Hundreds of millions of years from now, the world’s largest ocean will disappear, the Earth will become unrecognizable, and researchers say North America and Asia will collide to form the continent “Amasia.”
a Research recently published in National Science Review highlights findings by a team of researchers from Curtin University, Australia.
Researchers say the Pacific is shrinking by a few centimeters each year, and supercomputer renderings predict that a new continent will form in 200 to 300 million years.
“By using supercomputers to simulate how the Earth’s tectonic plates are expected to evolve, it is likely that the Pacific will close within 300 million years, allowing the formation of Amasia. We were able to demonstrate some previous scientific theories,” said lead author Dr. Chuan Huang of Curtin University in a statement.
Movement of tectonic plates is not new trendHuang said that supercontinents form about every 600 million years over the past two billion years.
If the latest research is accurate, Earth’s seven continents will slowly merge into one giant continent surrounded by oceans known as the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Researchers said an important part of the new supercontinent would be Australia’s move.
The continent is expected to collide with Asia first, ending the Pacific Ocean as we know it, before North America merges with Asia.
research team The Pacific Ocean is the remnant of Panthalassa’s superocean, which has shrunk since the age of the dinosaurs.
Panthalassa surrounded the last supercontinent that experts call Pangea.
Pangea is thought to have begun to break apart over 200 million years ago, leading to the formation of the land and oceans we know today.
On the new continent, climate patterns change, and much of ‘Amasia’ may resemble a desert due to the lack of oceanic influences.
“The Earth as we know it will change dramatically when Amasia forms. Sea levels are expected to drop, the vast interior of the supercontinent will be very dry, and daily temperature differences will be high.” ,” said co-author Zheng-Xiang Li of Curtin University in a statement.