750 million years of the Earth’s history

The Visible Paleo-Earth project is an initiative by the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPR Arecibo) to visualize the Earth’s appearance over the past 750 million years.

You may have already seen Ronald Blakey’s reconstructions of prehistoric land masses and tectonic plate movements. However the VPE takes it a step further – using computer models of paleo-climate change to create true-color, photo-realistic representations of the globe at different points in time.

This time-lapse sequence of 30 images was released last week:

The project website has several other video animations, as well as some poster-sized sets of maps.

Via Free Geography Tools

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