Google’s Timelapse Tool Shows How Busy Humanity Has Been

One of the most difficult problems for writers and historians alike is that it’s hard to encapsulate the sheer magnitude of man’s impact on the planet. Spill as much ink as you want about continents shifting, glaciers melting and humans taking over the planet, but some things are too massive to adequately put into perspective.

An update to Google’s Timelapse tool, first introduced in 2013, does a pretty good job of conveying the speed at which some parts of our planet are changing. Using

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