Hundreds of Millions of Years Ago, Continents Collided -- In Connecticut

Feb 10, 2015

Imagine Connecticut: mountains as high and as sharp as the Himalayas, volcanic activity, and ancient earthquakes shaking the ground -- much more powerful than those we feel today. To understand how this happened, we need to dial the clock back just a little bit... about 300 million years.

That's when the supercontinent of Pangea was taking shape, and an ancient landmass housing modern-day Africa and South America had slammed into Connecticut's coast. 

The collision drove up mountains and transformed the North American landscape. It also formed a rock boundary in Connecticut called the Lake Char fault zone.

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