What Will Earth’s Next Supercontinent Be?

What Will Earth’s Next Supercontinent Be?

In about 200 million years, Earth is due for another supercontinent. What exactly that supercontinent will look like, though, depends on a lot of geological factors, and is harder to guess at than you might think! Today, SciShow walks you through a few possible scenarios.

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