Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Primitive Ocean Names
Name: N/A
Status: Student
Age: 13
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: N/A 


Question:
What was the ocean surrounding the super continent called?



Replies:
Today we call it the Panthalassa Ocean, from Greek words Pan = all, Thalassa = oceans.

However, since people haven't been around that long (including the Greeks, who probably didn't know of a supercontinent since they likely didn't know about the American continents) , it wasn't called anything back then.

Don
Donald Yee Ph.D.



Click here to return to the Environmental and Earth Science Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory