280 Million Years Ago: Permian Paleo-sattelite View of Colorado

Uploaded: Nov. 6, 2015, 10:40 a.m. | Modified: May 31, 2019, 1:36 a.m. | Albums: Paleo-Satellite Views
280 million years ago, during the Permian, Colorado sat in the middle of a vast desert. The Ancestral Rocky Mountains formed highlands, and the low-lying areas were filled with fields of sand dunes. In the Front Range area, these dunes became the Lyons Formation.

This animation is part of a series of "paleo-satellite" views that show what Colorado might have looked like if satellite imagery was available millions of years ago.

Geologic age: 280Ma