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Continental Divide: The Breakup of Pangaea

According the theory of continental drift, Pangaea split into two halves—Laurasia and Gondwanaland—roughly 200 million years ago. In turn, Laurasia split into Eurasia and North America, while Gondwanaland broke up into Antarctica, Africa, Australia, South America, and the Indian subcontinent.
Clues from a variety of sources support the theory of Pangaea and continental drift. Click below to learn more.
black lines Continental Puzzle
leaf Fossils
bone More Fossils
tillite Tillite
mountains Andean Mountains
gondwana animation

geologic timeline

Visit the interactive Gondwanaland animation (you will need the Flash 5 plug-in).

Animation by Sarah Reiwitch, text by Pearl Tesler

 
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