ODSN Plate Tectonic Reconstruction Service

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This is the Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network plate tectonic reconstruction service. In this section you can calculate plate tectonic reconstructions of any age back to 150 million years ago (or into the future!). Coordinates, such as age to be reconstructed, geographical boundaries, annotation interval, and gridline are entered by the site user, and a map is subsequently constructed. There is a reference section for information on how these maps are calculated and what data are used. An animation (330 kb) using 5 million year time steps is available too. If you are familiar with the features of this reconstruction system, there is also an Advanced Mapping System. There you can enter your own locations and plot them into paleogeographic maps. For users unfamiliar with geologic time, there is also a link to an on-line representation of a geological timescale. Links are also included to: a message board in which questions and comments can be posted, a tool to search the site, services offered by the Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network, and information on the Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network.

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