Europeans can get to Africa by bike and Moroccans can just walk over to Quebec
During the Permian Period, the last period of the Paleozoic Era, which was the period between 299 to 251 million years ago, there was just one supercontinent on Earth, a massive landmass called Pangea. Back then, the planet just had one ocean, Panthalassa.
Supercontinents were formed when Earth’s tectonic plates started to slide above its mantle, which made landmasses break and resulted to new formations. This is the main reason why an ancient portion of Canada was discovered attached to Australia.
Or why fossils of a pig-like reptile called Lystrosaurus are found in the very different locations of Antarctica, India, and South Africa, but weren’t found somewhere else. We may not feel it, but continents are slowly moving even at this very minute.
Three hundred years ago, Pangea existed and humans weren’t still around back then, but it gives us an idea what we could have become if we were already living or still living when all of us are gathered within one giant landmass.
Amateur cartographer Massimo Pietrobon created a conceptual map called Pangea Politico, which shows what the world looks like if Pangea still remained intact.
His map concentrates more on politics rather than geological accuracy, but it still reveals where countries would be when if we retained the original arrangement of the tectonic plates.
The map shows Russia and America much closer than it is now and India and Antartica so close together that they share the same climate. We can also see that Santa Claus would be living in Korea, and Cuba being landlocked.
Pietrobon further explained that Europeans can get to Africa by bike, African Americans can visit their African cousins with just a bus ride, and that Moroccans can just walk over to Quebec.
“Gathering the world in one piece of land represents a return to the unity of the planet, to the unity of the human race, in spite of the divisions that are so convenient for our rulers!” Pietrobon added.
So of course, it’s only natural to wander what this will all look like 250 million years from now. The constant movement of the plates can collide Africa with Southern Europe. The same can be said about Southeast Asia and the Australian Plate. Experts say that it’s highly likely that there will be another supercontinent formed.
Whether that supercontinent would be human-free once again is anybody’s guess now.
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