University in honor of the Landsat satellite program's 40th anniversary:
'We’re working with the USGS and Carnegie Mellon University, to make parts of this enormous collection of timelapse videos of the Earth's surface available for everyone. With them you can travel through time, from 1999-2011, to see the transformation of our planet.
Over the years, Landsat has collected petabites of images offering an historic perspective on planetary change that can help scientists, independent researchers, and nations make informed economic and environmental policy decisions.'
The both sides strongly believe these frames are the largest ever created. A single frame from the entire video at high resolution would borrow 1.78 terapixels! If put it into perspective, it is approximately 18 football fields' worth of computer screens that are laid side-by-side.
Below you can see video frames. The first one is the Amazon rainforest in 1999 (at the left) and the results of deforestation in 2011 (on the right). On the second frame it is possible to retrace the rapid growth of Las Vegas, Nevada during the last 12 years (on your left 1999, on the right - 2011).
The Google Earth Engine site is open for everyone who wants to have the fully interactive tours of these timelapse videos.