In today’s world, we know the world is split up into several continents, but have you ever heard of Pangea? Pangea is a historical term used to define how the world looked like before it broke apart into these continents. In today’s OnlyQuestion article, we take a look at what Pangea is – and how it broke apart so many years ago.
What is Pangea?
Pangea (which can also be named Pangaea) is a historical term for the supercontinent that housed the vast majority of the land mass of the world. Believed to have existed back in the late Paleozoic times, approx. 335 million years ago.
Around 200 million years ago, Pangea began to split apart, due to disturbances in the land. This is believed to be earthquakes and tectonic plate movement. Since then, the continents we know today have drifted apart from the initial This supercontinent and formed what we know as Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.
What is the difference between Pangea and Rodina?
As we’ve discussed – Pangea is the super-continent landmass that existed approx. 335 million years ago during the late Paleozoic era. Rodina on the other hand is a Russian term for “Motherland Birthplace”. This was a Neoproterozoic supercontinent approx. 750 million years ago, where life on planet earth was developing multicellular life.
What does Pangea mean?
Although we know Pangea is the collection of the all-land mass on earth (or at least most of it) – the actual world of “Pangea” is derived from the Greek “Pangaia”, which means “All of Earth”. If you know Greek, you could possibly guess what this means if you’re looking into the history of the earth.
The man behind the theory was also named “Pangaea Wegener” – which would give a general overview of why this is called Pangaea/Pangea.
What is the theory behind this supercontinent?
The theory behind Pangea is quite a long one, and is highly disputed around the world based on different sciences. For the most part – the largest circulated and most reliable is the study around the continental drift.
Once the supercontinent had broken apart ever so slightly, continental drift would’ve started (inadvertently) moving the land masses away from each other. Pangaea Wegener was convinced that all of the world’s continents were part of this super-continent
This study continued for many years, but it’s believed that once separated, each continent went its own way based on the day/night cycles of the earth. For a full explanation of this theory, we can’t suggest reading the National Geography article on Continental Drift highly enough – as this covers everything you might need to know about Continental drift.
Technically, in several million more years – we should expect to see another super-continent where several continents collide – but will humans still be on the planet? – Who knows, we may even develop enough technology to aid in the safe reconstruction of supercontinents, we can never know.
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