Building Pangaea

In 1915, Alfred Wegener proposed that all of Earth's continents were once joined in an ancient supercontinent he called Pangaea. Wegener's idea of moving continents led to the modern theory of plate tectonics. Create your own version of Pangaea by fitting Earth's landmasses together like puzzle pieces. Use evidence from fossils, rocks, and glaciers to refine your map.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn the names of major landmasses.
  • Explain the theory of continental drift.
  • Fit the landmasses together to form an ancient supercontinent called Pangaea.
  • Use several types of evidence (fossils, rocks, glaciers) to revise their model of Pangaea.
VOCABULARY:
  • continental drift, fossil, glacier, ice age, landmass, Pangaea, supercontinent

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