Colorado and its place in Global Tectonics: Cambrian to Present

Uploaded: Jan. 13, 2014, 2:34 p.m. | Modified: June 23, 2019, 5:35 a.m. | Albums: Finished Projects
This video demonstrates the movement of the global plates from the Cambrian (540 million years ago) to the Present. The state of Colorado is outlined in white. The video demonstrates three concepts: (1) the movement of geologic plates through time; (2) how Colorado has moved from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere throughout time, and (3) how Colorado has been repeatedly below and above sea level during its geologic history.

Plate tectonic model and original animation provided by Christopher Scotese and PALEOMAP project (, with additional animation by James Adson.

Interactive Geology Project, University of Colorado-Boulder.