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NASA creates ultimate time-lapse of life on Earth

Climate change happens so slowly that it can be hard to see it happen under our noses - but this brand new video captures the process in action.

The new video reveals in startling detail the changes our land and oceans have experienced over the past two decades.

The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. Meanwhile, the changing colours of the ocean show undersea life thriving - or dying.

"It's like watching the Earth breathe".

Using data gleaned from observations of rising sea surface temperatures, NASA researchers have been able to show that phytoplankton growth is becoming increasingly impeded, indicating that less carbon dioxide - the greenhouse gas most responsible for runaway climate change - is being absorbed by the microorganisms. This starts in the Northern Hemisphere in the spring time, coming and going with the changing of the seasons.

The receding level of ice in the Arctic is among the trends captured in the NASA visual.

On the sea side, Mr Werdell was struck by "this hugely productive bloom of biology" that exploded in the Pacific along the equator from 1997 to 1998, when a water-warming El Nino event merged into cooling La Nina.

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Interestingly, one of North America's five Great Lakes, Lake Erie, is also subject to more algae blooms which can be seen in red and yellow.

NASA released an incredible timelapse Friday depicting life on Earth over the past 20 years.

The animation shows our planet's seasonal fluctuations as seen from space after the U.S. space agency condensed two decades of data into just a few minutes. The new time-lapse video is stitched togehter by using those satellite observations.

Talking about this is NASA oceanographer Gene Carl Feldman who said, "These are incredibly evocative visualization of our living planet".

NASA launched this satellite in 1997, allowing them to track life on earth through 20 years of satellite imaging.

Let's hope that those in charge pay enough attention to make sure that Earth doesn't change too much with it.


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