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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Interactive Earth

Interactive Earth

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Categories: natural history, video, sustainability, art and design, environment

 Pangea Breakfup (credit: Wiki-commons)

The Earth's crust consists of multiple, rocky plates that move up, over, and under each other while being carried on portions of the Earth's interior mantle. Imperceptible over human lifetimes but dramatic over eons, the movement of the continents, Continental drift, is one of the most fundamental of geological processes. It influenced the earlest forms of life to begin evolving on this planet.

A new interactive map now allows you to view different eras from today's global geography back through the previous one billion years of development. It was developed by Ian Webster, an experimental programer at Google, and shows the constantly shifting surface of the Earth over the last 750 million years. Webster applied plate tectonics and other mapping tools, to illustrate how the continents changed over this time-line.

                              Paleogeography Animation (credit: PaleoMap Project)

Put your own home location into the map's coordinates and watch the geography change yourself.



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