Amasia Could Be Earth's Next Supercontinent

Scientists predict that Earth's next supercontinent will combine Asia with the Americas, and they've named this landmass Amasia. Theoretically, in hundreds of millions of years, Amasia would lay across the Northern Hemisphere after Asia collided with the Americas. This would occur after Earth lost the Arctic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea due to the movement of tectonic plates. Earth has already been home to at least three other supercontinents at different points in time: Pangaea, Rodinia, and Nuna. Learn more about supercontinents with the videos below.

What Is The Future Of The Continents?

A breakdown of the possible union between Asia and the Americas.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Continents shift by about 36 millimeters every year. 01:26

  2. In hundreds of millions of years, the Americas and Asia could collide to form a new supercontinent, called Amasia. 02:53

  3. In the year 2100, there could be as many as 16 billion people living on Earth. 04:34

What Was Pangea?

There's a lot of compelling evidence that all the continents were once joined.

The Super Continents Before Pangea

There were a bunch, and they started with Vaalbara.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Vaalbara is a theoretical supercontinent that may have been the first supercontinent on Earth. 01:04

  2. The breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia may have caused an ice age known as "Snowball Earth." 02:47

  3. Soon after the dinosaurs went extinct, Europe and North America were still part of the same continent. 05:43

Written by Curiosity Staff November 11, 2015

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