Friday, July 1, 2016

WW...Mysteries Solved...Maybe



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Oregon State

In hundreds of millions of years, somewhere in the past, Earth consisted of one big continent.  For many innumerable million years, in fact. Geologists wondered the how and why of uniqueness of the land masses filling the earth, dividing Atlantic from Pacific. 

Why does South America feel like it could cozy up with Africa? Why is Australia off by itself, containing unique critters of its own? Why is there a Gulf Stream that swirls hot to cold, an interactive exchange? Can any continent claim that it has the hottest temperature? Personally, I'd go for Africa.  Sahara Desert wins, hands down.

Alfred Wegener published The Origin of Continents, in 1912.  He posited that at that time, there had been only one massive continent, which he named Pangaea, or Pangea. It was during a 600 million year span to some other million, land masses broke apart in a continental shift, similar to pieces of driftwood rolling through waters until it found a home. (First, continents were together, then they broke up, and then they moved back...Fickle, if you ask me.)


Found in YouTube...there are many other videos

Wegener's book seemed to solve a great mystery to most people.  I suspect that other geologists may have wondered about this but discounted it, but Pangaea seemed to make sense to average humans. I mean, really.  Just look at a jigsaw puzzle, you academics. 

Unbelievably, this created quite an uproar, was controversial until the 1950s. But, even so, Wegener had cast his scientific reputation to test the waters in early 20th century years. I'd say he took quite a chance on this, but then...

This shift had all sorts of ramifications, too numerous here. Feel free to check it out. BUT it is patently clear that there will be no effort to reconnect any time soon.
  
Carole King from YouTube

The above italicized underlined words are a gift from Wednesday Words, this month provided by River. Each week during one month, volunteer bloggers provide a writing challenge by posting 6, 12 words and/or a sentence/photo prompt.  This gives writers a jolt to experience winding those words into a cohesive poem, prose, short-story, whatever genre.

Participants may post their take on these words in that blogger's comment section, or indicate that your post will be at your site.  This helps readers to find you, which is nice.

In July, Elephant's Child  will be tossing us some words, with some visual prompts provided by Olga Godim. It will be interesting, as always.

28 comments:

  1. If the world were still one big continent it would probably be an even more scary place.

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    1. That could be. So many What ifs...

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  2. If it was still all one continent, think how fast things would spread...

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  3. The dividing of one big continent from appearances makes a lot of sense. Some theorize that there is a reference to this event in Genesis 10 where there is mentioned Peleg who lived when "the Earth was divided". I like this theory.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Oh. My. Goodness. Genesis 10:25---Two sons were born to Eber (of Noah's lineage} was named Peleg, because in his time the Earth was divided.
      Arlee...you are amazing!!!

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    2. The Bible is amazing and I can't take credit for that :)

      Arlee Bird
      Tossing It Out

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    3. Perhaps the amazing part comes from your knowledge of the Bible. The Bible tops everything.

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  4. So many of our early thinks were reviled. Think Darwin among others.
    I suspect that if we were still joined together some of the aggression and feelings of superiority would be harder to sustain. A bit...

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    1. It is hard to imagine what would happen IF.

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  5. I like that the continents are broken. There are some places I don't want to be able to get to without quite a bit of effort. Of course other things are in place now anyway that make that a moot point (safety-wise) I do suppose.

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    1. It is a moot point, but this answers so many questions about the how and why. Arlee's comment above explains so much to me.

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    1. The word challenges are always exactly that: challenging!

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  7. I wonder if we would all get along better if we were all together. Probably not.

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    1. I think we would argue over land, water, and food. Sadly.

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  8. This is very interesting and I love how you worked the words into it. Well done!

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  9. Great composition. This is a theory that always made sense to me. The Earth is a living entity. It is always changing and moving.

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    1. Glad most of the time is subtle. But when the plates decide to move in a big way, we have to take notice.

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  10. We watch a lot of this stuff on TV and find it absolutely fascinating. Most recently been watching things like the forming of America. Did you know there were once mountains in New York City?

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    1. Yes! The ice age also dropped/changed New York City.

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  11. One continent, interesting.
    Good job on the word placement.

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    1. Word placement is always challenging, as well as finding a subject to work those words into something.

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  12. One great continent must have been awesome to traverse. But what life lived on that land mass I wonder. When the San Andreas fault goes, as it will someday, it will shift a bit of our continent!! Thanks for visiting my site. :-)

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    1. We all keep wondering about that fault. Will it send the coastline sliding out to sea?

      I am enjoying your site, Roland.

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  13. I had a friend in high school who made his own t-shirts. One of them said, "Reunite Pangaea!" Wonder what happened to that guy...

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    1. I wonder how many other students knew what his shirt meant?

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!