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How the North American and European Continents Have Formed

The amazing images below by Ron Blakey are snapshots from the paleotectonic evolution of North America and Europe. The first sequence shows the evolution of the North American continent starting 510 million years ago, through the accretion and dissolution of Pangaea into the most recent Ice Age and, in the final image, its present-day configuration.

The following images show the evolution of Europe from an Antarctic archipelago through a tropical island chain to present day Europe. The first sequence starts roughly 450 million years ago and continues to the Jurassic, 200 million years ago. The second sequence begins approximately 150 million years ago and extends to the present day. All maps by Ron Blakey.

via Venue

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