Google Earth timelapse shows changing NC coastline

Posted April 27, 2017 5:40 p.m. EDT

— It’s been well documented that North Carolina’s coast has changed overtime as inlets and beaches have grown, shrunk and shifted. Now, thanks to Google Earth’s Timelapse feature, people can watch how much the state’s coast has changed in the last approximately 30 years.

Google Earth offers timelapse features for just about any geographic area. North Carolina Sea Grant used the tools to take a look at erosion along the Outer Banks.

In the example above, Beaufort Inlet in Carteret County can be seen from an aerial perspective as the inlet moved and shifted from 1984 to 2016.

Along with geological changes, development and population change are apparent.

To catch the most drastic of changes, users can change the default speed from fast to medium or slow. The tool is free and open for anyone to use.