• Question: Do you think that all the countries/continents were connected and called pangea?

    Asked by potatochild to David, Thiloka, Shonna, Shobhana, Ryan, Ross, Rebecca, Rachel, Patrick, Nina, MattyB, Matthew, Marianne, Lorena, Kate, Kaitlin, James, Ettie, Emmanuelle, Deepak, Anabel, Ambre, Alex, AlexAgrotis, Aina on 12 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Rachel Hardy

      Rachel Hardy answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Pangaea is a super continent that is thought to have existed many million years ago in ancient times (around 335 million years ago). Scientists have found a fair bit of evidence to support its existence. For example, fossils of the same/similar species have been found in countries on different continents (like India and Antarctica). This suggests that all continents were joined at one time. Glacier pieces of the same age and composition have also been found on different continents. This also provides evidence to suggest they were all joined in the past.

    • Photo: Kaitlin Wade

      Kaitlin Wade answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Yes.

    • Photo: Deepak Chandrasekharan

      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Yep!

      If we could go back in time to look that would be 100% proof but there is a lot of evidence that this was the case.

      This explains it nicely but basically the evidence is that

      https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/Plate-Tectonics/Chap1-Pioneers-of-Plate-Tectonics/Alfred-Wegener/Jigsaw-Fit

      i) the continentals all sort of fit together like a jigsaw puzzle
      ii) the rock types in different continents that fit next to each other in this jigsaw are similar
      iii) the same is true for mountain ranges on different continents that fit next to each other in this jigsaw and they fit to form one big range
      iv) Rachel’s fact about glacier bits is also true and the flow of the ice seems to fit with it all coming from one central point in what would have been pangaea
      v) fossils are found on different continents but not everywhere. either the creatures swam super far or identical creatures evolved separately on two different continents (which doesn’t fit with Darwin’s evolution!)

    • Photo: Matthew Bareford

      Matthew Bareford answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Based on all the research and evidence put forward about this, yes I do think that they were all connected. It is called Pangea because the word means ‘Whole Earth’.

    • Photo: Rebecca Moon

      Rebecca Moon answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Yes I think it was, but I’m no expert on it!

    • Photo: Nina Rzechorzek

      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Yes, I think there is pretty convincing evidence of this, as others have referred to. Plate tectonics is the reason why much of Scotland looks very much like parts of Canada – super cool! I wonder (if it’s still around) what the Earth’s crust will look like in another 300 million years?

    • Photo: Alex Blenkinsop

      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Yes! If you look at the eastern coastlines of North/South America you can see how they match up with the western coastline of Africa!

    • Photo: David Wilson

      David Wilson answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Yes, it’s cool to see how the continental plates and land masses once fitted together like a big jigsaw.

    • Photo: Marianne King

      Marianne King answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      I do! Imagine what the world would be like if we’d never moved and we all lived on one giant island. Would we get along better or would we still manage to fight all the time?

    • Photo: Kate Timms

      Kate Timms answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      Yep! The data we have on it certainly suggests so. I bet there were probably some smaller land masses though, little islands that have disappeared now.

Comments