Geologists says Earth’s next super-continent will form in the Arctic

February 8, 2012ARCTICGeologists have long predicted that North and South America will eventually fuse together and merge with Asia, forming a new supercontinent along the lines of the ancient Pangea — the precursor to today’s great land masses, which separated about 200 million years ago. In the past, researchers had guessed that the new continent, often called Amasia, would form either in the same location as Pangea, closing over the Atlantic near present-day Africa, or 180 degrees away, on the other side of the world. But a new study predicts that Amasia will form over the Arctic Ocean. “The fusion of North and South America together will close the Caribbean Sea and meet Eurasia at the present-day North Pole,” said Ross Nelson Mitchell, a geologist at Yale University, who worked on the study as part of his doctoral research. “And Australia is moving north, and would probably snuggle to join Asia somewhere between India and Japan,” he added. Mr. Mitchell and colleagues from Yale, who discuss their theory in the current issue of the journal Nature, modeled the movement of supercontinents of the past using paleomagnetic data, a measurement of the force between the earth’s rocks. Once each supercontinent is assembled, it undergoes back-and-forth rotations about a stable axis on the Equator, Mr. Mitchell said. This motion is called true polar wander. Using this, the researchers determined the center of each of the previous supercontinents — Pangea (often spelled Pangaea), Rodinia and Nuna. There was a clear pattern. In each case, the centers of the supercontinents were separated by 90 degrees. –NY Times
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6 Responses to Geologists says Earth’s next super-continent will form in the Arctic

  1. Kristoffer says:

    When is it possible Amasia will be completed?

  2. Mike H says:

    I like how there are ‘zero’ replies to this un extraordinary story from geo scientists in their field. No disrespect, but this information is way old news! Great predictions, IMO, ahaha, you know. I hope they put this in some pyroglypths so the ‘Futures’ will understand we figured out, why we know their current postitons in some great details we leave behind.

    • Mike H says:

      I feel I must add a side note to my reply. I truly do not see this story as Old news and unextraodinary in a sinical scense, but, was sort of my line of thought, that these circumstances were so far ahead of our time =)
      The rest I hope we do so in some manner, who knows?

  3. Maponos says:

    I prefer Surge Tectonics rather than the modern theory of plate tectonics!

  4. gerry says:

    next year

  5. Xcommunicate says:

    Magnetic maps prove that the continents are getting further apart in all directions. Not anywhere on the planet are they moving together.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f6hcGJbjL0&feature=related

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