paleogeography


pa·leo·ge·og·ra·phy

noun \ˌpā-lē-ō-jē-ˈä-grə-fē, especially British ˌpa-\

Definition of PALEOGEOGRAPHY

:  the geography of ancient times or of a particular past geological epoch
pa·leo·geo·graph·ic \-ˌjē-ə-ˈgra-fik\ or pa·leo·geo·graph·i·cal \-fi-kəl\ adjective
pa·leo·geo·graph·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of PALEOGEOGRAPHY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1881

paleogeography

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Geography of selected portions of the Earth's surface at specific times in the geologic past. The simplest kind of paleogeography is a map showing the locations of ancient lands and seas, but paleogeographic maps may also show the occurrence and distribution of fossil, plant, and animal communities; environments of sedimentation (e.g., deltas, reefs, deserts, or deep-sea basins); areas undergoing uplift and erosion or subsidence and deposition; and major climatic zones.

Variants of PALEOGEOGRAPHY

paleogeography or palaeogeography

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