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This animation is one result of a determined effort to use new information to better constrain the history of continental dispersal and create a more accurate geological map of reassembled Gondwana. All the continental movements are shown relative to a number of hotspots, the position of which is held fixed with respect to the earth's rotation axis. This gives results that agree overall with paleomagnetic and paleoclimatic information for the period. The site also provides a slide show presentation about historical events that formed the Indian Ocean.
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Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, Middle (6-8), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12) Topics: Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Solid Earth:Structural Geology, Time/Earth History
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