Only One Continent Will Exist on Earth, and That’s Bad News for Our Descendants

Only One Continent Will Exist on Earth, and That’s Bad News for Our Descendants
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We’ve learned in school that there are seven continents in the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica. But textbooks in the far future will teach kids something totally different if any humans are around at that point.

Until 230 million years ago, our planet had only one continent, or supercontinent, as you prefer to call it. Its name is Pangea, or you can also call it Pangaea. All of the continents that exist today were united into a single one at that time, a period that took place from the Late Paleozoic Era until the Late Triassic. According to popularmechanics.com, scientists claim that the scenario will repeat itself in the far future. 

Pangea 2.0 will be here in 200 million years

The research claims that the Earth will return to a Pangea-like supercontinent in 200 million years. There are several versions that describe how the new supercontinent might evolve. 

One of the scenarios is that the Pacific keeps closing while the Atlantic Ocean keeps opening up. Tectonic activity will lead to the American continents separating from Europe and Asia and colliding with Antarctica and Europe, Asia, and Africa. Until then, Australia would be connected to Asia.

Scientists also believe that by the time a new supercontinent will emerge, there will be no humans left on Earth. This is obviously bad news if you were somehow planning to live for 200 million years more. 

As for why the Pangea supercontinent of the past broke apart, other studies claim that the convection currents that occur in the upper zone of the mantle are to blame. They’re also causing the plates to move nowadays. 

The new research was published in Geological Magazine.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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