PaleoEarth 4+

Explore Earth in Deep Time

Raquibul Hassan

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings
    • $1.99



Only App on Appstore that traces, over 400 million years, the following:

1. Birth and burial place of tectonic plates
2. Temperature and CO2
3. Asteroid impact zones

Earth is a dynamic planet. If anything has been constant throughout Earth history, it is its relentless state of flux -- from the ceaseless motion of tectonic plates to the ever-changing climate that eventually led to the birth of life itself to the steady bombardment of asteroids, some of which led to large-scale extinction events. PaleoEarth brings together a number of disparate data sets and provides a unique window into Earth's dynamic history. Key features include:

* 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.

What’s New

Version 1.1

* Improved UI
* More fluid 3D controls

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

KellyK376 ,

Very useful, but could use some adjustments.

Very useful, but could use some adjustments.

• App crashes when I try to pull up “general” information.

• I would like to save my settings rather than having to turn on all of the features on launch every time.

• An option to set a particular perspective on launch would be very useful. For example,(1) open up to a specific continent each time, (2) open to my last viewed settings, or (3) clear to default view each launch.

• Could benefit from a landscape mode, since I’m usually using it in tandem with other apps, but this is less serious.

• I would love to be able to follow cities or major landmarks rather than just countries.

• Places like Iceland only arose 25-20 mya and would not have moved coordinates much since then, because it resulted from volcanoes over the mid-Atlantic ridge. Perhaps instead of following around an irrelevant land mass like Greenland, you could change the indicator and just have it be stationary until the first land arrives, then follow that around. It would at least be more accurate since I’m fairly sure Greenland had nothing to do with the formation of Iceland.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your valuable suggestions, Kelly! We will endeavour to incorporate the useful features you suggested at the earliest. The Iceland plume actually erupted ~60 million years ago, beneath Greenland.

Magazinefan ,

Finally understand Gondwana

Afyer 2 years enjoying this, I really enjoy it This is a very well done app. Not just for teachers and school kids. It is intuitive and allows you to view the earth ( rotating the globe) while simultaneously changing the epoch.
This should be more expensive. Buy it while it is still a bargain

Developer Response ,

Hi Magazinefan,

Thank you for your kind review. Could you please elaborate on the glitch re: the name labels not lining up?

Best regards

SF Presidio ,

Earth In Motion

This is one of the best demonstrations of the dynamic history of the Earth. It is great for scholars from 4-104. Plate Tectonics is illustrated across the span of our planet’s lifetime to the present. Even young geologists who are just learning to read will be entranced by the dance of the plates. This app is well worth the investment.

App Privacy

The developer, Raquibul Hassan, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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