Palaeogeography (sometimes spelled paleogeography) is the study of what the
geographywas in times past. It is most often used about the physical landscape, although nothing excludes that the word also be used about the human or cultural environment. If the topic is landforms it could also be called paleogeomorphology.
petroleum geologythe term paleogeographic analysis is used for the detailed study of sedimentary basins, since the ancient geomorphologicalenvironments of the Earth's surface is preserved in the stratigraphic record. Paleogeographers also study the sedimentary environment associated with fossilsto aid in the understanding of evolutionary development of extinct species. The reconstructions of prehistoric continents and oceans depends on paleogeographic evidence. Thus paleogeography provided critical evidence for the development of continental driftand current plate tectonic theories. For example, knowledge of the shape and latitudinal location of supercontinents such as Pangaeaand ancient oceans such as Panthalassaresult from paleogeographic studies.
Plate tectonics: Behavior of plates covering the surface of the Earth.
Paleontology: Study of ancient life, often involving fossils and pollen ( palynology).
Paleoclimatology: Study of ancient climates.
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