30 Years of Human Impact.

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As the month of May comes to an end, we took a little time to look back on some of the events that had a profound effect on us. One of them is the release of a series of GIFs that revealed the impact that human beings have had on the Earth over the past 30 years. A  part of the Landsat program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have spent the last four decades collecting an insane amount of satellite pictures of the planet Earth. In an amazing collaborative effort, Landsat images taken between 1984 and 2012 have been converted into GIFs. Parties involved include NASA, the USGS, TIME, Google, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University–but the whole experience is somewhat bittersweet. Although this is clearly a brilliant application of technology, it also hard evidence of our “crimes” against nature.

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