Monday, 5 August 2013

Gondwana Land

I'm stretching the envelope here by calling this post Gondwana so I hope you will forgive me and come along for the ride! It wasn't long ago - just 300-500 million years ago that Gondwana included most of the landmasses in today's Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica, South America, Africa, the Australian continent as well as the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent, which have now moved entirely into the Northern Hermisphere. (Ancient Australian History)

I hope you have been watching the fascinating series on ABC entitled 'First Footprints' an astounding look at our indigenous ancestors and our land. Watching the land mass break with Tasmania and also Papua New Guinea and the ramifications of those separations for the indigenous inhabitants was fascinating.  If you have missed an episode then see them on ABC iview here  It's a must see - I highly recommend it. The 4 episodes covered:
Episode 1: The super nomads - 50,000 - 30,000 years ago
Episode 2: The great drought - 30,000 - 15,000 years ago
Episode 3: The great flood - 18,000 - 5,000 years ago
Episode 4: The biggest estate - 9,000 - 1788

And so with all of the above in mind I was driving the other day and spied 'Gondwana land' in the trunk of a tree. Tasmania has not yet split from the mainland! My friend kindly hung out the window to take a shot. Can you see Australia/Tasmania imprinted (probably by a car) into the trunk of the tree? (Let you imagination run free!)
Gondwana Land in a tall oak tree!
Well done to the photographer - we were in a moving car!

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