Map Reveals Where Modern Countries Would Be Located If Pangea Still Existed

Modern Pangea Map by Massimo Pietrobon

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When we think about the world as we know it, and how humans developed from pre-historic times, inevitably the word Pangea enters the discussion. This supercontinent, formed approximately 335 million years ago, slowly started to break apart around 175 million years ago into the continents we now know. In a day and age where borders are constantly on our mind, just who would have been our neighbors—and how would the world be different—if Pangea existed today?

It's a question Massimo Pietrobon had on his mind when he created Pangea Politica, a conceptual map demonstrating where modern countries would fall within Pangea if it still existed today. “Joining the world into one piece of land represents a return to unity with the planet and within the human race, in spite of the divisions that make our rulers quite comfortable,” Pietrobon writes.

And so, in Pietrobon's world, the United States cuddles up to Russia, while Africa dominates the map. Neighboring North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and the Middle East, Africa's imposing stature reminds us of just how large the continent really is. While the designer notes that the scale of some countries could be better—see this true size map to verify dimensions—for him, it is the concept that counts.

Where do you think we'd be today if Pangea had stayed together?

Modern Pangea Map by Massimo Pietrobon

Massimo Pietrobon: Website | Vimeo
h/t: [Open Culture]

All images via Massimo Pietrobon.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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