New supercontinent Amasia ‘will form in 200 million years’ has you wandering from France to Australia – The Irish Sun

The great land masses of the EARTH could merge into a new “supercontinent” in 200 million years.

According to research, the huge landmass would form in the Pacific Ocean and would include Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

According to a supercomputer, within the next 300 million years, a new supercontinent called

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According to a supercomputer, a new supercontinent called “Amasia” will form within the next 300 million years. Image highlights Australia in whitePhoto credit: Curtin University

Scientists at Curtin University in Australia have used a supercomputer to predict the future movements of Earth’s continents.

It calculated that the world’s next supercontinent, Amasia, will form when the Pacific Ocean closes in 200 to 300 million years.

According to the model, America will gradually collide with East Asia as Antarctica invades South America.

This would make it possible to hike from France to Australia or from South Africa to Argentina without getting your feet wet.

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The idea of ​​a “supercontinent”—gigantic landmasses made up of today’s continents—is still relatively new to science.

Until 30 years ago we only knew one: Pangea, which existed 200 to 300 million years ago.

However, as geological research has progressed, scientists have realized that supercontinents have formed and split multiple times.

At least two others – Gondwana and Laurasia – existed before Pangea, and experts believe more will coalesce in the future.

Earth’s continents move a few centimeters a year over molten rock called the mantle, making eventual coming together inevitable.

“For the past two billion years, Earth’s continents have collided every 600 million years, forming a supercontinent known as the supercontinent cycle,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Chuan Huang.

“That means today’s continents will come together again in a few hundred million years.”

The research team fed geological data into the supercomputer to simulate 300 million years of tectonic plate motion

It calculated that the Pacific Ocean will close, unlike the Atlantic and Indian Oceans – a theory favored by some scientists.

“We have shown that in less than 300 million years, it will likely be the Pacific Ocean that will close, allowing for the formation of Amasia, disproving some previous scientific theories,” Huang said.

“Australia is expected to play a role in this major Earth event, first colliding with Asia and then joining the Americas and Asia once the Pacific closes.”

Study co-author Zheng-Xiang Li said that by the time Amasia forms, the planet’s ecosystems will not be noticeably different.

The vast supercontinent would likely feature a super-hot and dry interior.

“Currently, the earth consists of seven continents with very different ecosystems and human cultures, so it would be fascinating to imagine what the world might look like in 200 to 300 million years,” Li said.

The research was published in the journal National Science Review.

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