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August 16, 2022

The Scottish Highlands, the Appalachians, and the Atlas Mountains are the same mountain range

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Say what?

From VividMaps:

The Central Pangean Mountains were a great mountain chain in the middle part of the supercontinent Pangaea that stretched across the continent from northeast to southwest during the Carboniferous, Permian Triassic periods. The ridge was formed as a consequence of a collision between the supercontinents Laurussia and Gondwana during the formation of Pangaea. It was similar to the present Himalayas at its highest elevation during the beginning of the Permian period.

It’s hard to imagine now that that the Scottish Highlandsthe Appalachiansthe Ouachita Mountains, and the Little Atlas of Morocco were all once part of the same mountain range.

During the Permian period, the Central Pangean were subjected to significant physical weathering, decreasing their peak height and forming many deep intermontane plains. By the Middle Triassic, the mountain sierras had been considerably reduced in size. By the beginning of the Jurassic period (200 million years ago), the Pangean chain in Western Europe had disappeared, becoming highland regions separated by deep marine basins.

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