Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Laurasia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1367

Laurasia is also known as the ‘northern supercontinent’ and was a supercontinent that existed in the northern hemisphere. Laurasia was a combination of Laurentia (North America and Europe) and Asia. It was separated from the southern supercontinent (Gondwana) by the Mediterranean Sea (Tethys Ocean). Over the past 150 million years, Laurasia was reorganized and due to the growth of the Atlantic Ocean, North America split from Laurasia, but a block that split from Gondwana that included Indo-Pakistan, Qinghai-Tibet, Iran and Turkey merged with Laurentia to form the present continent of Eurasia.

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