Regional Paleogeography

Please Note

As of February 2011, the maps on this page will no longer be updated; please visit

  • Colorado Plateau Geosystems Website

    to access all of the maps in this series as well as new and revised maps.


    Use of Maps

    The paleogeographic maps on this website are intended solely for personal use and use by educators in the classroom. The maps may not be sold or redistributed or used for any purpose in which there is a charge or fee to use the maps. To use for any other purpose including scholarly publications, displays, kiosks, etc., please visit Colorado Plateau Geosystems Website

    This presentation uses a series of paleogeographic and plate-tectonic reconstructions to show the broad patterns of Phanerozoic Earth history. Subject matter ranges from the scale of continents, to parts of continents, to orogens. Organization for each region is in geologic order from oldest to youngest.

    North American Paleogeography

    40 images track the geologic evolution of North America.

    Paleogeography of Colorado Plateau Region

    Detailed paleogeography of Colorado Plateau, Southern Rocky Mountains, and portions of Basin and Range.

    Paleogeographic evolution of SW North America

    Basins, uplifts, tectonic evolution, and paleogeography of greater Ancestral Rocky Mountains.

    Mesozoic Paleogeography and Terrane Accretion

    Controversial assembly of Western North America during Mesozoic.

    Tertiary Paleogeography, Central Arizona

    Tectonism, volcanism, sedimentation, and paleogeography of the Mogollon Rim and adjacent central Arizona.

    Old-School Regional Maps

    Older, lower-resolution maps of Europe, Asia, North Atlantic, and global spheres. Many of these maps will be replaced by new maps in the future.