Google Earth just introduced a timelapse feature that can take us back to 1985!

Google Earth has launched a time-lapse feature that allows users to wind back the clock 37 years and see how the world has changed over the years.

Google Earth uses similar technology to the widely used Maps product, but is more focused on geology and exploration than public transport and directions.

Bahrain in 1985 as seen on Google Earth
Bahrain in 2020 as seen on Google Earth

Users can access the tool in a web browser, and the feature comes with some pre-packaged virtual tours of an Alaskan glacier melting over the years or forest protection efforts in Brazil.

Google is heavily marketing the tool as a way to raise awareness of climate change and other environmental issues.