Thread  RSS Virtual time machine of Earth's geology now in the cloud

# 13009 8 years ago on Wed, Mar 9 2016 at 5:23 pm

How did Madagascar once slot next to India? Where was Australia a billion years ago?

Cloud-based virtual globes developed by a team led by University of Sydney geologists mean anyone with a smartphone, laptop or computer can now visualise, with unprecedented speed and ease of use, how the Earth evolved geologically.

Reported today in PLOS ONE, the globes have been gradually made available since September 2014. Some show Earth as it is today while others allow reconstructions through 'geological time', harking back to the planet's origins.

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# 13015 8 years ago on Thu, Mar 10 2016 at 9:00 pm

That's kind of cool. It's like a 4-D globe of sorts.

Continental drift continues to happen, too.

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# 13037 8 years ago on Sun, Mar 13 2016 at 11:06 pm

What's even cooler is how the data behind this is gathered. Continental drift's history and future is pieced together from many clues that geologists have gathered. The shapes of the continents are a good indicator, too.

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. -- Carl Sagan

# 13065 8 years ago on Wed, Mar 16 2016 at 3:32 pm

That's really cool, many thanks for sharing this, Nitro! spin

# 13078 8 years ago on Thu, Mar 17 2016 at 2:12 pm

No prob, Bob. yum!

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