Paleo orientation

From Global Warming Art

Paleo orientation refers to the practice of plotting the time axis of a figure in right-to-left orientation so that the oldest data, that appearing on the right hand side, is emphasized. In English (and other languages with a left-to-right orientation), the normal orientation is to have time also flow from left-to-right, so that the most recent portion of a record appears at the right hand side. Reversing this serves to psychologically emphasize the significance of going back in time and understanding the most ancient data.

It is common for research in geology, paleoclimatology, paleontology and related fields to use a paleo orientation when millions of years are to be displayed on a single figure.

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