Pangea? Yes, An Amazing Contemporary Geopolitical Map of Pangea

How would Pangea look like with the contemporary geopolitical borders?

Well, this supercontinent that formed roughly 300 million years ago looks pretty wild with our actual boarders.

pangea map with contemporary political boarder, pangea, pangea map, best pangea map, best pangea contemporary map, map of pangea with countries, how did pangea formed?, what is pangea?, supercontinent earth, earth before drifting, pangea before drifting, earth history pangea, find your place on pangea, pangea earth, pannotia, earth evolution, earth history, plate techtonics, Pannotia: Positions of ancient continents 550 million years ago, Pangea map, map of pangea with geopolitical boarders, geopolitics on pangea, pangea, pangea map

What you see here is an anachronistic mashup — a modern map, complete with geological features that did not exist 300-million years ago, with its various parts relocated to the general position they would have occupied before Pangea began rifting apart some 200-million years ago. It’s a view of the supercontinent not often seen, and a mind-bending way of relating to the world on a geological time scale.

Pangea map, map of pangea with geopolitical boarders, geopolitics on pangea

So what is Pangea?

The breaking up and formation of supercontinents appears to have happened several times over Earth’s history with Pangea being one among many.

This supercontinent existed 250 million years ago during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. During the ensuing millenia, plate tectonics slowly moved each continent to its current position on the planet. Each continent is still slowly moving across the face of our world.

Evidences speaking for this land mass lie in the fossil records from the period. It includes the presence of similar and identical species on continents that are now great distances apart. Additional evidence for Pangaea is found in the geology of adjacent continents, including matching geological trends between the eastern coast of South America and western Africa. The polar ice cap of the Carboniferous Period covered the southern end of Pangaea. Glacial deposits of the same age and structure are found on many separate continents which would have been together in the continent of Pangaea.

 

pangea, pangea map

Here a video showing one of the hypothesis behind the formation of the Early Earth and its evolution to the now-a-day Earth by plate tectonics:

The next-to-last one, Pannotia, formed about 600 million years ago during the Proterozoic eon. Pannotia included large amounts of land near the poles and only a relatively small strip near the equator connecting the polar masses.

pannotia, earth evolution, earth history, plate techtonics, Pannotia: Positions of ancient continents 550 million years ago

60 million years after its formation Pannotia broke up, giving rise to the continents of Laurentia, Baltica, and Gondwana. Laurentia would eventually become a large portion of North America, the microcontinent of Avalonia(a small portion of Gondwana) would become the northeastern United States, Nova Scotia, and England. All of these came together at the end of the Ordovician. While this was happening, Gondwana drifted slowly towards the South Pole. These were the early steps in the formation of Pangaea.

This absolutely amazing video traces the movement of the continents through the end of Rodinia to the formation of Pangaea, and then on another 250 million years into our future:

The next step was the collision of Gondwana with the other land mass. Southern Europe broke free of Gondwana. By late Silurian time, North and South China rifted away from Gondwana and started to head northward across the shrinking Proto-Tethys Ocean. Movement continued slowly until the land masses drifted until their current positions.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

4 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here