Numerous noteworthy changes in the world's geography took place during the Devonian Period. During this period, the world's land was split between two supercontinents, Gondwana and Euramerica (Rice). These vast landmasses sat relatively close to each other in a single hemisphere, while a vast uninterrupted ocean covered the remainder of the globe. These two supercontinents were completely surrounded by numerous subduction zones. The subduction zone between Gondwana and Euramerica set a major collision in motion that would later bring the two continents together to form the massive single continent, Pangaea (Rice).
In addition to ample global shifts, many important regional activities occurred. The continents of North America and Europe collided, resulting in massive granite formations as well as the formation of the Appalachian Mountains located on the eastern side of the North American continent. Extensive reef building produced some of the world's largest reef complexes (“More Info about the Devonian World”). These reefs were built in the equatorial seas between the two preexisting cont...
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