Plate Tectonic Evolution of the North Atlantic: Scotese Animation

Christopher Scotese
Published on Jan 8, 2016

This animation shows the plate tectonic and paleogeographic evolution of the North Atlantic region from 200 million years ago to the present-day. North Atlantic Ocean formed as a result of the breakup of the supercontinent of Pangea. The Central Atlantic opened as North America rifted away from northwest Africa (170 Ma). About 150 million years ago, South America rifted away from North America opening the Gulf of Mexico. About 80 million years ago the northern North Atlantic, between Europe and North America opened. Please cite this animations as: Scotese, C.R., and Scotese, J.D., 2006. Plate Tectonic Evolution of North Atlantic PALEOMAP Project, Evanston, IL

Prof. Christopher R. Scotese Director, PALEOMAP Project 134 Dodge, Evanston Illinois 60202 817 914 7090 (cell) For more information about the research, publications, and animations of C.R. Scotese, see the links below:

Download complimentary copies (pdfs) of Scotese publications, visit:…
View Scotese animations at:
View interview of Professor Scotese:…
for more information about the PALEOMAP Project…

or APPS: Free app – EarthViewer (Apple/Android) showing plate tectonic and paleogeographic evolution through time:…

Also check out these apps for the iPhone & iPad: Cover Art Ancient Earth: Breakup of Pangea Thomas L. Moore Category: Education Updated: Mar 19, 2012 ALSO Ancient Earth Assembly of Pangea (200 Ma – 540 Ma)…

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