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.
• Extensive bibliography • First attempt to define paleocoastlines in this detail in such a coherent manner • Over 200 primary paleographic references
1. Introduction; 2. Global reconstructions; 3. Biostratigraphic, time and magnetic polarity scales; 4. Plotting paleogeographic data; 5. Changes in land area through time; 6. References; 7. Paleocoastline maps; 8. Bibliography.
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