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We spend a lot of time thinking about the near future. AIs will start a nuclear war by 2040? It will live on foot World by 2100? But & # 39; are the way, way future & # 39; away – x & # 39; will be the World as, say, 200 million years?
For one thing, geology certainly will not be the same. According to an international team & # 39; researchers, our planet is about 200 to 250 million years & # 39; away from the formation of & # 39; re superkontinent – mass & # 39; giant land consists of seven & # 39; continents that we know and love – and think they have a pretty good idea what will appear.
The earth's crust consists of 12 tectonic plates that are in & # 39; constant movement and very slow. All these plates together and then separated into & # 39; cycle lasting between 400 and 600 million years. The last time the plate was joined & # 39; about 310 million years ago, before the time of dinosaurs, f & # 39; what extent formed the supercontinent of & # 39; Pangea.
To figure out & # 39; be the next superkontinent, researchers analyzed the history of the tectonics of the Earth's tectonic plates and the activity currently taking place. From this, b & # 39; four & # 39; superkontinentali possible future configurations, they call Novopangea, Pangea Ultima, Aurica and Amasia.
The researchers believe that Novopangea x is the most likely scenario, since it is the result of persistent today's conditions – the three remaining scenarios & # 39; as a result have only & # 39; major change in the plate tectonics of the Earth, such as the influence of & # 39; an internal anomaly of the planet that has not yet developed.
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While, b & # 39; clearly, we will not be alive to see which of these scenarios – if any – actually a good place, the researchers did not undertake this project just for fun. As both in & # 39; article published in The Conversation:
The investigation of the future of the World rift ssaħħaħna to push the boundaries of our knowledge, and to think about the processes that shape our planet on scales & # 39; long. This also leads us to think about the whole Earth system as a whole, and raises a series of & # 39; other questions – x & # 39; will be the next superkontinent climate? How to adjust c ocean circulation? How will evolve and adapt to life? These are the kind of & # 39; questions that hinder the boundaries of science because they push the boundaries of our imagination.
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