Link: Google Maps time-lapse shows how rivers move over time | Science! | Geek.com

Google Maps time-lapse shows how rivers move over time | Science! | Geek.com

Given a sufficient period of time, the Earth is much more malleable than we generally give it credit for. We tend to think of changes to our planet as happening in geological time periods (“geologically speaking, that land mass formed extremely quickly…” and such) but not everything moves that slowly. In fact, some features move quite rapidly and change at a pace that is observable through rather conventional means, like satellite imagery. This set of images spans from 1984 to 2012, and makes it very clear that a river can change its path not only over the course of 28 years, but in just a few months when given the right conditions. Rivers, of course, are one of the most unpredictable and rapidly changing parts of the planet given how they are affected not just by slow-moving forces, like erosion, but also near-instantaneous ones, like flooding and upstream snow melts, which can causes banks to expand and shift from their current course. That could be the case here, as the river pict..
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