Billion years in 40 seconds: accelerated video with the movement of lithospheric plates

According to the geological theory of tectonics of the slabs, the surface of the earth consists of lithospheric plates, which slowly move right under our feet

It is because of this constant movement that modern land looks completely different than millions of years ago.

More than 90 % of the Earth’s surface is covered with eight largest slabs:

  • Australian slab

  • Antarctic slab

  • African slab

  • Eurasian slab

  • Hindusta plate

  • Pacific plate

  • North American plate

  • South American plate

Animation created by Visual Capitalist specialists shows the movement of tectonic lands of the Earth with 1 ha (geological time equal to one billion years) to the present day.

It is currently believed that Pangea was just one of several supercontinants who united (and broke up) throughout the story.

The exact number of supercontinents and their status are discussed in the scientific community, but, according to the “geological encyclopedia”, at least five are widely recognized:

  • Kenerland: There was ≈ 2.7–2.5 billion years ago,

  • Nuna/Colombia: ≈ 1.6–1.4 billion years ago,

  • Rodinia: ≈ 950-800 million years ago,

  • Pannotia: ≈ 620–580 million years ago,

  • Pangea: ≈ 325-175 million years ago.

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