What is Pangaea?


About 250 million years ago just before the days of the dinosaurs, the Earth’s seven continents were all grouped together into a supercontinent called Pangaea before breaking up into present-day continents. The intense heat in the Earth’s core causes molten rocks which eventually move the tectonic plates very slowly. They move at only 1.3 to 10 centimetres per year! This may not seem like much, but over millions of years it adds up to great distances of movement. The plates move around and can cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Continental Drift Theory states that the continents have moved and are still moving today. Scientists predict that the Atlantic Ocean will be much larger 50 million years from now and the Pacific Ocean will be much smaller due to such movements. What do you think the world will look like in 50 or 100 million years?