historical biogeography: practical request

Margaret K. Thayer mthayer at FMPPR.FMNH.ORG
Wed Jan 13 11:25:08 CST 1999

Another site I just linked to via the one provided by Joseph Kirkbride is:

        Paleogeographic Atlas Project Home Page =20

>From the "Brochure" page:
"For more than twenty years, the scientists at the University of Chicago's
Paleogeographic Atlas Project have been plotting the evolution of the
geologic features of the world: the drifting of continents, the formation
and destruction of mountains, and the widening of ocean basins. From the
paleoworld of the supercontinent Pangea to the complex geology of today's
many continents, their extensive suite of data bases tell a rich history of
Earth's changing environment worldwide.
"Using the data bases and their own specially designed software, the
Paleogeographic Atlas Project scientists construct paleomaps of the Earth.
These "snapshots" contain detailed geologic information - the height of
mountains, depth of oceans, even clues to ancient climate - compiled from
field work by geologists and paleontologists working around the world. The
Paleogeographic Atlas Project scientists are developing a detailed atlas of
the world=D5s paleogeology of the past 250 million years.
Paleogeographic Atlas Project scientists specialize in the geology of
China. "From their own field work and through collaboration with Chinese
scientists, the project researchers have compiled one of the most extensive
libraries of the geologic reports and maps of China, many of which are
otherwise unavailable in the United States. This work is helping to clarify
the very complex geologic evolution of southern Asia.
"Understanding ancient climate is a major focus of the Paleogeographic
Atlas Project geologists. By studying the worldwide distribution of fossil
plants and by collaborating with other universites where researchers are
constructing computer simulations of global climate, the scientists can
begin to reconstruct the climates of ancient lands.
"National Geographic, Discover and Science magazines have also taken
advantage of the Paleogeographic Atlas Project paleomaps. The scientists
have also produced a time-lapse sequence of Earth's changing paleogeography
for a museum educational outreach project, the Powers of Ten."

Margaret K. Thayer      mthayer at fmnh.org
Adjunct Curator  - Zoology, Insects       =20
Field Museum of Natural History                http://www.fmnh.org
Chicago IL 60605-2496, USA                =20
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