During Earth’s four billion years of history, things have changed a lot, including today’s continents.
An online interactive map shows where your city has been traversing continental streams for millions of years.
Created by California paleontologist Ian Webster in a web application, the map is based on geological models created by Christopher Stowes, CNN reported.
This allows users to “travel back in time” by increasing the pre-set, such as when the first vertebrae appeared or the first green algae.
You can try the map of the ancient world yourself.
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Users can travel around the world to see the size of all the continents and get short guides for what the living were on the earth at that time (if any).
For example, for the Middle Triassic 220 million years ago, it says: “The Earth is recovering from Permian-Triassic extinction. Small dinosaurs begin to appear. Therapids and archosauruses first emerged with flying spines.”
For example, before the island we recognized today, London sat on the people of incredible continents and vast lands.
It is part of a natural cycle, scientists say, where tectonic plates meet together on a continent that breaks up again.
The last time this happened was when a continent called Pongia was formed about 310 million years ago, before it broke up about 160 million years ago.
In an interview this week, Webster told CNN: “It shows that our environment can be dynamic and changeable.
“Earth’s history is longer than we imagined and the current arrangement of plate tectonics and continents is an accident of time. In the future it will be very different and the world can spread to all of us.
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“My software ‘geocodes’ the user’s location and then uses (Scottish) models to run back and forth over time.
“I created Interactive Globe Visualization and Geocoding and GPS Integration myself so people can plug in their own locations.”
Scientists believe that another continental country will be formed after about two and a half million years.
The future continent could take several shapes: Novopangia, Pangia Ultima, Arika and Amasia.
In one scene America and Antarctica could collide and form a ‘supercontinent’ together with the other continents of our planet.
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