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See 30 Years of Amazing Changes in Michigan’s Thumb

With Google you can now see how Michigan’s Upper Thumb region has changed in the past 30 years. Google’s Earth Engine gives a global time lapse view built from  annual composites of Landsat satellite images. Watch change across Huron County’ s landscape beginning as early as 1984.

Once you click on and view the map you can zoom into any specific area of the Thumb. I was amazed at the increase in tree cover at Sleeper State Park and the growth of Caseville.

Watch Huron County’s Change 1984-2012

You can change the view to any part of the world. The Engine does show startling changes of building and growth in Southeast Michigan and near our major cities.


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