The land, with all the familiar outlines of continents, did not always look the way it does now. Previously, land was collected in supercontinent, which in time immemorial split and set off on an independent drift. This leads to a funny result: many modern cities in their history have traveled more than the people who inhabit them.
Now, thanks to the interactive map Ancient Earth Globe, you can see with your own eyes what regions and conditions your hometown has visited over the many hundreds of millions of years of our planet's history. The map combines paleogeographic data from the PALEOMAPS project with data from the GPlates open source geodata repository.
The generalized data allow you to "rewind" the time of the Earth by 750 million years ago. This, of course, is not the entire time of our planet's existence (its age is about 4.5 billion years), but this interval allows us to see four supercontinent of the ancient Earth - Pannotia, Gondwana, Lawrence and Pangea. When you open the map, the clock is automatically set to 240 million years ago - the middle of the Triassic period, in which most of the land was occupied by the last historical supercontinent Pangea. Life on the planet was recovering after the monstrous Permian extinction that occurred 10-12 million years earlier. This was the heyday of dinosaurs and mammals.
Enter the name of any city on Earth in the box in the upper left corner of the window and see what happened to it over many hundreds of millions of years. It is an indescribably funny feeling to find out that your home was once resting at the bottom of an ancient ocean or was in the very center of a giant superbolot.