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Pangaea Oxide Earth Abstract Oil Painting by k Madison Moore


Pangaea - Oxide Earth

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Details: 18 x 18 inches Original Abstract Oil Painting
Gallery wrapped linen canvas hardwood panel
Colorful: Hues of Greens, Blues, Teal, Orange, Sienna, Gold, Yellow, Red, Rust.
Enhanced with Copper and Gold Metallics
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Pangaea

The name was first used by the German originator of the continental drift theory, Alfred Wegener, in the 1920 edition of his book The Origin of Continents and Oceans (Die Entstehung der Kontinente und Ozeane), in which a postulated supercontinent Pangaea played a key role.

Formation of Pangaea
Rodinia, which formed 1.3 billion years ago during the Proterozoic, was the supercontinent from which all subsequent continents, sub or super, derived. Rodinia does not preclude the possibility of prior supercontinents as the breakup and formation of supercontinents appears to be cyclical through Earth's 4.6 billion years.


Evidence of Pangaea's existence

Fossil evidence for Pangaea includes the presence of similar and identical species on continents that are now great distances apart. For example, fossils of the therapsid Lystrosaurus have been found in Gandu, South Africa, India and Australia, alongside members of the Glossopteris flora, whose distribution would have ranged from the polar circle to the equator if the continents had been in their present position; similarly, the freshwater reptile Mesosaurus has only been found in localized regions of the coasts of Brazil and West-Africa.
Additional evidence for Pangaea is found in the geology of adjacent continents, including matching geological trends between the eastern coast of South America and the western coast of Africa.
The polar ice cap of the Carboniferous Period covered the southern end of Pangaea. Glacial deposits, specifically till, of the same age and structure are found on many separate continents which would have been together in the continent of Pangaea.


There were three major phases in the break-up of Pangaea. The first phase began in the Early-Middle Jurassic, when Pangaea created a rift from the Tethys Ocean in the east and the Pacific in the west. The rifting took place between North America and Africa, and produced multiple failed rifts. The rift resulted in a new ocean, the Atlantic Ocean.

The Atlantic Ocean did not open uniformly; rifting began in the north-central Atlantic. The South Atlantic did not open until the Cretaceous. Laurasia started to rotate clockwise and moved northward with North America to the north, and Eurasia to the south. The clockwise motion of Laurasia also led to the closing of the Tethys Ocean. Meanwhile, on the other side of Africa, new rifts were also forming along the adjacent margins of east Africa, Antarctica and Madagascar that would lead to the formation of the southwestern Indian Ocean that would also open up in the Cretaceous.

The second major phase in the break-up of Pangaea began in the Early Cretaceous (150–140 Ma), when the minor supercontinent of Gondwana separated into four multiple continents (Africa, South America, India and Antarctica/Australia). About 200 Ma, the continent of Cimmeria, as mentioned above (see "Formation of Pangaea"), collided with Eurasia. However, a subduction zone was forming, as soon as Cimmeria collided.


8 comments:

  1. Wow--I don't know how you came up with the idea for this painting but it is just stunning.

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  2. Well, thanks you so much Rhonda. I have more coming.

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  3. I love this. It's spectacular. Another beautiful abstract. Keep 'em coming. RK

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  4. Thanks Rose. I love it too. Can't wait to see where it's new home will be.

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  5. Not only is your painting gorgeous, your information is fascinating, as well! I had never heard of the word "Ma" before (I do not believe that the word was used, or probably even created, back when I took geology in college), so I had to research to find out that it means "millions of years ago". The connection between your painting and your information was especially superior and fascinatingly informative tonight. Your beautiful painting made the complex information much more interesting, leaving me wanting to understand both better!

    You are much more effective than a college professor, yet your information comes in bits and pieces (thank heavens that it does or it would totally overwhelm me at times!) and your "illustrations" are all your own! Your pulling the two together is MUCH better than anything that I have ever seen in a college class, an independent lecture, or at any other learning situation at a higher level!

    Congratulations on your unique combination of art and learning! I am very am very proud to own several of your paintings!

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  6. To Anonymous,
    I know that's you Barbara,

    Here we are 10 days after you wrote this beautiful comment for me and you are not with us on this earth any more. I am grateful that I emailed you when I got his comment but now I want you to live on my blog as I know how much you loved art and how you always said art helped to take your pain away for awhile.

    Barbara, my friend, I am so sorry that you chose to leave us. All of the artists in the Daily Painters Gallery are honoring you today in our forum and on their blogs. You were a very sweet person and supported so many artists. They are all missing you already.

    Madison

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  7. This IS an amazing piece! I can see why she was so fascinated with it on so many levels!

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  8. Thank you Roxanne,
    I know you will especially miss her.
    We all will.
    Madison

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