PUZZLE OF PANGAEA
Use the continents of today as puzzle pieces to reconstruct the past
RN: 11011704 - EARTH SCIENCE & ASTRONOMY > GEOLOGY
5 & 6
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:
STUFF YOU NEED [MATERIALS]
- MAP OF THE WORLD
- POSTER BOARD
HOW TO PROCEED [PROCEDURE]
- Find a current map of the world that you are allowed to cut into pieces.
- Cut out all the coloured continents as shown in the diagram above to be used as jigsaw puzzles.
- Try to fit the pieces together to form the ancient land mass called 'Pangaea.
- Once you are satisfied that you have positioned the pieces so that they fit together the best, stick them on a large poster board with glue to display!
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