Saturday, October 9, 2010

Spiral of Time

Look at this awesome time spiral of earth's history created by the US Geologic Service.

Here's a click through of a much larger version of the image.

I do wonder if the artists who created this were inspired by the helicoid geochronograph in James Gurney's Dinotopia books.  In those books, the inhabitants believed that time was neither linear nor circular, but a combination of the two: a spiral.  As such, they built a large spiral clock, as well as smaller hand held timepieces, called helicoid geochrongraphs.  Artistic coincidence?

Take a look at the pages in question from Dinotopia: a Land Apart from Time below and make the judgment yourself.

Page 68, Dinotopia: ALAFT
Page 69, Dinotopia: ALAFT


  1. i never read the dinotopia books but i sure loved the movie when i was a kid

  2. That picture is amazing! Although quite confusing even if it is artistic.

    Thanks for the tip on the Cathedral btw, I added it to my blog and credited you :)

  3. I like how the spiral is empty for the most part and explodes at the end.

  4. Ooh wow! I like that, I've always liked dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures


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