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Paleomap Project DLESE Reviewed Collection
The goal of the PALEOMAP Project is to illustrate the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years. In the section on Earth history you can select any time period, read about that period, and see the plate distribution during that period. There is also a section on climate history where you can select a time period, see the climatic distribution of that period, and learn what evidence was used to reconstruct the paleoclimate. A collection of animations shows the plate distribution during different parts of Earth history. The site also has a section where you can print paleomaps that are formatted to be cut out and pasted on a 4 inch Styrofoam sphere to create your own paleoglobes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
(c) PALEOMAP Project, 1999
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-081
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Christopher R Scotese
PALEOMAP Project