Ever wondered what Jacksonville looked like from space as it has continued to grow with the steady influx of people that continue to move into the city? Thanks to a partnership between Google and Time Magazine, now you can.
A lot can happen in 30 years, and these GIFs show you just how much development has taken place here in North Florida.
In order to explain what exactly you’re looking at, read the excerpt from Time’s website below.
“That changed when NASA created the Landsat program, a series of satellites that would perpetually orbit our planet, looking not out but down. Surveillance spacecraft had done that before, of course, but they paid attention only to military or tactical sites. Landsat was a notable exception, built not for spycraft but for public monitoring of how the human species was altering the surface of the planet. Two generations, eight satellites and millions of pictures later, the space agency, along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has accumulated a stunning catalog of images that, when riffled through and stitched together, create a high-definition slide show of our rapidly changing Earth. TIME is proud to host the public unveiling of these images from orbit, which for the first time date all the way back to 1984.”
Aside from the GIFs I created above, there are several others provided by Google that show the drastic changes of Earth’s surface in more radical areas.
These images are shocking but are a stark reminder of the human impact to our planet’s ever-changing surface. To see the full article, visit the link here.