We Are Earth’s Experiment

Anyone who is anyone is familiar with the fact that the world’s continents once fit together into one huge supercontinent called Pangea.

What many of us don’t know is that Pangea was only the last of a series of supercontinents that formed and split apart multiple times after the Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago. The very first supercontinent was called Vaalbara and it started forming about 3.6 billion years ago. Rodinia came 1.2 billion years ago.

Almost a billion years later, Pangea is formed, and this land mass would grow apart into the seven continents due to Earth’s internal heat. This new formation of earth’s land mass is what we know today.

2.2 million years ago was when the first modern human species came about. 2 million years may seem like a long time to us but it’s actually pretty recent in geological time. If we were to stretch earth’s lifetime throughout a week on a calendar. The human species has only been existent going into Saturday afternoon. Pangea would have only existed a couple hours before that. We never do quite realize that we are all living and do our everyday things on a constantly moving surface. We are all living in a minute time fraction of Earth’s life.

Do you still believe that anyone will ever rule the world?

http://www.burkemuseum.org/static/geo_history_wa/Dance%20of%20the%20Giant%20Continents.htm

http://www.ecology.com/2011/09/10/earths-beginnings-origins-life/

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