The pattern of continents/oceans versus the pattern of life on Earth: How can the link between continental patterns and life on Earth be explained (PDF)

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Paleontologist at Dinosaur National Monument

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  • Classroom Activities


Earth Learning Idea (ELI)


This is a modelling task, involving drawing and counting, to enable pupils to visualise the effects of different numbers of continents on global biodiversity. The activity enables pupils to account for the findings in terms of the effects of differing numbers of continents and areas of shallow sea on evolution and extinction.

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