Monday, June 1, 2009

Personal Pangea

I've just added this picture of Pangea to the planet viewer on

The picture is my drawing mostly based on a version of Pangea shown in May 2009 issue of Astronomy (which in turn was based on a map shown here: I have no qualms about borrowing from Astronomy, as the same issue has a diagram of JPL's Madrid 70-meter radio telescope that was modelled off of one of my illustrations. So borrowing is not an issue, but accuracy is. In my drawing I'm trying to stretch the map into a 2x1 ratio that my planet viewer turns into a globe and animates its rotation:

You can click and drag the image to view any angle of the globe. For example, here's a view of the southern pole:

But I've never seen a map of Pangea Earth's southern pole, so I have no idea how accurate this is, and I welcome any references and corrections to this or any part of the drawing. I'll share the result too.
Though it would be careless to assume, I feel I probably have the ocean view of Earth at the time of Pangea fairly correct:


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