About Timelapse location videos

Earth Timelapse is a global, zoomable video that lets you see how our planet has changed since 1984. On this page, you'll find a curated selection of videos that highlight different types of planetary change, including urban expansion, mining impacts, river meandering, the growth of megacities, deforestation, and agricultural expansion.

How to use

Each location on the Timelapse videos page displays a preview thumbnail of the animation. Below the preview are buttons linking to the YouTube videos in 2D and 3D (if available). You’ll also find a download button; click to select from several formats available:

  • 3D: Available as an MP4 in 4K. The animation includes location name and year labels.
  • 2D, with labels: Available as a GIF or MP4 in 4K. The animation loops three times and includes location and year labels.
  • 2D, without labels: Available as an MP4 in 4K. The animation loops one time with no on-screen text.


Please provide attribution for uses of Earth Timelapse:

Google Earth Timelapse (Google, Landsat, Copernicus)
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.