Plate Tectonic Forecasts


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Plate Tectonic Forecasts

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May 10, 2007, 4:20pm

I'm doing independent research concerning plate tectonic forecasts.

I've googled my fingers off, but most of the sources that I've hit only delve into paleogeography.

Does anyone know of, or recommend a site/source, that offers simulations of future land and sea distribution?

May 11, 2007, 10:45am

If you go to Chris Scotese's web site, he has future plate tectonic configurations with the oceans drawn in. His site is and from there click on the "Earth History" and "Animations" links. Hope that helps.

May 11, 2007, 11:16am

That's an amazing site. Thanks for posting the link!

May 11, 2007, 11:44am

#2--> Thank you so much naheim. I had actually already studied I was there right before I posted this! hehehehe :)

#3--> I played around with the maps for hours yesterday!

I would love to find world maps, such as the ones found in his "animations" page.... but I need them to be printable.

The only maps that I could print out from his site, were the ones from +50 Myfn (million years from now. Yep, I just made it up) and, of course the famous +250 Myfn map. I need one that projects the Earth's topography at about... umm say... +200? Prior to the formation of Pangea Ultima?

Any thoughts?

May 14, 2007, 2:27pm

I don't have any more suggestions. Putting together future paleogeographic maps is a very speculative business and I suspect to get +200 Myfn map you will have to make your own by interpolating between the existing ones. Getting topography is even more speculative. I think general features should be "easy" enough by assuming that many current mountain ranges will have eroded substantially and that new ranges will form at convergent plate margins. However, this too is not necessicarially going to produce the "right" answer. The Rocky Mountains, which a are located in the center of a continent away from plate boundaries, were formed from complex (i.e., unpredictable) plate interactions. What exactly are you doing research for? It sounds interesting.

May 14, 2007, 4:29pm

*blushes* Well its a little silly, really. Hehehehe.

You are absolutely right, of course! I know that there's no exact way of predicting anything that far into the future. There are just too many variable to take into consideration. I just wondered if anyone had taken a stab at making predictions other than, the oh-so-brave, Chris Scotese.

Well, I figured it was worth a try posting here. All the brains in LT put together must be a force to be reckoned with!

Thanks for all your help, Naheim!