On Tuesday, April 1, 2008, Google added an April Fools Joke into Google Earth. Basically, when you zoomed out from Google Earth, the continents merged into Pangea – the theoretical merging of the continents into one giant continent hundreds of millions of years ago. As far as I know, very few people got to see this feature in Google Earth while it was live on Tuesday. I posted about it late in the day with a screenshot. Fortunately, I managed to capture a short video clip of it in action. If you didn’t see it, here’s what it looked like:
(Click here for higher quality version)
By the way, for a full animation showing the merging of the continents on Google Earth, check out this cool paleogeographic time animation by Valery Hronusov.