New Delhi: It is noon on a bright spring day on the Google Earth Day 2013 doodle. Clicking on the play button on the blazing sun sets the day and the doodle in motion. The sun moves westwards to set and the moon rises in the sky and the cycle of seasons that control so much on the planet is replayed on your browser.
The animated Earth Day 2013 Google doodle continues in an unending loop moving from one day to another and from one season to the next. We can even see the moon in different phases.
In spring there is a little snow on the mountain tops and the flowers and the plants have just began to bloom, followed by summer and then a cold frozen where the only sign of life are the fishes cricling in the stream.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson. The original Earth Day was attended by about 20 million Americans. The Earth Day movement went global in 1990 and is now celebrated in over 175 countries across the globe. April 22 was officially designated as the international Earth Day by the United Nations in 2009.
The day is marked to raise awareness and appreciation for our planet's environment.
The 2013 Earth Day doodle is the 13th Earth Day doodle that Google has posted on its home page since 2001 and is the third animated Earth Day Google doodle.
To mark the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day in 2012, Google posted a flower-themed doodle on its home page. It featured an animated image of blooming flowers in purple, red and yellow colours that spelt Google.
Google went interactive for it's 11th Earth Day doodle that had in it ticklish pandas, frolicking penguins, a growling lion, a cascading waterfall, waterfall climbing fish, a fish devouring bear, birds, butterflies, a koala and a jumping frog.
2010 was the 40th anniversary of the Earth Day and the search engine giant transformed its logo into an illustration of a forest with sunlight filtering through the leaves creating an impression of the Google logo.
In 2009 Google went partially underwater with its Earth Day doodle to highlight the rich diversity of life in the water.
The Google logo appeared as a natural rock formation with a stream running through it for the 2008 Earth Day.
The 2007 Google Earth Day doodle had the Google logo in the form of an iceberg to highlight the melting of the polar ice caps.
In 2006 the Google logo went green for Earth Day with solar and wind energy.
The 2005 edition of Google's Earth Day doodle has more members from the animal kingdom, including a squirrel and a bird family.
A happy fish with mountains in the background was the theme for Google's 2004 Earth Day doodle.
The 2003 Google Earth Day doodle had some beings from outer space. Two aliens gaze at the earth sitting atop the Google logo, quite like how lovebirds on earth look at the moon.
The 2002 Google Earth Day doodle did away with the two-hemispheres and replaced only one 'O' with an image of the earth but added some clouds for effect.
The first Google Earth Day doodle, back in April 22, 2001 was a simple. The 'O's in the Google logo were replaced by the western and the eastern hemisphere for the earth.