Gondwana is long gone, but the rocky remnants of the dino-era super continent still fit together like pieces of an enormous jigsaw puzzle.
Australian geologists recently put that puzzle back together using a computer simulation. The digital model improved maps of how India, Australia and Antarctica fit together 165 million years ago and could lead to fossil fuel deposits.
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From approximately 510 to 180 million years ago, Africa, South America, India, Australia and Antarctica formed a single land mass named Gondwana. The internal forces of the Earth eventually shattered the massive continent in a process known as plate tectonics.
The break up of Gondwana cracked some geologic formations into pieces, leaving portions on now widely-separated land masses. The Australian geologists looked for these broken rock and mineral formations on India, Australia and Antarctica. A computer synthetically stitched the cracked continent back together by aligning these broken geologic formations.