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Dracontes
01-30-2009, 05:26 AM
I'm surprised no one has posted Ron Blakey's excellent palaeogeographical maps yet:

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~rcb7/RCB.html (scroll a bit)
A point of interest is what could be construed as a tutorial on plate tectonics:
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~rcb7/hypo_orogeny.html

I guess the next link is a bit of the "my peanut butter on your chocolate" thing. I'm not sure one's allowed to post links to other forums but I find Celestia's Textures subforum (http://www.shatters.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=5&sid=5ee9c003513df6dedd291d581c0e4821) a treasure trove of tips for people who would like to do realistic maps or impart some realism to their stylized maps.

Steel General
01-30-2009, 07:16 AM
Interesting, thanks for posting. *bonk*

ravells
01-30-2009, 04:08 PM
Great finds, Dracontes...I'd come across the Celestia forum before (perhaps we ought to have some sort of permalink to their site?) but not the Ron Blakey stuff.

Bonked again!

Greason Wolfe
01-30-2009, 05:36 PM
Great find on the tectonics "tutorial." That's sure to help anyone approaching world design from that angle.

GW

Ascension
01-30-2009, 05:45 PM
Yeah, that slide show alone was worth the price of admission.

Dracontes
02-02-2009, 05:06 AM
No problem! I always like to share this stuff. I guess no one objects to me using this thread to post more of my finds.

First for the astronomy/physics buffs out there you have here a repository of pertinent scientific papers:

http://arxiv.org/

A find I made trough the Celestia forum in this archive is a paper on the stability of planetary orbits in binary stellar systems.
http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9809315
Applying this to single star systems (as I fail to see the difference in abstract terms) I arrived independently to the conclusion shown in a paper posted here that multiple large moons around Earth would be nigh impossible what with other constraints such as Hill spheres and synchronous rotation limits.

Speaking of scientific paper repositories you can also find interesting stuff in PLoS-one (http://www.plosone.org/).

Keeping in theme with the post's title here is the current tectonic plates digital model:

http://peterbird.name/publications/2003_PB2002/2003_PB2002.htm