The Paleomap Project

Welcome to The GeoChristian. Out of over 600 posts on my blog, this one on the Paleomap Project is in the top five in terms of how many people view it. The purpose of The GeoChristian is twofold: 1. To enhance science literacy within the Evangelical Christian community. 2. To present a Biblical Christianity that is hostile to neither science nor the environment. I invite you to browse around and read some other posts.

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day refers to a site that I’ve known about for some time but never got around to blogging about. The Paleomap Project shows the configuration of the continents through geologic time as they have moved across the surface of the Earth due to plate tectonics.

Here’s one example–the layout of the continents during the Permian Period, approximately 255 million years ago:

Similar maps–all with better resolution than what I’ve shown here–are available for the Precambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian…

Grace and Peace

4 thoughts on “The Paleomap Project

  1. Any idea where to get a global earth heightmap in the past like this ? let’s say a rough one 1 or 2km / pixel (like GTOPO30 or something…)

    Otherwise, I would be very interested to know if there’s any software existing to “morph back in time” the present 16bit greyscale height of the earth, perhaps along some tectonic boundaries shapes data… I know mountains moving up and down is hard to reconstruct… but I’m just looking for shapes contour first.

    I use World-Machine, I had a look at MICRODEM, haven’t tried yet ArcGIS combined with a plugin called “PaleoGIS” … still at the experimenting stage…

    Thanks if you have any suggestions.


  2. Ann Shure

    Yes, if all this science stuff is actually true, then doesn’t that mean we might be wrong to persecute homosexuals and prevent stem cell research because maybe the Bible got that wrong too? I mean, the Pope went to Africa and told them not to use condoms because it was a sin! There’s no way that was wrong, because if it was then the Pope would probably go to Hell for it. Oh, wait…


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