Can you reassemble a super-continent from a 'jigsaw puzzle'? In this ELI, the teacher introduces the idea that the continents have not always been in their present positions by asking pupils to look for the apparent match in the coastlines of Africa and South America. (If a globe is available, this will reduce any distortion from the representation of the continents on a flat atlas page).
Ask what evidence pupils would look for which might demonstrate that the continents once really had been together, rather than the match being a
mere coincidence. (Pupils might suggest: fossils
of comparable land animals that could not have swum across an ocean; rocks of the same type and age that match; fold belts which seem to stop at the coast, only to appear again on the other side of the intervening ocean; evidence of ancient climates, such as red desert beds or rocks formed in tropical forest environments, etc.).
The jigsaw puzzles are supplied with the activity.
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