Appwatch Ancient Earth

Did your hometown exist on dry land during the Jurassic Or did it hobnob with corals in a super ocean Time you found out
Geography geeks, this is your holy grail
Geography geeks, this is your holy grail

Years ago, we chanced upon a theoretical clock that described how long Homo sapiens had walked the Earth, if all of creation was fit into 24 hours. Right from its formation in the Big Bang, to the evolution of single-celled algae, plants, and eventually the dinosaurs&mdashmankind, it seemed, had been around for just over a minute. It&rsquos impossible for our brains to ever grasp this passage of time, and the changes it wrought upon the landscape. A platform called Ancient Earth, however, offers a well-researched push in that direction.  

Quite simply, Ancient Earth is an interactive globe that charts out the movement of tectonic plates, the sea floor, and thus, all our continents, up to the last 750 million years. With a minimalist interface, you can choose from a dropdown menu of 25 time periods for a recreation of our planet&rsquos terrain. The most enjoyable part, of course, is typing in the name of your hometown and seeing how it&rsquos shifted around over the years. Was it underwater and eventually pushed up by a fold mountain Did it ring a volcano Was it in a different hemisphere, or flanked by a glacier We don&rsquot know about you, but it&rsquos coolest edutainment site we&rsquove seen in a while. The fact that it&rsquos fully based on scientific data gives solid footing to our fantasies. Apart from scrolling in for detail, you can jump to critical moments in our geographic history (think &lsquofirst coral reefs&rsquo, &lsquoPannotia supercontinent&rsquo, &lsquodinosaur extinction&rsquo.). Each timestamp is accompanied by a small note on the bottom left, about life in that era. 

Ancient Earth is the brainchild of Ian Webster, a computer scientist and former Google engineer who used plate-tectonic visualisation software while rendering the 3D globe. To discover your past, visit the official website, or get the iOS app.

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