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Paleogeographic globes in Google Earth: limited free opportunity

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    BillT
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    Last year I found an iPad app (Ancient Earth: Breakup of Pangea) that allows you to view the earth as a globe you can rotate and zoom in on (like google earth), but instead of just showing the current arrangement of things on the face of the earth today, you can also dial in times back to 200 million years ago. This was made by Christopher Scotese a geologist in Texas based upon his paleomap project (http://www.scotese.com/). You can view data there and purchase some movies.

     

    I just found another related website, Global Geology (http://globalgeology.com/) where you can down load (free for some limited amount of time) google world files of the globe at various times in the past.

    You have to create an account to do this.

     

    These globes can show the following map data (pick one):

    Paleogeography    High resolution paleogeography with 3D relief   (Example)
    Simplified Paleogeography    Low resolution paleogeography with highstand/lowstand shorelines   (Example)
    Basemap    Basemap with coastlines, political boundaries and white background   (Example)
    Relief Basemap    Basemap with coastlines, political boundaries and grayscale 3D relief   (Example)
    Geology    Geology with 3D relief   (Example)
    Paleoclimate Zones    Paleoclimate Zones based on Lithologies (coals, evaporites, etc)   (Example)
    Temperature    Mean Annual Surface Temperature with isotherms   (Example)
    Rainfall and Runoff    Rainfall (blue squares), Wet Regions (Green), Deserts (Brown)   (Example)
    Paleoclimate Reconstruction    Tropical Everwet, Arid, Warm Temperate, Cool Temperate, Polar   (Example)
    Winds    Isobars and Winds   (Example)
    Salinity    Ocean Salinity   (Example)
    Anoxia    Ocean Anoxia   (Example)
    Upwelling    Zones of Oceanic Upwelling   (Example)
    Tectonics    Plate Tectonics   (Example)

     

     

    Here are the available time periods (pick one):

     

    Map Name Era Period Epochs Stages # of Geologic
    Records
    Pleistocene Cenozoic   Neogene   Pleistocene
    Pliocene  
    Piacenzian/Gelasian
    Zanclean  
    209
    Late Miocene Cenozoic   Neogene   Miocene   Messinian
    Tortonian  
    104
    Early Miocene Cenozoic   Neogene   Miocene   Serravalian
    Langhian
    Burdigalian
    Aquitanian  
    183
    Oligocene Cenozoic   Paleogene   Oligocene   Chattian
    Rupelian  
    127
    Late Eocene Cenozoic   Paleogene   Eocene   Priabonian
    Bartonian  
    136
    Middle Eocene Cenozoic   Paleogene   Eocene   Lutetian   102
    Early Eocene Cenozoic   Paleogene   Eocene   Ypresian   100
    PETM Cenozoic   Paleogene     Ypresian
    Thanetian  
    80
    Paleocene Cenozoic   Paleogene   Paleocene   Thanetian
    Selandian
    Danian  
    177
    KT Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Late   Danian
    Maastrichtian  
    162
    Late Cretaceous Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Late   Campanian
    Santonian
    Coniacian  
    266
    Mid Cretaceous Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Late   Turonian
    Cenomanian  
    214
    Albian Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Early   Albian   128
    Late Aptian Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Early   Aptian   123
    Early Aptian Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Early   Aptian   123
    Late, Early Cretaceous Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Early   Barremian
    Hauterivian  
    197
    Earliest Cretaceous Mesozoic   Cretaceous   Cretaceous-Early   Valanginian
    Berriasian  
    207
    Latest Jurassic Mesozoic   Jurassic   Jurassic-Late   Tithonian   97
    Late Jurassic Mesozoic   Jurassic   Jurassic-Late   Kimmeridgian
    Oxfordian  
    149
    Middle Jurassic Mesozoic   Jurassic   Jurassic-Middle   Callovian
    Bathonian
    Bajocian
    Aalenian  
    274
    Late, Early Jurassic Mesozoic   Jurassic   Jurassic-Early   Toarcian   94
    Early Jurassic Mesozoic   Jurassic   Jurassic-Early   Pliensbachian
    Sinemurian  
    150
    Triassic Jurassic Mesozoic   Jurassic     Hettangian
    Rhaetian  
    126
    Latest Triassic Mesozoic   Triassic   Triassic-Late   Rhaetian
    Norian  
    170
    Late Triassic Mesozoic   Triassic   Triassic-Late   Carnian   100
    Late, Middle Triassic Mesozoic   Triassic   Triassic-Middle   Ladinian
    Anisian  
    128
    Early Triassic Mesozoic   Triassic   Triassic-Early   Olenekian
    Induan  
    120
    Permo Triassic Mesozoic   Triassic     Induan
    Changhsingian  
    75
    Late Permian Paleozoic   Permian   Lopingian   Changhsingian
    Wuchiapingian  
    106
    Middle Permian Paleozoic   Permian   Guadalupian   Capitanian
    Wordian/Roadian  
    134
    Late, Early Permian Paleozoic   Permian   Cisuralian   Kungurian
    Artinskian  
    161
    Earliest Permian Paleozoic   Permian   Cisuralian   Sakmarian
    Asselian  
    162
    Pennsylvanian Paleozoic   Carboniferous   Pennsylvanian-Late
    Pennsylvanian-Middle
    Pennsylvanian-Early  
    Gzhelian
    Kasimovian
    Moscovian
    Bashkirian  
    387
    Late Mississippian Paleozoic   Carboniferous   Mississippian-Late   Serpukhovian   142
    Early Mississippian Paleozoic   Carboniferous   Mississippian-Middle
    Mississippian-Early  
    Visean
    Tournaisian  
    252
    Late Devonian Paleozoic   Devonian   Devonian-Late   Famennian
    Frasnian  
    177
    Middle Devonian Paleozoic   Devonian   Devonian-Middle   Givetian
    Eifelian  
    201
    Early Devonian Paleozoic   Devonian   Devonian-Early   Emsian
    Pragian
    Lochkovian  
    215
    Late Silurian Paleozoic   Silurian   Pridoli
    Ludlow
    Wenlock  
    Ludfordian/Gorstian
    Homerian/Sheinwoodian  
    164
    Early Silurian Paleozoic   Silurian   Llandovery   Telychian
    Aeronian/Rhuddanian  
    93
    Hirnantian Paleozoic   Ordovician     Ashgillian
    Aeronian/Rhuddanian  
    71
    Late Ordovician Paleozoic   Ordovician   Ordovician-Late   Ashgillian
    Caradoc  
    116
    Middle Ordovician Paleozoic   Ordovician   Ordovician-Middle   Landeilo
    Llanvirn  
    115
    Early Ordovician Paleozoic   Ordovician   Ordovician-Early   Arenig
    Tremadocian  
    113
    Late Cambrian Paleozoic   Cambrian   Furongian   Paibian   72
    Middle Cambrian Paleozoic   Cambrian   Cambrian-Middle     54
    Early Cambrian Paleozoic   Cambrian   Cambrian-Early     46
    Ediacaran Neoproterozoic   Ediacaran       26
    Cryogenian Neoproterozoic   Cryogenian       23

     

    I think these maps are fun and could be useful for non-profit uses like talks and lectures, so I am letting people know about them here.

    For example, I have used a movie from the Paleomap site showing paleogeography of the Indian ocean region during the last 50 million years to give a general idea of the world in which Danios evolved. This was in some movie format that I could paste into a power point presentation.

    I could only get pdf snapshots from Google Earth by choosing print but then clicking save as a pdf (on my Mac). Other forms of output may exist, but this is my first use of Google Earth. If you want to make a movie through time with the Google Earth flies I think you would need to save a series of images from different time globes and string them together in a movie program (like quick time).

     

    #351361

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Looks pretty cool will have a play with this later. 🙂

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