The separation of Pangea, explained in an animated pop-up book

In this lovely new animation from TED-Ed, educator Michael Molina uses a pop-up book to explore the science of tectonic plates, the manner by which their shifting led to the breakup of the supercontinent of Pangea, and how their movement continues to affect the drift of Earth's continents.


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[TED-Ed via Explore]



Something they never seem to tell you but should be fairly obvious is that it didn't "start" with Pangaea, over the course of 14 billion years there has actually been a supercontinent cycle in which land has come together and broken apart several times. Pangaea is only the most recent, forming around 300 million years ago and breaking about 200 million years ago.