PaleoEarth brings together a number of disparate data sets and provides a unique window into Earth's dynamic history. It is the first App on the Appstore to show the birth and burial place of tectonic plates through time.



  • Shows the motion of continental plates, subduction zones (where oceanic crust sinks into the Earth's mantle) and mid-ocean ridges (where new oceanic crust is created) over the last 400 million years.
  • Shows sites of major asteroid impacts, tracing them from their original location at the time of impact to their current location, having been transported by the motion of tectonic plates.
  • Shows how Earth's temperature and atmospheric co2 concentration compare to present-day values, over the last 400 million years.
  • Traces the borders of a given country back in time -- over the last 400 million years -- and shows how a number of large countries, e.g. the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China have resulted from the agglomeration of smaller continental plates.


Classroom Ideas

Keep an eye out in this space for ideas on how to use this App in the classroom.