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(plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland
A supercontinent that included all the landmasses of the earth before the Triassic period and that broke up into Laurasia and Gondwana.
Origin: From pan- + γαῖα, probably after Pangäa, coined by Alfred Wegener in 1915.
Pangaea, Pangæa, or Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa. The name Pangaea is derived from Ancient Greek pan meaning "entire", and Gaia meaning "Earth". The name was coined during a 1927 symposium discussing Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift. In his book The Origin of Continents and Oceans, first published in 1915, he postulated that prior to breaking up and drifting to their present locations, all the continents had at one time formed a single supercontinent which he called the "Urkontinent".
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