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Roll back the years with Google Earth

I can’t say this is a bit of news that will affect our professional lives hugely, but I enjoyed looking at it, and you may well do too. In what’s said to be the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017, you can now see everywhere in a new dimension — time. With Timelapse in Google Earth, 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled so that you can watch places evolve over time.

In most places, it works best at a distance – I assume this is because some of the older images aren’t that high resolution – so don’t expect to see your house being built. However, it’s an amazing achievement, which apparently will be updated annually from now on.

If you haven’t used Google Earth for a while, it’s worth looking at, because the 3D visualisations of many places have leaped forward in recent years.