New site looks into the Earth’s watery, icy past

A recent post on the Mental Floss blog— read it if you aren’t already– about how Australia was first populated links to a fascinating new interactive website developed by Australia’s Monash University. The site shows the variations in the Earth’s sea level over the last 100,000 years, and allows you to adjust the timeline manually to discover how Earth’s coastlines have waxed and waned over the last thousand centuries.

The tool also allows you to see just how much of North America and Northern Europe were covered by ice (hint: it was a lot) as recently as 10,000 years ago. Well, not that recently. Also be sure to zoom in on Australia and adjust the timeline to see how it might have first been populated.

A great time-waster (as if the internet needed another one) but can it predict when my land-locked city of St. Louis, Missouri, will finally be oceanside?