The computer program – which renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery – has unveiled a brand-new feature that lets users turn back time almost four decades to see how the world has changed over the years.
The feature uses millions of satellite images from the past 37 years to let people scroll through time, and is the biggest update to Google Earth in four 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.
The tech giant is marketing the tool as a way to raise awareness for climate change and other environmental issues, as the time-lapse shows the retreat of glaciers alongside global warming, as well as the deforestation of the Amazon over time.
In a statement, Google said: "We have a clearer picture of our changing planet right at our fingertips - one that shows not just problems but also solutions, as well as mesmerisingly beautiful natural phenomena that unfold over decades.”
The company also said it plans to update the time-lapse feature – which dates back to 1984 – every year for at least the next decade.
They added: "We hope that this perspective of the planet will ground debates, encourage discovery and shift perspectives about some of our most pressing global issues.”