Scene 1: Introduction
What happens: After the narrators introduce the content, Wegener attempts to convince the doubter that the locations of mountain ranges of today reveal evidence for Pangea. Wegener also describes new mountain ranges like the Himalayas that did not exist during Pangea. The mountains dance out the story before the doubters chorus arrives.
Narrator 1: Mountain ranges.
Narrator 2: The mountains at the time of Pangea were very different than those today.
Narrator 1: Some mountains, like the Himalayas and Mount Everest do not exist because India and Asia have not collided.
Narrator 2: Other ranges like the Appalachians of North America, the Atlas Mountains of Africa, and the Caledonians of Europe are all part of a single mountain range.
Narrator 1: When Pangea split apart, these mountain ranges were spread to the continents.
Wegener: Do you see it?
Wegener: Let me show you again. At the time of Pangea, Mountains stretched over North America, Europe and Africa. When Pangea broke apart,the mountains traveled with the continents. These mountains became the Appalachians in the US, the Atlas in Africa, and the Caledonians in Europe.
Wegener: And do you know about Mount Everest and the Himalayas?
Doubter: Of course, tallest mountains in the world!
Wegener: Did you know they didn’t exist in Pangea?
Wegener: Yes. Mount Everest and the Himalayas didn’t form until after Pangea broke apart and India crashed into Asia.
Doubter: Hey doubters!
Scene 11. Mountain Evidence
Description: Dancers presents correlation of mountains across continents. Hess will then go into more detail.
Music: “Celtic” by Nathalie Manser & the Moscow.
Props/Costumes: “Mountain” t-shirts & gloves.
Spotlight on Narrators, Wegener, Doubter. Warm lights on mountains.
The scientific journey
If we look at a map of the world at the time a Pangea, a great mountain chain exists that stretches across what would become North America, Europe and Africa. When Pangea split apart, these mountains would end up on different continents with different names. These names are the Appalachians in North America, the Atlas in Africa, and the Caledonians in Europe. The Himalayas and Mt. Everest form long after Pangea breaks up at the time when India crashes into Asia.