Why Is There So Much Land In The North?

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Most of Earth’s land is currently in the northern hemisphere because we happen to exist in a time where uneven heating in the mantle has pushed many continental plates northward.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Continental drift: An early theory of land movement that posited that the continents floated on the ocean bed.
– Tetrahedral hypothesis: An early theory that attempted to explain the arrangement of Earth’s continents and oceans based on the geometry of a tetrahedron.
– Plate tectonics: The generally accepted theory that the Earth’s surface is made up of a series of tectonic plates that slowly move around on top of the mantle.
– Pangea: The most recent supercontinent to form on Earth, during the late Paleozoic era.
– Great Rift Valley: A series of contiguous geographic trenches between two tectonic plates where humans first evolved.
– Aurica: A potential future supercontinent predicted to form in about 200 million years.

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