Will Continents Join Together in the Future?

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In summary, according to the author, the continents will continue to drift and eventually merge together, leading to the eventual destruction of the universe.
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Sorry, very stupid question though, but will our continents drift and join together trillion years later on ? thank you.
 
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in a trillion years, the universe will cease to exist
 
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Why do you think so ?
 
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heat death, big crunch, big rip, other theories. All about the universe being 'destoryed'

nothing about the universe surviving

estimated life time is another 15 billion years
 
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MillionYrsFromNow said:
Sorry, very stupid question though, but will our continents drift and join together trillion years later on ? thank you.

I don't know about a trillion years on, but continental drift could allow continents to merge back together to form a supercontinent, much like the old supercontinent of Pangea. Its not certain, as predicting the movement of tectonic plates in the distant future isn't possible.
 
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I don't know about a trillion years on, but continental drift could allow continents to merge back together to form a supercontinent, much like the old supercontinent of Pangea. Its not certain, as predicting the movement of tectonic plates in the distant future isn't possible.
I find it highly unlikely. One of the factors contributing to continental drift (one of the factors about which geologists are quite certain) is the fact that heat gets trapped under continents. Heat escaping from the mantle radiates outward through the crust of the earth. Where the continents protrude up out of the oceans, the crust is thicker, so the heat does not radiate out as rapidly as it does in places where the crust is thinner. The continents behave like a blanket, trapping the heat in.

This in turn causes greater upheaval under the spot where the continent rests. It is thought that this mechanism is responsible for the initial breakup of the original supercontinent. I think this same phenominon would push the continents apart if they ever started to occupy the same area together.
 
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accumulating heat under continents has and will continue to 'fracture' large continental masses. at some point in the future, that heat (which also drives plate tectonics) will diminish and the continents will be locked into place.

erosion will then erode all the mountains and then subsequent highlands and we will be left with an Earth's surface composed of water only.
 

Related to Will Continents Join Together in the Future?

1. Will all the continents eventually merge into one large landmass?

No, it is highly unlikely that all the continents will merge into one large landmass in the future. The process of continental drift, which is responsible for the movement of continents, is a very slow process that takes millions of years. Additionally, the current distribution of continents is a result of the Earth's unique tectonic plates and their movement, which is constantly changing and may not result in a single landmass.

2. Is it possible that new continents will form in the future?

Yes, it is possible that new continents may form in the future. Continents are created through the process of continental rifting, where tectonic plates move apart and new landmasses are formed. This process is currently happening in the East African Rift, which could potentially lead to the formation of a new continent in the future.

3. Will the continents continue to drift apart?

Yes, the continents will continue to drift apart in the future. This is due to the constant movement of tectonic plates, which is driven by the Earth's internal heat and convection currents in the mantle. However, the rate of drift is very slow, typically only a few centimeters per year.

4. Can humans influence the movement of continents?

No, humans do not have the ability to influence the movement of continents. The process of continental drift is a natural geological process that is driven by forces within the Earth. While human activities such as mining and oil drilling may cause small-scale disturbances, they do not have a significant impact on the movement of continents.

5. Will the continents ever rejoin to form a supercontinent?

Yes, it is possible that the continents may rejoin to form a supercontinent in the future. This has happened multiple times in Earth's history, with the most recent supercontinent being Pangaea, which existed around 335 million years ago. However, the exact timing and configuration of future supercontinents is uncertain and will depend on the movement of tectonic plates.

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