TOOLS: Get the Drift

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Science  25 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5790, pp. 1023
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5790.1023a

Animations and diagrams can provide a rough guide to continental movements over time. But for a more precise picture, head for the Plate Tectonic Reconstruction Service from the Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network, a consortium sponsored by two German universities. The calculator determines continental locations at any time in the last 150 million years. The basic mapper plots plate positions at a specific time, and the advanced mapper lets you enter the coordinates of a modern site and find its location at different points in the past. Forwardthinking users can even project future plate movements.

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