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BALTICA was a late- Proterozoic , early- Palaeozoic continent that now includes the East European craton of northwestern Eurasia . Baltica was created as an entity not earlier than 1.8 billion years ago. Before this time, the three segments/continents that now compose the East European craton were in different places on the globe. Baltica existed on a tectonic plate called the Baltic Plate .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

* ~1.82 billion years ago, Baltica was part of the major supercontinent Columbia . * ~1.5 billion years ago, Baltica along with Arctica and East Antarctica were part of the minor supercontinent Nena . * ~1.07 billion years ago, Baltica was part of the major supercontinent Rodinia . * ~750 million years ago, Baltica was part of the minor supercontinent Protolaurasia . * ~600 million years ago, Baltica was part of the major supercontinent Pannotia . * ~ Cambrian , Baltica was an independent continent. * ~Late Ordovician , Baltica collided with Avalonia (most of modern Western Europe) * ~ Devonian , Baltica collided against Laurentia , forming the minor supercontinent Euramerica . * ~ Permian , all major continents collided against each other to form the major supercontinent Pangaea . * ~ Jurassic , Pangaea rifted into two minor supercontinents, Laurasia and Gondwana . Baltica was part of the minor supercontinent Laurasia. * ~ Cretaceous , Baltica was part of the minor supercontinent Eurasia . * ~Present, Baltica is part of the forming minor supercontinent Afro- Eurasia . * Around 250 million years from now, all continents may crash together, forming the major supercontinent Pangaea Proxima. Baltica would be part of Pangaea Proxima. * Around 450-600 Ma from now, Pangea Proxima will eventually rift apart. Baltica may break off.

SEE ALSO

* Baltic Shield * Main Uralian Fault

REFERENCES

* ^ Carl Zimmer (January 1997). "In Times of Ur". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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