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Very, very cool!
S E E D E D C O N T E N T
This image is clickable.
It takes you to an amazing interactive map, where you can observe any part of the world at any time over geographic history.
The name of the planet may be "Earth", but it really should be "Water"!
My, how much things change in only 105 million years.
It also shows how fluid the earth is. There is more going on under the surface then many people realize.
Indeed. And that's only 100M years out of the 4.5 billion year history of our planet.
True. Imagine how Earth will look in another 100M years. North America and Europe could collide.
Right now it looks as though NA and Europe are getting further apart pushed back in both directions from the mid-Atlantic ridge.
Earth might end up with a new Pangea in its distant future.
Wow!!! That was fascinating. What a great interactive image.
Had fun with it, my home was back and forth in water.
I did the same thing... with the same result.
Looks fun, I'll give it a run when I get home.
Dammit couldn't get it to load
I don't know how to help. For me, it works on both Windows and Android.
Your machine might not have enough memory. I would cold boot it and then bring up one browser with just the one tab on Bob's article and see if that works.
A very slow Internet connection could affect this too.
Thanks TiG but no luck, I guess it's too much for my machine
You are likely correct.
I was thinking about the amount of data, the sophistication of the geophysics and the raw computation that went into assembling this animation so that we could all look up to 750 million years into our planet's past. This view of the past was not possible to do until ~1970s and even then the costs would have been prohibitive. The animation would not be possible to do until ~1990s and nowhere near the resolution we casually browsed on our personal computers.
Only recently have we had the means to use science to understand our environment (and ourselves). An amazing time to be alive. Think of how much we all know compared to our parent's generation.
Isn't science & technology grand? It's something that seems quite underappreciated in this country.
And amazingly not understood by many. By 'understood' I am not talking about having knowledge of the underlying equations, models, etc. but rather just understanding what scientists actually do, the methods they employ and their professional motivations.
If that's what you mean, I'd go so far to say it's not understood by most.
Seems that way to me too.
A modern smartphone has more computing power than had an Apollo moon capsule.
Absolutely correct by a factor in the millions. My iPhone kicks the butt of the IBM mainframe that ran my entire university. My iPhone has more computing power than all of the world's computers combined in the 1960s.
Ah, the IBM that my college acquired during my junior year. It occupied an entire room, and got more air conditioning than the rest of the school.
Grad students had trays of punched cards and a very real fear of a read error.
Shoe boxes worked pretty well.
I ran the final exam 7 times with the professor and no one could figure out why it would not compute.
He passed me.
It was the first case of the hanging chad, lol
This is so cool!