Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway

Online Biology Dictionary

macroevolution logo
Google+ Profile
Map showing the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway
Map of North America during the Cretaceous

Next page >>

Biology Dictionary >>

Famous Biologists >>

The Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway (/krə-TAY-shəs/) was a sea that divided the eastern and western portions of North America for about 60 million years (130-70 mya). Also known as the Cretaceous Seaway, the Niobraran Sea, and the North American Inland Sea, it stretched from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, and at its widest, in the Middle Cretaceous, it extended from present-day Utah to the Appalachian Mountains. For this reason, marine fossils are common in the Great Plains of North America (it was in this region that many of the mosasaurs, tremendous whalelike animals of the Cretaceous) were first discovered.

Most shared on

Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway - ©