Find out where your home would have been at a time when dinosaurs roamed the EarthPictolic
Have you ever wondered where you would have lived in the era of dinosaurs? A scientist from California has created an interactive online map on which everyone can see where his hometown would have been hundreds of millions of years ago. With the help of the free Ancient Earth Globe app, users will have the opportunity to learn more about the prehistoric past of our planet.
An online map created by 31-year-old Californian Ian Webster shows where a particular place was located hundreds of millions of years ago. The interactive tool demonstrates how the surface of our planet has changed due to the drift of continents.
The upper layer of the Earth, the hard crust on which we walk, consists of disconnected parts – continents – which are like the shell of a broken egg.
About 240 million years ago, all the continents were merged into one supercontinent called Pangea. Then the lithospheric plates separated and began to move, forming seven separate continents that we know today.
To illustrate how the land on the planet has changed over time, Webster created a free application" Ancient Earth Globe " (Ancient Earth Globe). In it, you can enter the location of any locality and see where it was in prehistoric times.
Here you can choose the period from the era of dinosaurs (66 million years ago) to the appearance of the first green algae on the planet (750 million years ago). The interactive map demonstrates how dynamic the environment is. In the future, the current position of the continents may also change.
Webster created the application by transferring one map to another, based on complex geological models. GPlates is also used – a program that geologists use to visualize reconstructions of tectonic plates.
An online map will help you understand the history of the Earth. Here you can learn a lot of new facts that most users did not even know about. For example, the United States was once divided by a shallow sea, and Florida was flooded with water.
The American hopes that his application will help us evaluate the work of scientists who work every day, so that we can better understand our world and its past.
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