Pangaea came together during the Paleozoic and has been breaking up since the Mesozoic. The supercontinent was the most recent.
Why It Matters
- Pangaea formed around 300 million years ago and began to break apart around 200 million years ago.
- While Pangaea was together, there was one giant ocean called Panthalassa.
- Geological evidence exists for the continents coming together on each of these continents.
- Distribution of fossils provides evidence for the existance of Pangaea.
- There is also evidence for the supercontinent rifting apart.
With the link below, learn more about Pangaea. Then answer the following questions.
- About.com, Geography, Pangaea (webpage): http://geography.about.com/od/physicalgeography/a/Pangea.htm
- Why do supercontinents come together?
- What type of plate boundaries are there where continents are coming together?
- What evidence would we see now that these continents had once smashed together?
- What happens when a supercontinent breaks apart?
- What causes heat in Earth’s interior?
- Why do supercontinents break apart?