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Atlas of Mesozoic and Cenozoic coastlines /
Alan G. Smith, David G. Smith, and Brian M. Funnell.
imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, [1994]
description
1 atlas (ix, 99 p. : 31 maps ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0521451558
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Atlas
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imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, [1994]
cartographic mathematical data
Scale not given.
isbn
0521451558
catalogue key
303545
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 55-99).
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-11:
The surface of the earth is now accepted to be mobile: the "tectonic plates" carry continents or blocks of ocean floor, having moved slowly with respect to one another over at least the past billion years. This work updates and complements previous atlases compiled by the senior author and his colleagues, albeit restricted here to the past 250 million years of earth history. Several introductory chapters survey methodology, time scales, and the changing amount of land area through the time studied. The heart of this brief volume is a series of 31 world maps displaying continental coastlines between five and 245 million years ago. The maps are separated by intervals of two to 18 (averaging eight) million years, roughly corresponding to internationally recognized stages. In addition to paleocoastlines, the maps seem to include portions of the modern continents for comparison, using differing hatching patterns for land areas and orogenic belts; the descriptive text is quite incomplete, so that exactly what is being shown is not always clear. A 45-page bibliography lists all sources used, but no references are actually provided for each map, except in one example. It appears that this work was really not ready for publication; however, it will be of great use in specialized collections. Graduate; faculty. E. Delson; CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College
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' ... cheap enough to justify its purchase by any research worker with an interest in the changing geography of our globe.'Geoscientist
‘ … cheap enough to justify its purchase by any research worker with an interest in the changing geography of our globe.’Geoscientist
' ... cheap enough to justify its purchase by any research worker with an interest in the changing geography of our globe.' Geoscientist
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Summaries
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This atlas presents the inferred positions of global paleoshorelines through the 240 million years of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. Thirty-one maps, generally corresponding to stratigraphic stages, provide a snapshot of the continents and their shorelines at approximately 8 million year intervals. The maps are a representation of the gross changes in the distribution of land and sea throughout the Mesozoic and Cenozoic plotted on Mollweide projections of paleocontinental reconstruction. They do not distinguish between well and poorly defined shorelines, but the information sources are set out in a bibliography numbering more that 2000 primary paleographic references. Work up to 1980 was used in the initial compilation, and the final maps use additional unreferenced and unpublished data up to about 1987.
Main Description
The inferred positions of global paleoshorelines through the 240 million years of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic are presented within this atlas. Thirty-one maps, generally corresponding to stratigraphic stages, provide a snapshot of the continents and their shorelines at approximately 8 million year intervals. The maps provide a representation of the gross changes in the distribution of land and sea throughout the Mesozoic and Cenozoic plotted on Mollweide projections of paleocontinental reconstruction. They do not distinguish between well and poorly defined shorelines, but the information sources are set out in a bibliography numbering more than 2000 primary paleographic references. This is a global compilation that presents the first attempt at delineating global shorelines at stage level, and which represents many years of work sponsored by British Petroleum International (BPI), and work by BPI themselves between 1981 and 1987.
Description for Library
The inferred positions of global paleoshorelines through the 240 million years of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic are presented within this atlas. Thirty-one maps, generally corresponding to stratigraphic stages, provide a snapshot of the continents and their shorelines at approximately 8 million year intervals. This is a unique global compilation that presents the first attempt at delineating global shorelines at stage level. The information sources are set out in a bibliography numbering more than 2000 primary paleographic references.
Description for Bookstore
The positions of global paleoshorelines through the Mesozoic and Cenozoic are presented within this atlas. This is a unique global compilation that presents the first attempt at delineating global shorelines at stage level. The information sources are set out in a bibliography numbering more than 2000 primary paleographic references.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Global reconstructions
Biostratigraphic, time and magnetic polarity scales
Plotting paleogeographic data
Changes in land area through time
References
Paleocoastline maps
Bibliography
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