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Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon
Posted By Morgana Matus On August 2, 2012 @ 5:42 pm In Conservation,environmental destruction,Film,global development,green technology,News,Video | 1 Comment
Landsat  and Google Earth Engine  may have created the closest thing we have ever seen to a virtual time machine. Forty years of satellite images of the Earth’s surface have been organized, compiled, and edited to make amazing time-lapse videos. Now, for the first time, we’re able to see the result of decades of human activity on the world’s ecosystems and the startling rates of environmental destruction, particularly in the Amazon Rainforest.
For the past 40 years, the Landsat satellite has been capturing images of the world’s changing landscapes, covering the same area every 16 days. The program was launched in 1972 as a joint venture between NASA  and the US Geological Survey  in an effort to collect “remote sensing ” information. Landsat, in collaboration with Google’s Earth Engine , is compiling trillions of images taken over the decades to be used free of charge. It is hoped that scientists, governments, and independent researches will be able to take advantage of the data, helping to solve problems such as deforestation, estimating biomass and carbon levels, and mapping unexplored and road-less areas.
Google and Landsat have already released a video  detailing the project, as well as fascinating time-lapse pieces. Among some of the most interesting subjects include Las Vegas’ urban explosion , the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest , and drying of the Aral Sea .
Via Treehugger 
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 Landsat: http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/
 Google Earth Engine: http://earthengine.google.org/#intro
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBIA0lqfcN4
 NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/
 US Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov/
 remote sensing: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/rsd/RemoteSensing.html
 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezn1ne2Fj6Y&feature=player_embedded
 Las Vegas’ urban explosion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPRGfyd93fo&feature=relmfu
 destruction of the Amazonian rainforest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBIA0lqfcN4&feature=relmfu
 drying of the Aral Sea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbSkRS8Ih7o&feature=relmfu
 Treehugger : http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/dramatic-time-lapse-videos-show-changes-earths-surface-using-40-years-satellite-images.html
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