According to the researchers, as the Pacific Ocean shrinks in the next 20 to 300 million years, Asia will collide with America to form a new landmass. This may give rise to a supercontinent, which scientists have named ‘Amasia’.
Researchers from Curtin University in Australia and Peking University in China used a supercomputer to model future land formations. they did their Research found that due to a change in tectonic plates, Asia could collide with America.
Dr Chuan Huang, lead author of the paper published in National Science Review, said that Earth’s continents collided together to form a supercontinent every 600 million years, a phenomenon known as the supercontinent cycle. This means that the current continents are about to do it again in a few million years.
Our results suggest that if the Pacific Ocean shrinks, the collision of Asia and the Americas could lead to the birth of a new supercontinent. Scientists also believe that the continent of Australia can also play a role in this collision. Australia is expected to collide with Asia and if it happens, it will connect Asia and America and the Pacific Ocean will be closed. Scientists have said that the new supercontinent will first form in the northern hemisphere and then gradually move south towards the equator. If this happens, it means that Antarctica will be left alone at the South Pole. These facts of scientists are based on computer modeling and can be helpful for future research.