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Early Cretaceous


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Early Cretaceous


General

The Cretaceous Period was a time of considerable geological activity.

In the Early Cretaceous the supercontinent, Gondwanaland began to break up:

  • India began to move north;
  • the North Atlantic began to open;
This was marked by widespread volcanism and had significant consequences on the distribution of plants and animals across the Earth's surface.

There were polar land masses such as North Alaska (in Arctic Circle) and South Australia (in Antarctic Circle) and sea levels were 25 m higher than they are today.


Climate The Early Cretaceous Wealden freshwater sediments and plants of Europe indicate warm humid conditions.

 
 

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