One of the really neat features introduced in Google Earth 5 is the historical imagery slider. Using this tool, you can view old imagery and compare it to more recent imagery for a particular location.
Over the past year, we’ve seen some neat examples of that. Below is a video that Frank made back in February that shows how the feature works and gives a quick tour of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium from the 2008 Olympics.
In March, Google added a lot more imagery to this section, which offered some neat perspective on things like Amazon deforestation. It’s also allowed us to revisit neat old discoveries that were lost after subsequent imagery updates, such as this KC-135 refueling in mid-air, or over 1700 items on Google Earth Hacks that are “outdated” but can still be seen using this tool.
Today, Google has added more historical imagery including some for Berlin, Germany beween 1945 and 1953. It’s neat to be able to go back and see how a city has changed over the years, especially when you can span more than half a century between two images.
Check it out, and be sure to let us know if you find any other interesting historical imagery out there.