Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to examine pieces of evidence for the Pangaea theory and use them to reconstruct the super continent.
- Divided into groups of 2.
- Label each continent.
- Cut out the continents.
- Try to reunite the Pangaea puzzle pieces based on the clues.
- Glue your finished Pangaea puzzle in place on a sheet of paper.
- There are some very prolific diamond mines in South Africa. What do you suppose the chances are that one could find diamonds in South America? Why?
- The coal deposits mined in Pennsylvania were formed from plants that grow in tropical climates. What does this suggest about where Pennsylvania was once located?
- The fit between Africa and South America along their coastlines is not exact. How might the fit be better?
- The cut you made along the northern edge of India is where the Himalayan Mountains are located. How do you think those mountains were formed?
- How would you evaluate the evidence in terms of your fit: Where was the evidence good and where was it bad?
- Does the evidence suffice, in your opinion, to support the theory of Continental Drift? Explain your answer.