The earth has changed dramatically in the last 4.453 billion years. Just think how you have changed since you were 12 years old. It is another thing to see for yourself how your hometown has moved over 750 million years, as the tectonic plates of our planet have shifted and the earth’s masses have split or been submerged under the oceans.
The map, created by California paleontologist Ian Webster, allows you to enter your hometown and choose a period from now to 750 million years, about 150 million years before the appearance of multicellular animals.
People who play with it find that their hometowns were not where they expected.
You may be surprised to learn that flowering plants evolved about 130 million years ago, meaning that terrestrial animals roamed the world about 670 million years before they saw a flower.
The map uses GPlates – software for visualizing plate tectonics – as well as cartographic data. Here you can play with the card for yourself. The creator hopes that the map will fascinate and surprise those who use it, such as the fact that before Florida was submerged, and the United States was once separated by a shallow sea.
“It shows that our environment is dynamic and can change,” Webster told CNN. “The history of the Earth is longer than we can imagine, and the current location of the tectonics of the plates and continents is a coincidence of time. In the future it will be very different and the Earth may outlive us all.”