Perhaps one of the best scenes created by mankind and technology witnessed by the human eye is the North America Skyline Illustration but it is nothing compared to the natural beauty of the living planet. Years and years of research have shown that the Earth is alive and changing continuously with time. This was proved by the recent volcanic happenings in Guatemala as well as in Hawaii. We may not be able to see the difference in our lifetime but the Earth has been in the solar system for millions of years and the change for someone who have witnessed since the beginning might be tremendous.
This is why the curator of the largest dinosaur database online, Ian Webster, decided to create an interactive map that will allow people to see just how much the surface of the Earth have shifted since the time of the dinosaurs. The interactive map made use of PALEOMAP Project’s paleogeographic maps as well as plate tectonics illustrations created by C.R. Scotese. Through the interactive map, one will be able to see how much the Earth have changed especially in the current address where you are residing. It will take you back more than 750 million years to see what the area used to be.
Going back to 350 million years ago in the Cryogenian Period, majority of the planet was covered with glaciers and Ithaca used to be a part of Rodinia which is a supercontinent. This is also the same time when scientists believed that single-celled organisms came to being.
Through the interactive map, one can select the time difference from 10 million to 40 million years. There is also background information provided by Webster. One example is when you go back 105 million years ago at the time when an inland sea from the Gulf came between North America, the website states, that it is known to be the Cretaceous Period with accompanying details about the era. Looking back to those million years ago and to the North America Skyline illustration now, one can say that man truly has come a long way because of technology.