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Where can I get pictures that show changes in places?

Asked by lightsourcetrickster (1902 points ) January 19th, 2013

I have this fixation with US city skylines and places – and have collected a small number of pictures thus far that were taken in Times Square, or has a view that includes the famous Empire State building, so on and so forth.
I recently got asked by my gf where the old west was – and what was it, so it got me to wiki from Google (as you’d probably expect) and on the wiki page involved there were photos taken from 1850 or 1851, and it got me thinking if there was a place where I could obtain pictures that show changes of locations over the years.
Even better, the same shot taken at the same place in successive year or something akin to that. Any ideas?

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marinelife's avatar

Local historical societies usually have such photos.

WestRiverrat's avatar

If you want satellite photos, contact EROS Data Center

I haven’t used them for a while, but they used to have a series of before and after pictures of floods, large fires and other natural phenomenon.

ETpro's avatar

There are archives building up that should be searchable on the web. Glacial studies use photos taken year after year to graphically display glacial movement. Since the advent of satellite photography, there are also appalling images showing the destruction of the rain forests. Also fascinating are satellite photos showing how river beds and desert sands evolve and move over years.

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

@jaytkay Have a star for being a star. Closest thing to what I’ve been looking for and it does look like it’ll come in handy. Thanks!

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kritiper's avatar

In Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” (2007) you can see pictures like you describe.

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