Plate Tectonic History of the South Pacific Ocean,
draft animation

This movie shows the plate tectonic evolution of the South Pacific Ocean from 80 million years ago to the present. It was made for the "Backbone of the Americas" Conference in Mendoza, Argentina, in 2006.

This is a first draft movie, made from images widely spaced in time.

To view this movie, click on the images.

Download: South Pacific Plate Tectonic Movie (13 MB)

This movie was created by Tanya Atwater in Photoshop, Morph and FinalCut Templates for the images were downloaded from O.D.S.N. Plate Tectonic Reconstruction Service at

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