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One pretty cool geological fun fact is that the Scottish Highlands, the Appalachians, and the Atlas are the same mountain range, once connected as the Central Pangean Mountains

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That’s why there are stretches of the International Appalachian Trail walking route in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
i want a fantasy plot whose big twist hinges on continental drift

like---an underground dwarven megacity split in four that used to all be one city but cracked apart over the eons and kept developing in its own way
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
Cool. My ancestors were Scottish Highlanders. Then, moved to Appalachians.
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It seems really counter-intuitive that a continent split ON a mountain range.
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The suture line - marking the point where the Iapetus Ocean closed and England and Scotland docked, can be seen at the surface - on the Isle of Man and Shannon Estuary in Co. Limerick across to Clogherhead in Co. Louth in Ireland.
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Learning about continental drift was by far the most jaw-dropping moment in my education. Wondrous planet.
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A more accurate map. The Atlantic Plain in the U.S. is mostly made of material eroded from the old mountain range. pic.twitter.com/ioFDmEjTIG
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1/I don't know where the author got their info that the Appalachian Mountains extended to present day Florida, but it's possible I guess. These mountains formed 480 million years ago and at their max, rose as high as present day Rocky Mountains or the Alps.
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And were as high as Himalayas, before erosion took over.
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There are no "British Isles". It's an unacceptable political claim.
This explains so much about why this lad from the Appalachian foothills feels at home in the Scottish Highlands! ♥️ golfcourseindustry.com/article/home-h…
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So, I guess the mid-atlantic ridge is pushing the americas and europe/africa apart. Its the largest geographic feature on the planet and spans from the N. to the S. pole. The plates move at the same rate fingernails grow. In the Pacific, there is plate seduction and earthquakes
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Florida was once a mountain range? This is a properly wow tweet by the way - i had no idea
The same Mountain range...!
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Imagine how much bigger the Pacific Ocean would have been back then..
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The only mountain in Florida is Space Mountain in Disney World.
Finally! I’m Northern, I can finally band with Scotland and petition to leave the rest of this island behind.

United Central Pangean Mountain States, here we come.
I always like to tell people I’m close to home, just a couple hundred million years away.

(Grew up in DC, living in Scotland.)
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
There is one really small island on the west coast of Newfoundland, named Red Island because the soil is exactly the same type you find on Prince Edward Island.
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
I once met a geologist in Connemara who was thrilled to have found a bit of Newfoundland.
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Are they also not older than the rings of Saturn?
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One could speculate that the range was formed by the underlying tectonic plates forcefully driving together before they ultimately separated
This is also why northern Britain, Norway and Appalachia have large amounts of coal. Big equatorial mountain make big green wet swamps.
This is a very interesting fact indeed !
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
Awesome. So they have matching geology? Can't believe how plate tectonics has transformed the earth's surface. See Pangea cruise lines...
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I accept that they were once all connected, but debate their original name—Central Pangean Mountains. Were aliens here to name them because it sure wasn’t Homi Sapiens back then.
Bet the A9 was murder back then as well
What a great account to follow....
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
Wow. Missed that before. The earth may not be alive as defined by life but it is alive.
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
Very cool geological fact my husband reminded me of this August when we toured Scotland.
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I like facts like these 😊.
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Being full of useless trivia myself I find your tweets very informative
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
There is a subterranean trench which encompasses the the earth twice, what caused this. No amount of radial shrinkage could cause it. No force acting from within the earth could cause it. something has twisted the planet.
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
FIRST TIME to know where caledonian mountains are. is it likely the name sake for the caledonian orogenic movement?

it’s true i was there
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Very interesting but the map is close to @TerribleMaps territories…
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They were as tall as the Himalayas and at the equator. Imagine how much rain they wrung out of the atmosphere.
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And everywhere in England and Wales that has mountains...
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I thought Florida is porous limestone?
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Fascinating. I wonder how the different peoples got on together in that one big landmass? I'm guessing quite peaceably with no borders or isolating bits of surrounding seas. Are we all still drifting apart or will we join up again?
That’s a fascinating fact.
Queste sono le cose che mi fanno andare fuori di testa 🧡🧡🧡
Il Folk e il Blues, cioè la base di gran parte della musica che ascoltiamo, sono nati dentro quella faglia.
Pangaea's cool and all with those ancestral continents all lumped up together - but if somebody made a globe of that it seems like half of it'd be nothing but ocean
Which is geophysically dissonant
#geology #history #geography , hence culture . the Central Pangean Mountains , via @Rainmaker1973
I knew the Scotland-Greenland connection, which was 🤯 enough.

This is next level 🤯
Does it make England the center of the world.
cool... and enlightening...
Look at us, bang in the middle
Richard Burton is the one explaining it the best

Yo I love this fact. That’s why the Appalachians are shorter than the Rockies, cuz they’re so much older
In reply to @Rainmaker1973
Yep that's about the size of Great Britain, but the colonies or as the locals like to call it the north america's, look way to big ;-) Thank's for the info.
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My view of the Appalachian Mts. Cool stuff. pic.twitter.com/o8GEUMzXL2
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That explains kilts and banjos.
While people express concern that the sun will run out of hydrogen and envelop the earth the plates may cause more damage than climate change. ^..^
I didn't really follow the news in those days, and I've never been good at geography, so I didn't notice.
I didn’t know this! Fascinating!
Just learned something!
Vivant aux pieds des contreforts de l'Atlas🇲🇦 une bonne partie de l'an, je l'ai bien 🤩 & saoulé avec ça mes gosses tout le long de notre roadtrip estival en remontant les Appalaches des 🇺🇲au🇨🇦 🤣 Ils n'en pouvaient plus... #MamanRelou #MamanAutiste #MamanEstAutisteEtElleDéchire
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