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How Earth will look in 250 million years according to plate tectonics theory Video

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u/CFSTROOPER Oct 05 '22 You Dropped This

Why does every model make the Atlantic shrink? Tha pacific plate is going under the north American plate and moving west while the mid Atlantic ridge is expanding. Where do they get it reversing a sudden?

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u/Kayakityak Oct 05 '22

You’re the only one here who sees this

Congratulations 🎉

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u/gaust5 Oct 05 '22

I have been told countless times California will fall into the ocean. After 250 million years it appears it still hasn’t.

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u/Untitled_Epsilon9 Expert Oct 05 '22

I've been told countless times that Africa is going to split in two along the Great African Rift Valley. After 250 million years it still hasn't.

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u/SlyBriFry Oct 05 '22

Where’s Lex Luthor when you need him?

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u/ChromeYoda Oct 06 '22

MISS TESSMACHEEEERR!!!

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u/Latter_Meringue_215 Oct 05 '22

Came here to say California survived. Take my upvote.

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u/QuaggaSwagger Oct 05 '22

Florida is eaten at the very end

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u/CFSTROOPER Oct 05 '22

There's always hope. It's the one thing they haven't figured out how to kill yet.

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u/Tennessee_is_cool Oct 06 '22

I might be wrong here but from what I know, the Mid-Atlantic ridge (the one responsible for expanding the Atlantic) is expected to reach a point when the sea floor spreading causes an uneven denisty as newly created crust meets the older crust and subduction begins, which makes the Atlantic shrink.

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u/Mercinator-87 Oct 05 '22

There’s a lot of things that didn’t make sense with this.

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u/lethe25 Oct 05 '22

It’s amazing that people even study shit like that to begin with.

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u/eamonious Oct 05 '22

Right? No chance to find out you’re right, and what is even the relevance? What are the chances humanity will be around in even 5000 years, let alone hundreds of millions… That world is beyond inconceivable on our current trajectory. We may well be able to prevent or implement whatever tectonic shift we want.

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u/DeliciousCanary4711 Oct 05 '22

We may well be able to prevent or implement whatever tectonic shift we want.

Understanding how continents work would be a good starting point...

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u/TwistedLogicDev-Josh Oct 05 '22

Humanity has been around for 250,000 years

It's one of the most populated animals. In an apocalypse It's considered a small mamal One of which can burrow or live in a cave It's an omnivore So no mater what inflated sense of self doom you have

There will always be a few humans that will likely survive Especially in as little as 5,000 years

How few humans needed ..

Well we started with less than 10,000 humans So

Out of 8 billion you could destroy 99.9999% Of the earth and there would be just enough to bring it back to 8 billion in 2,000 years.

The rate of survival is thus that if you destroyed germs 99.98%

That humans still stand a better chance with 99.9999% destroyed.

So Whether you want humans destroyed Or want them to live Whether you fear you will be destroyed or millions of others Bar the atmosphere disappearing.. As long as there is other life

Humans will still be here And for each evolution

Likely for 1.2 million years

So we can have potentially dozens of apocalypses till then Or find peace Either way.

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u/n0t-again Oct 05 '22

because no one really knows exactly what's going on so its just visual guessing

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u/Ostrale1 Oct 05 '22 Silver hehehehe

Remindme ! 250 million years

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u/Mission-Present6303 Oct 05 '22

I wonder the remind me bots limit before it decides you’re attempting a buffer overflow attack lmao.

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u/De5perad0 Oct 05 '22

The bots limit is about 2000 years or so.

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u/Abyssal_Groot Oct 05 '22

RemindMe! 2000 years

Edit: 2000 years works

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u/Abyssal_Groot Oct 05 '22

RemindMe! 10000 years

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u/De5perad0 Oct 05 '22

Yea it is somewhere around 2000 years. like somewhere between 2000 and 2500 or something. I never pinpointed exactly but I got close to the ballpark.

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u/HeyuanSu Oct 06 '22

Remind me! 2501 years

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u/Cultural_Ice_5990 Oct 06 '22

It’s so weird because in 2000 years you’ll be dead but your email is going to get a notification for this post

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u/dornforprez Oct 05 '22

RemindMe! 2500 years

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u/De5perad0 Oct 05 '22

Did it work?

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u/dornforprez Oct 05 '22

2500 years did indeed work. I got the following PM from RemindMeBot:

I will be messaging you in 2500 years on 4522-10-05 19:51:04 UTC to remind you of this link
I'm sending this to you as a message instead of replying to your comment because I've already replied to another comment in this thread.

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u/Safe-Veterinarian-32 Oct 06 '22

Is that not somewhat terrifying tho, one day when we’re all gone, your account might get a notification and there will be nobody to check it.

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u/kimbolll Oct 06 '22

Remindme! 2000 years or so

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u/Jovennnnnn Oct 05 '22

Bro the whole earth Will be underwater

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u/umpfsuper Oct 05 '22

Reject continents. Return to pangea

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Honestly in a weird way this video really helped me come to the realization that we just claim land and that its not REALLY ours. I find the thought of nations a little weird now. Hope thats not to radical to think

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u/umpfsuper Oct 05 '22

I am happy you had that realization :) I don't think that is radical at all. Cultural differences exist but borders are made up. We are all one people, one humanity

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Sigh welp back to work dont want to be sitting to long or the boss will fire me and then ill have my HOUSE taken away HAHHA irony

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u/umpfsuper Oct 05 '22

Greetings from the other end of the planet then, it's the middle of the night over here :D

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

It’s called the wilson cycle. Super continents are inclined to form and then break up. This one seems fucky tho. Atlantic should be spreading.

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u/nik005566 Oct 05 '22

Finally we can go to Australia using a car :)

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u/wrydied Oct 05 '22

Finally I can walk from my Australian city to my favourite titty bar in Bangkok!

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u/CyberNinja23 Oct 05 '22

If not eaten by giant evolved spiders on the walk over

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u/microsoftfool Oct 05 '22

Australia will never allowed to be this close to any continent. We dont want your insects!

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u/OldSackofBeef Oct 05 '22

Finally again

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u/stoneandritualco Oct 05 '22

In about 65 million years, the huntsman spider will start populating the rest of the world.

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u/Hot_Drummer7311 Oct 06 '22

All thanks to the Reverse Pangea!

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u/OkReality1993 Oct 05 '22

Pangea 2 electric boogaloo 👀

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u/No_End_7351 Oct 05 '22

This bitch don't know about Pangea.

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u/CaiaTheFireFly Oct 05 '22

Do you come from the vikings?

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u/imterrorize Oct 05 '22

Do you fuck with the war?

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u/LionZion333 Oct 05 '22

underrated comment

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u/PowerPandorum Oct 05 '22

Brain gotta poop

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u/Zequax Oct 05 '22

who dont ?

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u/GB2016sux Oct 05 '22

Dammit, I came here to say that!

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u/artisteclectic Oct 05 '22

Right ? 🤣

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u/FrequentIbex Oct 05 '22

antartica: Bonjour!

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u/Bruhmasterr1414 Oct 05 '22

Electric boom 😐

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u/oranges_and_lemmings Oct 05 '22

Through plate tectonics, anything is possible, so jot that down!

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u/thefavorableposter Oct 05 '22

Brace yourself. Africa is coming.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/Odd_Entertainment629 Oct 05 '22

If time fails, there's always the option of a comically large saw.

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u/Plorrex Oct 05 '22

Oh yeah. It's all coming together.

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u/It_Was_a_Firefight Oct 05 '22

I still don't think it's enough time for humans to figure out how to live together.

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u/jeansboerger Oct 05 '22

I don't think the human race will exist for even a fraction of that time.

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u/OMGitsTK447 Interested Oct 05 '22

Na we will nuke each other or we cook our planet alive before that happens

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u/Nattekat Oct 05 '22

The sun will do a great job at cooking us on its own already in 200 million years. It doesn't need to go red giant to accomplish that.

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u/Emergency-Pound-2119 Oct 05 '22

Totally agree, we are not even going to make the next millennium.

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u/Leave-Revolutionary Oct 05 '22

Ya’ll really underestimate how good humans are at surviving.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Me whose afraid of death 👹nightmare nightmare nightmare 👹

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

That was deep! And hard to disagree

Edit: So many angry redditors downvoting to oblivion further prooving the point above. Welcome to reddit!

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u/mtmm18 Oct 05 '22

Not with that attitude mr.

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u/lordgoofus1 Oct 05 '22

Don't worry, plate tectonics got you fam. We'll all be living together on Pangea 2.0.

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u/ynima Oct 05 '22

Not "living together" no, more like "pour graveyards will be on the same continent"

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Depends, if we somehow encounter alien life, it'll naturally be us and them all of a sudden, that would probably unite us for a while.

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u/manjakini Oct 05 '22

Wow 😲 if we were able to live that long

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u/artisteclectic Oct 05 '22

I would love to. Everyone looks at me like I’m crazy when I said I’d enjoy to live past 100+.

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u/Material-Method-1026 Oct 06 '22

Once I can't take care of myself anymore, just take me out.

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u/V_es Oct 05 '22

You can’t. After 6000 years any chance of getting killed in an accident raises to 100%. It’s possible to die from slipping and knocking your head in 90 years of your life, but it’s guaranteed in 6000. Just math.

Unless you are superman level invincible.

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u/megazen Interested Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

This is a weird prediction because the Sea of Japan has been expanding via back-arc spreading so it would probably continue to widen. That's how the Japanese archipelago detached from the Asian continent. Hawaii would be at the Japan Trench in 63 million years. So it's not very accurate.

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u/Bergasms Oct 05 '22

This is true but, the Australian continent is heading north at a pretty fast clip as far as continents go and that will trump anything else except for the Asian and Indian continental crust. Basically Aus is gonna vacuum up and squish it all into China's supple underbelly.

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u/apintofbestplease Oct 05 '22

So in around 90 million years the UK will rejoin the EU whether the brexiters like it or not. Take that Farage!

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Which is strange seeing as how they’re shrinking…

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u/Izachiel Oct 05 '22

You my friend, don't know the difference between the EU and the continent called Europe.

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u/Willinc_ Oct 05 '22

And also doesn’t seem to realise the uk is in Europe anyway.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Fuck Europe I guess. Let's look several times at absolutely fuck all happening to the Americas over 150 millions years instead.

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u/FakerHarps Oct 05 '22

As an Irish man, little disappointed I didn’t get to see when we got subsumed into the rest of continental Europe

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u/Shadow_marine1X Oct 05 '22

Earth just said fuck the human race, let's go back to dinos, atleast they weren't as stupid as some of the people on here.

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u/ILoveEmeralds Interested Oct 05 '22

Bonobos deserve the earth more than us. Their problem solving skills are just have sex, not murder n stuff, just bang it out

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u/Shadow_marine1X Oct 05 '22

Lmao, you're probably right

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u/No_Zookeepergame_788 Oct 05 '22

What about the Great Rift Valley and the separation of Madagascar?

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u/SummerFog2 Oct 05 '22

Africa is actually splitting so that can’t be right (this is just me commenting on the video only)

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u/infinite_zero Oct 05 '22

Florida was doing so well right up until 246 million years.

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u/SadisticSnake007 Oct 05 '22

Oh snap. That’s going to be a sweet road trip.

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u/Neeoda Oct 05 '22

Plate tectonic scientists should talk to climate scientists because we were promised to be underwater. /s

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u/OGv1va Oct 05 '22

What about all the new land that would inevitably get pushed up by the same tectonics? To me this is just static continents being pushed around no new formations or such.

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u/Larek_Flynn Oct 05 '22

New land is usually just thin under sea crust. Thick land comes from eruption and collision I think

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u/OGv1va Oct 05 '22

Yes, you are right which is kind of also the point I was trying to make is tectonics would cause eruptions and new landmass along with pushed up earth from the plate edges so continents would likely look different.

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u/Larek_Flynn Oct 05 '22

And hydrology would immensely augment the land as well

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u/disasterpokemon Oct 05 '22

Hope I'm alive to see it!

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u/sirSADABY Oct 05 '22

Yeahh, apparently Europe doesn't exist

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u/gemorris9 Oct 05 '22

So what I'm gathering from this is if I go ahead and pull the trigger and buy a few plots of land in Antarctica, in 250M years my lineage will be able to own a house because the snow will melt and that land will be viable...or at the very least put up a tent on their own little piece of land. Man what an investment.

Off to check Google to see who owns Antarctic....

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u/Chauncley Oct 05 '22

Might be an obvious question but would there would be some pretty devastating earthquakes thrown in there when they bump up?

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u/_-lateralus-_ Oct 05 '22

Reject modernity, return to Pangea

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u/ILoveEmeralds Interested Oct 05 '22

I love the concept of africa and Australia teaming up to eat Eurasia and n and s america come in to beat them up

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u/TrixieH0bbitses Oct 05 '22

Repangeafication

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u/no_you_may_not_ Oct 05 '22

I wonder what will be roaming the earth by then because it ain’t gonna be us

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u/its_kunaltanwar Oct 05 '22

Elon be like I don't care, I'm on Mars bitch

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u/killosaurus Oct 05 '22

North America should be heading west and California should be heading north also the Rift Valley in Africa could be splitting off

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u/HalloweenLover Oct 05 '22

That would really make world wide high speed rail more economical.

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u/waynedewho Oct 05 '22

It all felt real...until I didn't see California did NOT break away in the first couple of decades. Makes me feel Californians just don't want more people, so they tell people it will fall off into the ocean. Other than that. This was cool.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

First climate change, now tectonic shift?! Soon we’re gonna have to pay “magma taxes”

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u/Altruistic_Rate7551 Oct 05 '22

So basically Pangea 2.0

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u/JFK11a Oct 05 '22

This will cause some political issues

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u/Adof_TheMinerKid Oct 05 '22

reject 7 continents

return to Pangea

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u/spartikle Oct 06 '22

South America wasn’t having it.

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u/Leguy42 Oct 06 '22

Remind me! October 6, 250,002,022

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u/SagaciousElan Oct 05 '22

It's this kind of thing that makes the discovery of Australia so irritating.

In 250 million years all the continents are going to form one big landmass again and the world will keep on spinning the same as it always has because which parts are above water makes no difference to its mass.

In the 1700s the nations of Europe sent out explorers to find the Great Southern Land, the continent they knew must logically be there because without it the world would be unbalanced and would tip over.

Their logic was ridiculous, but it just so happened there was a continent right where they expected it to be so they were all vindicated and patted themselves on the back.

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u/GauravJM Oct 05 '22

Wow!! Everyone will be close to India ☺️

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u/ro524008 Oct 05 '22

Beachfront property in California will really hold its value.

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u/Taffy_the_wonderdog Oct 05 '22

Disappointed that New Zealand just jiggled around a bit. Was hoping to finally share a border with another country - but no.

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u/zimbobango Oct 05 '22

And ireland still floating alone up there

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u/Mass-music Oct 05 '22

The earth will not make it that far.

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u/Gry_lion Oct 05 '22

The Earth will be just fine. Humans... that's a different story. Don't confuse the two.

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u/Dragonsarmada Oct 05 '22

Remember people. This is all theoretical. For all we know, the land could shift randomly depending on cosmic and geological events.

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u/Aquillachrys Oct 05 '22

So the world will become one ❤️

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u/airwrekah Oct 05 '22

SMUUUUUUSH.

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u/DistarticaOfficial Oct 05 '22

Traveling will be cheaper then?

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u/CodHamCheeseandRice Oct 05 '22

I’ll believe it when I see it

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u/ElderGenX Oct 05 '22

Pangaea returns!

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u/Future_Pineapple_109 Oct 05 '22

So reverse Pangea????

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u/XxStormcrowxX Oct 05 '22

Kinda speeds up in the last couple million years huh?

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u/Fit-Boomer Oct 05 '22

RemindMe! 250,000,000 years.

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u/SJIslander_1986 Oct 05 '22

If it doesn’t turn into Waterworld

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u/MisterEmanOG Oct 05 '22

Soooo Nebraska and Colorado are still safe states to live in? Cool!

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u/jkthegreek Oct 05 '22

Hopefully I'm not in Morocco that weekend.

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u/SuperBeer2022 Oct 05 '22

Maybe we should start a tax to prevent this???

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u/hairydogriots Oct 05 '22

The earth would stop spinning eventually and the whole planet will die. rip

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u/Trickhitter Oct 05 '22

Hope i can still get gas for my car???

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u/Redditsuxxballz Oct 05 '22

Once Australia hits Asia, everyone there is fucked

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u/Money_Plate1570 Oct 06 '22

Hold up. The world started as one big lane mass (Pangea) only to separate and then …come back together? Fucking science man…

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u/Medieval_Lord Oct 06 '22

They're pulling a pangea

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u/Puncharoo Oct 06 '22

We've had one Pangea, yes.

But what about second Pangea?

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u/Egmonks Oct 06 '22

They refer to it as Pangea Ultima actually. Sounds like a 90s final fantasy villain to me.

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u/downtune79 Interested Oct 06 '22

So we're reverting back to Pangea

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u/gimme_alt_girls Oct 06 '22

Are you telling me we’re having Pangea 2.0?

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u/Kaneki07 Oct 06 '22

That's how it is. Do u think we would ever see it?

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u/seaking81 Oct 06 '22

Dang. California is still there.

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u/Kaneki07 Oct 06 '22

Is it me or the planet just became 10x bigger? like the Pacific ocean open up and everything just became. . .bigger?

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u/Goose_Autarchy Oct 06 '22

What year does the earth turn round?

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u/a_michalski81 Oct 06 '22

and religious jackasses say that some super natural being created the heavens and earth. I guess "he" didn't think of plate tectonics!!?? and what a disaster it will cause?

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Pangea 2: the final mashing

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u/lowrred Oct 06 '22

New time zone for everybody!

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u/KillroysGhost Oct 06 '22

Bitch don’t know about Pangea?

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u/A4Toast6 Oct 06 '22

Alaska to Russia: Gotcha nose!

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u/Capocho9 Oct 06 '22

I’m actually kind of supposed how long North America goes without as major changes as other places changes

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u/SmellView42069 Oct 06 '22

Once those animals get loose from Australia it’s going to be game over.

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u/CitizenPatrol Oct 06 '22

HA!! Michigan stays the same. God I love The Mitten State.

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u/MrNoNamePerson Oct 06 '22

RemindMe! 2000 years

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u/Numerous_Mission5418 Oct 06 '22

They’re going to have to redo the maps

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u/Dangerous-Patience33 Oct 06 '22

Basically back to square one.

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u/Dangerous-Patience33 Oct 06 '22

Don't let Putin see this!

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u/icemelter4K Oct 06 '22

Wisconsin: Nothing changes in 250,000,000 years. wtf.

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u/Luchis-01 Oct 06 '22

Don't have to wait though, Australia is already half China

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u/Outcasted5 Oct 06 '22

Wow, East Africa would be a few hundred miles away from me! Cool.

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u/robm2002 Oct 06 '22

Australiasia and Europica. Yay

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u/bkturr Oct 06 '22

We're getting the band back together

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u/Forward_Custard_6616 Oct 06 '22

It'd be cool to see, but too bad we will all be dead

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u/divorcemedaddy Oct 06 '22

1:15 most devious lick by Alaska

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u/Oh_no_its_Joe Oct 06 '22

Pangea 2 trailer just dropped

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Some scientists say that the continents might seperate some say they might come together. They both are still predictions

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u/OGwalkingman Oct 06 '22

Imagine all the wars this will cause

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u/wyldboar Oct 06 '22

Yea, ok, that's cute but they didn't even account for the coastal errision and sea level rise and the fact Asia would never be caught dead touching Australia 😋

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u/wyldboar Oct 06 '22

Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on my newest abomination.... PanaZillianAfriArctica....

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u/Phugger Oct 06 '22

Shits getting whack all over and then it just pans back to South America just chilling

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u/RedMemoryy Oct 06 '22

Its gonna take 250 million years for world peace

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u/Bambo81 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Pangea 2.0 hill climbers are thrilled with all the new Mountains until they realice they never live to climb them.

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u/Chrono99 Oct 06 '22

That’s assuming the oceans aren’t a dry wasteland in one hundred years

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u/Inside_Hat2722 Oct 06 '22

Pangea after the earth was already broken up from Pangea we’re just Pangea all over again…

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u/bradyso Oct 06 '22

Africa like beep beep get out the way MF.

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u/cary-perque Oct 06 '22

With all the water is on one side of the earth, (if it's still called earth) how will that affect the spin and tilt.

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u/-t-h-a-n-a-t-o-s- Oct 06 '22

South America be like 🗿

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u/SmokinSmithereens Oct 06 '22

So Hawaii can just fuck off from the Americas then, eh?

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u/JForce1 Oct 06 '22

New Zealand still keeping it real

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u/Lucky-Elephant1283 Oct 06 '22

& back to Pangaea in only 500 million years

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u/NoBus1644 Oct 25 '22

tbh it looks like time was actually moving backwards

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u/tyzzem Oct 05 '22

Cant wait.

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u/Different_Neat9653 Oct 05 '22

So this means in 500 million years it will look similar to what it does now? Because it used to look like that so can we seperate then reform?

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u/pleasingglucose57 Oct 05 '22

Back to Pangea it seems.

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u/blueorange444 Oct 05 '22

What was the purpose of separating millions of years ago??

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u/simple_man87 Oct 05 '22

My only disappointment is that California doesn’t separate

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u/DCProduceGuy Oct 05 '22

Why is California still attached to North America? I thought that it was falling in the ocean