Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hypothetical supercontinent that included all the landmasses of the earth before the Triassic Period. Pangaea broke apart during the Triassic and Jurassic Periods, separating into Laurasia and Gondwanaland.

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  • proper n. A supercontinent that included all the landmasses of the earth before the Triassic period and that broke up into Laurasia and Gondwana.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland

Etymologies

pan- + Greek gaia, earth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pan- + γαῖα (gaia, "earth, land"), probably after German Pangäa, coined by Alfred Wegener in 1915. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • All the great continents of the world, he suggested, had once been joined up in a gigantic super-continent, which he called Pangaea.

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  • "The goal of Pangaea is to remain independent forever and not sell the company," he says.

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  • Jan. 6, 1912: Alfred Wegner, a German scientist and explorer, stuns a meeting of the German Geological Association when he presents a theory that all of the Earth’s continents were once part of a supercontinent he called Pangaea, but that tidal forces caused them to drift apart.

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  • Some 250 million years ago, the Earth contained a single landmass known as Pangaea.

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  • "The Pangaea is a very practical boat because you can switch everything off and run it by hand, so if the hydrolics fail, we can still sail the boat manually."

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  • Scientists have long thought that Earth's continents once formed a "supercontinent" called Pangaea.

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  • Last time all the landmass clumped up, it formed a supercontinent called Pangaea.

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  • The continents are last thought to have come together 300 million years ago into a supercontinent called Pangaea.

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  • When that same land mass, known as Pangaea, shattered apart about 200 million years ago, the mountain range separated as well.

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  • For example: the similarity of southern continent geological formations had led Roberto Mantovani to conjecture in 1889 and 1909 that all the continents had once been joined into a supercontinent (now known as Pangaea); Wegener noted the similarity of Mantovani's and his own maps of the former positions of the southern continents.

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