- Break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana 130 Million years ago could have lead to a completely different world
- Would have dramatically altered shape of the African and South American continent
Australian researchers say the break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 Million years ago could have lead to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent.
They say the move would have left a huge ocean south of today's Sahara desert, creating a South Atlantic and a Saharan Atlantic Ocean.
Geoscientists from the University of Sydney and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences used sophisticated plate tectonic and three-dimensional numerical modelling to recreate the shift - but with a different twist.
The researchers say the shift that left Africa it its present location was almost very different.