Gondwanaland


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a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into India and Australia and Africa and South America and Antarctica

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The ostrich's closest living relatives, the rheas, emu, cassowaries, kiwis, and tinamous, are found in the New World or islands of the southern hemisphere--and it's likely that they, too, rafted away on their own pieces of the former Gondwanaland.
And so it goes in this modern version of Gondwanaland, a world itself brought on largely by advances in science and engineering.
When the continents of the Southern Hemisphere that were once all part of the same Gondwanaland mass broke apart, each took with it genetic material related to plants on lands that drifted in other directions.
There are thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a light railway, set in a phenomenon of natural beauty: strings of coral atolls, floating in turquoise, that were once the peaks of a Gondwanaland mountain range known as Limuria, long covered by 21,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean.
XYTTYXAT the twelfth king of Gondwanaland who married the goddess Fahrenheit during the time of the waterquakes
Gondwanaland gradually split up into Antarctica, South America, Africa, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea.
The southern landmasses of Australia, Africa, and South America separated from a megacontinent called Gondwanaland about 80 million years ago, leaving Antarctica astride the South Pole.
On Tuesday look for ``The Haunted Forest,'' about strange giant insects and other natives of the Gondwanaland Forest in New Zealand.
Late Paleozoic glacial episodes in Gondwanaland reflected in transgressive-regressive depositional sequences in Euramerica.
Smuts' plant-gathering expeditions certainly served him to consecrate (and publicize) his periodic communions with nature, but botanical knowledge also enabled him to argue that the country's temperate flora did not spread from the North (like its tropical elements) but rather from some ancestral Gondwanaland hearth (Smuts 1925: 4).
At that time, the future continents of Australia, South America, Antarctica, and Africa were all joined into a single continent called Gondwanaland.
Millions upon millions of years ago when the region known today as Botswana was a part of the continent of Gondwanaland, huge deposits of carbon in the earth's fiery core were compacted under massive pressure, crystallised and transformed into diamonds -- nature's most precious and hardest of all gems.
Madagascar, which lies about 250 miles off the east coast of southern Africa, broke off and floated away from the huge continent known as Gondwanaland some 150 million years ago.
When Australia broke off from Gondwanaland, it moved north towards Asia, as did many smaller pieces of land that make up Indonesia today.
When Pangea began to break up, the northern and southern halves, Laurasia and Gondwanaland, were separated by a large body of water--the Tethys Sea.