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> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Andrew McDonald
> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:37 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Paleogeography
> I read "Walking With Dinosaurs" in its entirety for the first time
> today, and I did not recognize several place names, such as Eromanga Sea,
> Borborema, and Mogollon Highlands. The bibliography lists the "Atlas of
> Mesozoic and Cenozoic Coastlines" as a source. Are all these geographic
> names found in this work?
No. The Atlas shows coastlines, but does not label fine-scale geographic
> If not, is there an authoritative source for
> paleogeographic localities and names?
No, there isn't. There is simply WAY too much paleogeography out there!!
(Imagine a really complete atlas of the world, and then having that same
volume for every 1 million year slice...).
But, for these particular ones:
* The Eromanga Sea would have been the epeiric (shallow continental) sea
that occupied the present Eromanga Basin in southern Australia
* Borborema is in present Brazil
* the Mogollon Highlands are in the southwestern U.S. (Heck, they are even
labelled in the book!).
Incidentally, for people interested in regional (rather than globabl)
paleogeography, I can recommend no better site than:
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~rcb7/globaltext.html (Dr. Ron Blakey's site at
Northern Arizona Univ.)
In particular, if you are interested in the American Southwest, check out:
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~rcb7/paleogeogwus.html (this even includes multiple
interepretations of the same time slices).
> Thanks very much.
Hope this helps,
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax (Geol): 301-314-9661 Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-405-0796