India docking with Asia. Computer artwork showing the changing position of India from 71 million years ago to the present day as it moved northwards and merged with the Asian landmass. This shows that up until around 10 million years ago India was an island. The Earth's crust is formed from a number of different tectonic plates of rock that 'float' on an underlying layer of molten rock known as the mantle. This means that the World's landmasses are continually moving, a process known as plate tectonics. A key to the timescale can be seen at bottom right.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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