Surfing the big activity
in Osoyoos 170 million years ago?


Here’s a thought — how about trading in that lake-front property for an ocean view instead?

If you had bought your Osoyoos home 170 million years ago, your beachfront would have been Pacific, according to a 3D model of our planet available on

The interactive visualization provides a glimpse of our changing Earth as it moves through various geologic periods of the Earth.

It also provides a cool feature — hence the interactive moniker — that allows you to pinpoint a location and watch how its location changes as time flies.

170 million years ago

Step back in to the Jurassic Period and Osoyoos is located roughly where Seattle is located now. Flooding would be the least of our problems. Every school child Knows dinosaurs thrived during the Jurassic period and the first mammals and birds evolved.

Ocean life was diversifying and the Earth was very warm.

This visualization, created and maintained by Ian Webster — a lead engineer at Zenysis Technologies (which purports to “build the software that governments and international organizations need to confront some of the biggest challenges facing humanity) — allows users to cycle through 750 million years of the planet’s evolution.

400 million years ago

Travel back 400 million years and Osoyoos — as well as most of Western Canada and the United States — is underwater.

It’s not until about 66 million years ago that we move inland — or more exactly were pushed upward out of the water. During this Late Cretaceous period, a mass extinction occurred, “leading to the extinction of dinosaurs, many marine reptiles, all flying reptiles, and many marine invertebrates and other species.”

90 million years ago

Scientists believe this extinction event was caused by an asteroid impact on the present-day Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. (The Mount St. Helens eruption 38 years ago pales in comparison).

Humanoid life on the planet is believed to have arrived about 20 million years ago when Osoyoos was pretty much situated where it is now.

That got us to wondering if our ancient forefathers didn’t make a day of it to hike to the top of Anarchist for a great view of the valley — and also to wonder about where to build a bridge to cross Osoyoos Lake.

By the way, the 3D modelling does come with a disclaimer: “Some elements of this visualization are not adjusted for time (eg. cloud and star positions),” it reads.

Apparently the team that put the model together are collectively quite bright, but they’re not rocket scientists.



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