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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Continental Drift Pangaea means "All Earth" in Greek. How did this super-continent break apart? Pangaea and Continental Drift double click to change this title text! double click to change this title text! ? ? ? ? This is one part of Pangaea that broke apart. It contains Europe, Asia, and North America. A man named Alfred Wegener made some guesses about continental drift. He wasn't the first one to come up with it, but he did get all of the credit for it because he actually wrote the facts down. At first nobody believed him, and they rejected his idea very quickly. Once Alfred died, scientists began to realize that Wegener wasn't crazy. Wegener's Evidence The theory of continental drift is that huge slabs of the earth's crust move around on the planets mantle, a layer of rock so hot that it flows. The shifting plates are in continental drift, the slow rearrangement of the Earth's land and sea floor. Pangaea then splits into two halves. Similar fossils were found on more than one continent. For example, a Mesosaurus fossil was found in South America and Africa. Even plants that grow in warm weather were found in cooler places. Fossils and Climate Glaciers Glaciers have made many deposits on rock,and they also made grooves into the land which indicates what direction they traveled. Shape The shape of the continents seemed to fit together like a puzzle.They did not fit together perfectly because of rising or lowering sea levels, erosion, and land bridges that might have broke. Rocks Places such as the Andean Mountains give evidence of continental drift. The Andes southward side is in Antarctica, when the mountains are in South America. A rocks age may also give evidence. By: Mandy Gransell Laurasia Gondwanaland This is one part of Pangaea when it broke apart into two pieces. It is made up of Antarctica, South America, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Australia.
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