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Figure 30. Schematic diagram of continental spreading from the Neoproterozoic Era to the present time (Cenozoic Era). The coalesced Rodinia supercontinent (Neoproterozoic Era) was followed by the breakup of the Rodinia supercontinent during the middle Paleozoic Era, the recoalescence into the Pangea supercontinent (middle Paleozoic Era), and the subsequent breakup of the Pangea supercontinent into Gondwana in the southern Hemisphere and Laurasia in the Northern Hemisphere during the late Paleozoic Era. Subsequent fragmentation and continental drift produced the current configuration of the continents. Modified from Servais and others (2009, p. 5, fig. 11B).