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PUZZLE OF PANGAEA

Use the continents of today as puzzle pieces to reconstruct the past

Suitable For

Grade 5

Difficulty

1

Time Required

 <2 Days

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

Scientists believe that all present continents were once joined together and collectively known as a ‘supercontinent’ called a Pangaea. The word ‘Pangaea’ means ‘all lands’ in Greek, accurately defining the way the continents were 200 millions years ago before it split up. These split-up pieces drifted slowly apart and became the way they are today. See if you can reconstruct the map of Pangaea with the following science experiment:

Topics covered

Super-continent, Pangaea

What will I need?

  • SCISSORS
  • MAP OF THE WORLD
  • POSTER BOARD
  • GLUE

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In this science experiment you recreated how the earth’s continents were joined together some 200 million years ago before they drifted apart. Even now, the shape of the Earth surface is still changing, and it will keep on changing forever, as long as the mantle underneath the Earth’s crust gets heated and convection currents in the magma keeps dragging the plates.

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