Global Paleogeographic Time Animation

Paleogeographic Time Animation (continents) in Google EarthAn excellent example of the new time animation feature in Google Earth 4 has been created which illustrates the history of Earth’s continents from the pre-Cambrian period to the present (the last 600 million years). The animation was created by Google Earth Community member Valery Hronusov who is a GIS scientist living in Perm, Russia. Load the global palegeographic animation , and turn on the network link which will appear in your Temporary Places. Double click on the folder to get a global view (or just zoom out to space). The time slider gadget will appear (you must be using Google Earth 4 version 4.0.2080 or greater) in the upper portion of your screen. Slide the gadget back and forth (the first time you do this it may pause to load the different versions of the earth’s continents). You can select the “play” button (a triangular button like the one on a TV remote) to the right of the time gadget to play a loop of the animation. Great work Valery!
See other things Valery has developed which have been written about at GEB.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Neato! If only National Geographic would do something like this with all their material.

  2. That is great! One issue… my time scale starts with 31 Dec 1999. Any ideas?
    Thank you Valery!

  3. JaimeBayes says:

    I have the same issue as before user. How can I see the complete time range?

  4. Valery, you are the best!!! Thanks a lot.

  5. It does not work. I cant open it!
    I need help!

  6. trey Meckel says:

    I am a gelogist and I *love* this feature!
    Velery, Is there any way to increase the resolution of the images? They’re absolutely sensational to illustrate all sorts of cool things!
    If he’s trawling through such sites, I’d like to ask Dr Blakey if he’d consider releasing higher resolution versions so that the general public can improve these global images? If not, Dr. Blakey’s higher res images of North America would be worth adding to the code!

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