Satellite imagery can serve as a time machine, revealing dramatic change in just a few seconds — but can you imagine documenting almost three decades’ worth of all that change, across most of our planet’s land mass? A team of imaging experts, computer scientists and journalists did. Now they’ve unveiled the result: a globa database of zoomable, animated satellite views known as Timelapse.
(Photo: NASA Earth Observatory)
This picture may remind you of an alien landscape, but it’s actually a look at our own planet from hundreds of miles above. NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of a 35-mile-wide (55-kilometer-wide) alluvial fan in China’s Xinjiang Province in 2003.