Watch Great Lakes cities grow (and nature disappear) from space


Detroit in 1990. Photo: Google Earth.

Detroit in 1990. Photo: Google Earth.

Google Earth has released a cache of time lapsed images that depict the Earth’s changes over the past 28 years.

Users can watch the sprawl over time of Great Lakes cities such as Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee and other places by typing locations in the search field.

The release represents “the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public,” according to the website’s official blog.

Users can witness the deforestation of the Amazon and glacial retreats in Alaska.

The images were collected as part of a joint mission between the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA.