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What is Pangaea?

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May 29, 2016 2:33AM

Pangaea was a large, ancient landmass that was composed of all

the continents joined together, also called a "supercontinent." Its

name is Ancient Greek:

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Pan meaning

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entire and

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Gaea meaning

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Earth; from the Greek meaning "all lands."

Pangaea is believed to have formed around 300 million years ago

and began to break up around 175 million years ago. It was a

roughly C-shaped landmass that had all of our modern continents

together as one. The movements of the Earth's crust (continental

drift) means that landmasses continue to slowly move in relation to

each other and the Earth's axis.


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