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.
As well as the shapes of the continents matching up like a puzzle, there was also fossil evidence found with matching particles existing on land that is now great distances apart from each other.
This Pangea is thought to have started breaking up 175 million years ago. It was mostly positioned in the southern hemisphere.
Artists have drawn maps of the possible transition and formation of the world that we know today.
The different stages of the earth’s formation have different names. Could you imagine if the world took a different shape than what it is today? It’s kind of bizarre to think that the earth could have been very different geographically and that one day in the future it could change again.
Because of the shifting plate tectonics, new pieces of land began to form along with the earth’s many different types of regional climates.
In this map, artist Massimo Pietrobon has created a realistic map with political borders and it’s pretty interesting to look at.
Certain places that were once Islands are now surrounded by more land such as Great Britain.
The United States now borders Morocco, Senegal, and Cuba. And Brazil, which is famous for its beaches, no longer has any.
It’s pretty interesting to consider that all of the continents and countries were once united as one big land mass. It almost makes the fact that there are so many political borders and conflicts seem a bit silly.