History of the Earth: the supercontinent Pannotia

History of the Earth: the supercontinent Pannotia


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The supercontinent Pannotia It probably existed between 650 and 500 million years ago, which is also known as the Vendiano Supercontinent or Great Gondwana, forming after the rupture of the supercontinent Rodinia, its predecessor.

Formation of the supercontinent Pannotia

Pannotia was formed when Laurentia was located adjacent to the two main South American continents: Amazonia and Río de la Plata, once they were broke up the supercontinent Rodinia.

Laurasia, the Congo craton and Proto-Gondwana (all Gondwana except Congo and Atlantic), are the continents that formed Pannotia, with the characteristic that both Laurasia and Proto-Gondwana turned towards the South Pole, placing the Congo in the middle of them.

Thus was born Pannotia, a supercontinent in which its entire mass was located around the South Pole, which has caused that it is most likely one of the geological epochs of the history of the earth with more glaciers.

Its shape was a "V" oriented towards the northeast, and within this was the panthalassa ocean, which would become the future in the Pacific Ocean, while surrounding the supercontinent was the great ancient Pan-African ocean.

Separation of the supercontinent Pannotia

Pannotia was one of the shortest-lived supercontinents in Earth's history, being separated by the same movements that caused its formation, which continued throughout time.

Their breakup begins about 540 million years, only 60 million years after being formed, disintegrating into four continents: Laurentia, Baltica, Siberia and Gondwana, which would later come together again to form the supercontinent Pangea.

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