One Less Variable I Have To Keep Track Of

Pangea Ultima: Earth in 250 Million Years?
Credit & Copyright: C. R. Scotese (U. Texas at Arlington), PALEOMAP

In 250 million years from now, my research will be a little easier. Besides the insights that I will derive from a long-term database and 250 million years of publications, my database will be extremely simplified. Instead of all those pesky categories I have for ocean/basin…Atlantic, Indian, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, and Pacific. My future samples will be Pacific, Pacific, Pacific, and Pacific. In the distant future all the landmasses will once again be united into a Pangea Ultima or Pangea 2.0. What develops is a single, massive super ocean centered on the current Pacific.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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