The Time When It Rained For Two Million Years

That's Why Rain Constantly Fell for Two Million Years

In a new episode of the PBS Digital Studios series Eons, host Blake de Pastino told why it rained for two million years during the late Triassic Period, the first period of the Mesozoic Era. The rains where are known as the Carnian Pluvial Event, which happened as Pangea started to separate and caused the total extinction of organisms that were ultimately replaced by the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Period.

At the beginning of the Triassic Period, with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world is hot, flat, and very, very dry. But then 234 million years ago, the climate suddenly changed for the wetter.

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