MAP: Earth's most stunning transformations

2014-04-08 15:58
Cape Town - While we're cognitively aware of the way in which our world has changed over the past few decades, seeing it happen right before one's eyes in the matter of a few seconds really puts things in perspective. 

Time magazine and Google launched a Timelapse project in May last year, using satellite images taken between 1984 and 2012 to show just how much the earth's surface had changed (in certain places) over 18 years.

While the project has been going for a while, Time recently posted the interactive map to their Facebook page again and we had some fun checking it out. 

The map allows you to search for any location on the planet and watch from a satellite's point of view as the landscape changes. 

While we didn't find any too dramatic or devastating changes in South Africa (we checked out Cape Town, Joburg and the Kruger National Park), other parts of the world have undergone massive alterations.

Like Dubai. Just check out this gif of Dubai going from a fishing village to a massive metropolis below:

Pretty amazing, right?

But how scary are the next two?

Check out the actual map for yourself on Time's website. Tell us about any interesting changes you spotted in the comment section below.

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