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As recent volcanic events in both Hawaii and Guatemala have reminded us, our planet is alive and ever-changing. But while little shifts during the course of our short lives, the differences over hundreds of millions of years are nothing short of dramatic.
A new interactive map created by Ian Webster, curator of the internet’s largest dinosaur database, places our planet’s ever-shifting surface into stark relief. Using plate tectonics and paleogeographic maps by C.R. Scotese of the PALEOMAP Project, Webster’s map can show you how the earth under your current address changed over the course of some 750 million years. It’s humbling to know 400 million years ago, the woods outside my home in Ithaca, New York, was actually a shallow ocean.