- the hypothetical landmass that existed when all continents were joined, from about 300 to 200 million years ago.
Origin of Pangaea
1920–25; pan- + Greek gaîa earth; allegedly coined by German meteorologist Alfred L. Wegener (1880–1930)
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Examples from the Web for pangaea
This happens again and again in Pangaea: the seemingly playful signifies something else unequivocally serious and real.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists
April 4, 2014
C20: from Greek, literally: all-earth
Word Origin and History for pangaea
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A supercontinent made up of all the world's present landmasses joined together in the configuration they are thought to have had during the Permian and Triassic Periods. According to the theory of plate tectonics, Pangaea later broke up into Laurasia and Gondwanaland, which eventually broke up into the continents we know today.
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