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The angry earth and Pangea Ultima

May 20, 2008

Big earthquakes, check. See China and Sumatra.

Earthquakes in weird places, check. See UK and US.

Volcanoes in unlikely places, check. See Chile.

Weird weather phenomenon, check. See extraordinarily devastating tornados in Burma and the US.

All of this happening within months, some in places where they’re not supposed to happen. Never in a hundred years would my brother imagine he would lose his dinnerware in a tremor that hit UK recently. Yesterday we had an earthquake barely 300 km away from our shores that sent some people running out to the street in panic.

Something’s changing and its not just the weather. Notice how the time gap between incidents is getting closer and closer.

Are we witnessing the visible beginnings of the biggest merger on the planet? This wiki article on Pangea Ultima is food for thought.

Quoting it: Supercontinents describe the merger of all, or nearly all, of the Earth’s landmass into a single continuous continent. In the Pangaea Ultima scenario, subduction at the western Atlantic, east of the Americas (signs of it can be seen today, the Puerto Rico Trench[citation needed]), leads to the subduction of the Atlantic mid-ocean ridge followed by subduction destroying the Atlantic oceanic basin, causing the Atlantic Ocean to close, bringing the Americas back together with Africa and Europe. As with most supercontinents, the interior of Pangaea Ultima would probably become a semi-arid desert prone to temperature extremes.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    May 22, 2008 11:32 am

    This sounds more like Robert Ringer’s Ice-Ball Theory that I read about many years ago in my ‘don’t know which end’s up’ days. 50 million years! Who lives that long anyway?

  2. Damien permalink*
    May 23, 2008 8:31 am

    Yup, I guess this is what happens when I watch too much National Geographic. And I’m still not sure which end’s up, ha ha. 😛

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