Nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, the earth began to cool and the autotrophs began to drool… Yes, you are right, we are quoting the famous Big Bang Theory’s title track. Wouldn’t it be cool if you can check how your home town looked about 100 million years ago? Palaeontologist Ian Webster from California created an awesome tool that will let you check how your home town looked at the beginning of age!
In the last 4,543 billion years, the World has changed significantly. Think about it since you were 12 and how you have changed today. It is something else to see for yourself that over seventy million years how your hometown has changed with the tectonic plates as our world shifted and landmasses spread out or buried under the oceans.
This map, created by Ian Webster a California based palaeontologist, and it allows you to reach your hometown and pick a period of about 150 million years from now to 750 million years ago.
Here you can see how the early continents joined together in the Pangean supercontinent around 335 million years ago until they split up around 175 million years ago by moving through various times. You can also skip over various ages, for example when the cretaceous roamed the Earth, on the other side of the globe, or when the first steps were taken on the planet by the animals.
The map uses GPlates – a platform visualization software and map info. Here you can spend time with the charts. The map creators believed that those who use it will be fascinated and get confused, for example, Florida was once buried underwater, and that the USA was separated by a shallow sea.
As Webster told CNN “It shows that our environment is dynamic and can change,” and the history of the Earth is much mysterious than we can convince ourselves and the current arrangements of plate tectonics and continents is an accident of time. In the future, the Earth will be again a very different place than we can conclude now.