Do you think you have a pretty good idea of what the world looks like? Most people can draw a general globe or map, with some blue bits for the water, and some patchy green bits for the land. But have you ever wondered what the world looked like 300 million years ago?
You couldn’t have thought that it would look exactly the same, right? After years and years of climate change and development, the planet’s appearance will change. Over the past few years, the color and look of the planet have changed drastically.
But 33 million years ago, the planet looked drastically different. Rather than different continents scattered and boarded by water, the earth was actually one big mass of land.
Artists have drawn maps to show what this may have looked like. There’s even a detailed map that shows exactly where everything would line up.
Although this may sound like something out of a fantasy, it’s actually quite scientific. The land mass is known as Pangaea, and it’s defined as a supercontinent that existed in the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras.
It was the most recent supercontinent to have formed and the first one to be pieced together by geologists.
Supercontinents, and the fact that they break up, seem to be a cyclical aspect to earth’s history. Several other Pangeas have existed in the past and it’s safe to say that one could form again.