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