An interactive map of the Earth shows where our home was 500 million years ago

An interactive map of the Earth shows where our home was 500 million years ago

Throughout Earth’s four billion-year history, things have moved around rather a great deal – including the mainlands of today.

An online interactive map shows precisely where your old neighborhood has meandered throughout countless long periods of continental drift.

Made by California scientist Ian Webster in a web application, the guide depends on land models made by Christopher Stoese, CNN revealed.

It permits clients to “travel back in time” by pre-set augmentations, for example, to when the primary vertebrates showed up, or the principal green growth.

You can attempt the guide yourself at Ancient Earth.

Clients can pivot the globe to see the state of the apparent multitude of mainlands, and get brief advisers for what animals were alive on Earth around then (assuming any).

For example, for the Middle Triassic, 220 million years prior, it says: “The Earth is recovering from the Permian-Triassic extinction. Small dinosaurs begin to appear. Therapsids and archosaurs emerge, along with the first flying vertebrates.”

London, for example, has sat on unrecognizable mainlands and tremendous land masses, before separating into the island we perceive today.

It’s aspect of a characteristic cycle, researchers state, where the structural plates meet up into a supercontinent that at that point breaks up once more.

The last time it occurred, a supercontinent known as Pangaea framed around 310 million years back, before separating around 180 million years prior.

In a meeting this week, Webster told CNN: “It shows that our environment is dynamic and can change.

“The history of Earth is longer than we can conceive, and the current arrangement of plate tectonics and continents is an accident of time. It will be very different in the future, and Earth may outlast us all.

“My software ‘geocodes’ the user’s location and then uses (Scotese’s) models to run their location backwards in time.

“I built the interactive globe visualisation and the geocoding and GPates integration myself so that people could plug in their own locations.”

In around 250 million years time, another supercontinent will frame, researchers accept.

The future mainland could take a few shapes: Novopangea, Pangaea Ultima, Aurica and Amasia.

In one situation, America and Antarctica could impact, framing together into one ‘supercontinent’ alongside different mainlands of our planet.

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