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What If Pangea Persisted?

Pangea's Ecology

By Jennathul NishaPublished 4 months ago 2 min read
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You're in your science class, maybe your mind wandering a bit ( shh, we won't tell) and suddenly your teacher brings up the topic of Pangea. You know the supercontinent- where all the continents were basically one big, happy family?

Yeah, that one but hold on to your hats because here comes the twist!

What if Pangea never decided to throw its ultimate breakup party? Yup, you heard it right- what if continents just decided to stick together like glue- forming one ginormous landscape? It is like Earth's own version of a family reunion where no supervillain can intervene in their bond.

Now, according to the history book (of course, Wikipedia), Pangea was the cool kid on the block during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic era, the time when dinosaurs and other reptiles ruled the earth and things were a whole lot different than they're now.

But any good story had to come to an end! About 175 million years ago, Pangea started to break apart, eventually changing into the continent we know today.

If Pangea still exists today, you could hop in your car and drive from California to England, with no passport, and no plane tickets. Just you, the open road, and the heck of an adventure since they are part of the same landmass.

As everyone lives on one big landmass, the impact on human and animal evolution could be rewritten in history.

Now, let's talk about geography. North America would be chilling in the west and Europe must be hanging out in the east, and Asia? Up north, cozying up to Russia. India and Australia would be kicked down south, next to Antarctica.- India is covered with ice!

Well, it's not all about the snow and ice down there. In the middle of Pangea, you've got lush with rainforest straight out of movies, and think of towering trees, exotic creatures, and the whole shebang.

Venturing deeper inside results in some serious dessert vibes as Pangea’s landmass is so vast, even Brian who obviously comes from the ocean wouldn't be able to travel enough inland to live leaving some parts of Pangea not uninhabitant for animals or even humans.

Weather conditions of North, where Asia would be blown up with a lot warmer than you'd expect and speaking of surprises, some of today's animals wouldn't even be around in the Pangea party but at least top predators might have a chance to be still ruling the roost.

If you live in Florida, you can easily decide to take a spontaneous trip to the Caribbean island, Venezuela, and Brazil- be back home in time for dinner! Yup, all in just a single day.

The idea of hopping from one country to another country with such ease sounds like an absolute blast, but countries suddenly finding new neighbors can navigate some serious issues like territorial disputes. Imagine if COVID-19 broke out in Pangea, it would be a lot easier for the virus to travel from Country to Country.

So, while the idea of Pangea sticking around might sound like a wild adventure, it's probably best that it broke apart when it did. It's important to remember that every rose has its thorn and in the case of Pangea, those thorns could be pretty prickly indeed.

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Jennathul Nisha

Welcome to the spot where "what if" becomes reality , Unleashing curiosity, one question at a time. Join me on a captivating journey of exploration and daydreams. See you in the magical realm of exploration! 😊✨

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  • Suryaprakash4 months ago

    I read it completely and lemme be the first one to comment beautifully explained . And keep up the goooood work !!!

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