Google’s 30-Year Time Lapse

From the astounding removal of trees in Whitesville, West Virginia, to make way for coal mining; to the depletion of the Aral Sea (between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) due to farming; and the Langhovde Glacier melting, Google’s 30-decade time-lapse videos are as fascinating as they are unsettling. Not only are obvious changes in lakes, glaciers and rivers visible, users can search any exact location they desire (thankfully not all are dramatically different). Working with over 5.4 million images taken since 1984, the Google Earth Engine team has created something that’s very clever, but also incredibly important for us humans to see—it shows all the ways that our actions are undeniably affecting the planet. See much, much more at TIME.