One of the premiere
sites with information on Earth's geologic and climate history
is Christopher Scotese's Paleomap
Project which includes atlases, animations and a variety of
time slices of Earth's history. While not all geologists would
necessarily agree with the details of Scotese's maps, the resource
provides an overview of how Earth has change....and will continue
to change in the future.
Another related effort is the Paleogeographic
Atlas Project at the University of Chicago.
For a background on
the history of the universe, check out the Tufts University Cosmic
Evolution website which goes "from Big Bang to Humankind"
and was developed at the Wright Science Education Center. The
director of the project, Eric J. Chaisson, has also written a
book entitled Cosmic
The Rise of Complexity in Nature.
PBS has a The
Mysteries of Deep Space Timeline site that goes "From
the Big Bang to the End of the Universe" and includes classroom
activities and trivia challenges.
And author Eric Schulman
has come up with The History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less which has been translated
into more than thirty languages.
Image from Hubble Telescope,