TED Pop-Up Presentation Explains Pangaea

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Sun, Feb 9th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this beautifully animated video, Michael Molina explains how the prehistoric supercontinent Pangaea broke apart to yield the continents we know today.

The supercontinent Pangaea, with its connected South America and Africa, broke apart 200 million years ago. But the continents haven't stopped shifting -- the tectonic plates beneath our feet (in Earth's two top layers, the lithosphere and the asthenosphere) are still traveling at about the rate your fingernails grow. Michael Molina discusses the catalysts and consequences of continental drift.

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