Video: Google Earth shows how St. Louis has changed over 40 years

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ST. LOUIS – Google Earth can now show you how climate change has affected where you live over the past 40 years. It can also show you how any area has changed from above over a period of decades.

The Google Earth app added the new video feature that uses nearly 40 years of satellite imagery to illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.

The tool came out Thursday. The company took on the project in partnership with several government agencies, including NASA in the U.S. and its European counterpart, in hopes that it will help a mass audience grasp the sometimes abstract concept of climate change in more tangible terms.

Click here to see how the St. Louis area has changed over time.

The feature was created from 24 million satellite images taken every year from 1984 to 2020 and provided by NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the European Union, according to Google. The time lapse technology was created with the help of Carnegie Mellon University.

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