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Euramerica (also known as Laurussia) was a minor supercontinent created in the Devonian by the collision of Laurentia and Baltica (Scandian Orogeny). Euramerica became part of the major supercontinent Pangaea in the Permian. In the Jurassic, Pangaea rifted into two continents Gondwana and Laurasia. Euramerica was part of Laurasia. In the Cretaceous, Laurasia rifted into the continents of North America and Eurasia. North America kept the Laurentian craton, while Eurasia kept the Baltican craton thus ending Euramerica. See continental drift. In geology, a supercontinent is a land mass comprising more than one continental core, or craton. ... Disambiguation: Devonian is also an adjective relating to the English county of Devon or the people there. ... Laurentia is the craton at the heart of North America. ... Baltica is the craton beneath northwestern Eurasia. ... The Scandinavian Mountains, in Swedish Skanderna, Fjällen (The Mountains) or Kölen and in Norwegian Kjølen, with the two latter meaning the Keel, are a mountain range that runs through the Scandinavian Peninsula. ... Orogeny is the process of mountain building, and as such is both a tectonic structural event, a geographical event and a chronological event, in that orogenic events happen within a time frame, affect certain regions of rocks and crust, and cause distinctive structural phenomena and related tectonic activity. ... Pangaea is also a 1974 album by Miles Davis. ... The Permian is a geologic period that extends from about 299. ... The Jurassic period is a major unit of the geologic timescale that extends from about 200 Ma (million years ago) at the end of the Triassic to 146 Ma at the beginning of the Cretaceous. ... Dymaxion map by Buckminster Fuller shows land mass with minimal distortion as only one continuous continent A continent (Latin continere, to hold together) is a large continuous mass of land on the planet Earth. ... [HELP! Needs re-writing. ... Laurasia was a supercontinent that broke off from the Pangaean supercontinent in the late Mesozoic era. ... The Cretaceous period is one of the major divisions of the geologic timescale, reaching from the end of the Jurassic period, about 146 million years ago (Ma), to the beginning of the Paleocene epoch of the Tertiary period (65. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the... African-Eurasian aspect of Earth Eurasia is the landmass composed of the continents of Europe and Asia. ... Laurentia is the craton at the heart of North America. ... A craton is an old and stable part of the continental crust that has survived the merging and splitting of continents and supercontinents for at least 500 million years. ... Baltica is the craton beneath northwestern Eurasia. ...


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Devonian Times - Euramerica Paleocontinent (577 words)
Euramerica (sometimes referred to as Laurussia) was formed during the Silurian with the joining of two earlier continents, Laurentia (cratonic North America) and Baltica (European Russia, Scandinavia, parts of Central Europe and most of the British Isles).
The Gondwana proposed by Scotese and McKerrow (1990) doesn't lie as far south and the areas closest to Euramerica include northwest Africa and southwest Europe.
The Acadian Orogeny is a salient geologic feature of Euramerica during the Devonian.
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