For kids and adults alike, it can be hard to grasp just how old the earth is and how it’s changed over millions upon millions of years. But an interactive 3D map, called Ancient Earth Globe, is giving people a free glimpse into the past.
Not only does the map show how land masses have changed over time, but you can literally search to see what dinosaurs used to live in your part of the world!
Ancient Earth Globe — created by Ian Webster, a paleontologist, using Experiments with Google — is a super cool and easy to use online tool. Start by searching for your location using the “City Name” box. After you select your city, the tool will drop a red pin onto the map. Then change what “time” it is by selecting from the drop-down menu.
You can view what the earth looked like anywhere from 750 million years ago to 20 million years ago. Watch as plate tectonics move your “town” over millions of years (as long as its not under water). It’s a great way of using visuals to teach your kids about plate tectonics — which is what our homeschool curriculum schedule includes in the next couple weeks.
But what I know you really want to know: did dinosaurs roam where I live now? When you search your city, if fossils were ever found in your area, they’ll show up under your city name. Click the name of the dino fossils, and you’ll be taken to a new page jam packed with all sorts of fun info about the dino, including where else the fossils were found, what the dino ate, when it lived, and oh so much more.
Whether your kids want to learn more about earth and how it’s changed over time, or they’re super into dinosaurs like my kids are, Ancient Earth Globe is such an awesome educational tool.
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