Collaborative Workshop: An Internet Resource for Integrating Plate Tectonic and Paleogeographic Mapping with On-line Earth Science Databases

07/19/2011 - 07/21/2011

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum,  Chicago, IL, USA

This workshop discussed the creation of a dynamic internet resource that integrates paleogeographic mapping with online earth science databases. Such a comprehensive description of the plate tectonic, paleogeographic, paleoclimatic, and paleobiological development of the Earth is a fundamental requirement of any attempt to understand the evolution of earth systems and would be widely used by earth science educators at all levels and earth science researchers of nearly every persuasion. Workshop participants represented an extremely broad cross-section of the earth science community, including major professional organizations and stakeholders from academia and industry.

Hosted by Chris Scotese (PALEOMAP), Scott Lidgard (FMNH), Brad Sageman (Northwestern), and Melanie Hopkins (FMNH), Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Different paleogeographic map projections of the Earth for the Oligocene (Scotese, C.R., 2011, The PALEOMAP Project PaleoAtlas for ArcGIS, Paleogeographic and Plate Tectonic Reconstructions in six volumes: Volume 1, Cenozoic, PALEOMAP Project, Arlington, Texas.)

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