These Scientists Turned Beautiful Destination Photos Into So Much More

The results are amazing.

What happens after you post vacation pictures online?

Some friends and family may look through them (most won't) and some may comment. But a couple of days later, they're all but forgotten. That is, until a group of scientists comes around and gives them new life.

A group of researchers at the University of Washington and Google took 86 million online images of over 20,000 locations, chronologically sequenced them, and created time lapses of some of the most amazing places on Earth. The team developed an algorithm that mined images from image-sharing websites like flickr and software to blend them into a seamless time lapse sequence.

Not only does this project highlight the ebb and flow of life in big cities, but it also shows natural changes in the environment as well.

Las Vegas

New construction enriches the experience of the Las Vegas strip.

New York City

Images of the New York skyline over time highlight construction of a skyscraper.

Glacier in Norway

Not all changes are good, as evidenced by this melting glacier in Norway.

San Francisco

The garden has seasonal changes, which really come to life in the time lapse.

Mt. St. Helens, Washington

Not only does this highlight seasonal changes in the mountain's snow fall, but it shows how the snow cover changes year to year.

Sandbar in Koh Nang Yuan, Thailand

Due to the flow of water and human activity, the sandbar moves over time.

View a video of the entire process here: