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Trees, Dinosaurs and Sharks — Everything Younger than the Appalachian Mountains

Move over, Lydian coins, Stromatolites and Euphoria star Alexa Demie — Over the past few days, another surprisingly old entity has managed to shock the broader TikTok zeitgeist with its advanced age: The Appalachian mountains.

Earlier this week, @groovygeologist,TikTok’s resident geology influencer — a title that is equally real *and* badass — took to her platform of more than 435,000 followers to share a very important lesson about the history of our planet — the Appalachian mountains are old … like *REALLY* old.

Predating the grand canyon, land animals and even “Take Me Home, Country Roads” artist John Denver as @groovygeologist cared to note at the end of her now-viral clip, the Appalachian mountains have existed for nearly 500 million years, a testament to their pre-Pangea origins.

"The Appalachian Mountain range began forming around 480 million years ago when seas within Laurentia ancient North America) closed up as island arcs collided with the continent, leading up to the massive collision with Gondwana (ancient Africa) as Pangea formed,” she explained in her video, which has since garnered more than 375,000 views in its first day on the platform.

What can I say — That … ROCKS (I am so sorry)
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@groovygeologist The Appalachian Mountain range began forming around 480 million years ago when seas within Laurentia (ancient North America) closed up as island arcs collided with the continent, leading up to the massive collision with Gondwana (ancient Africa) as Pangea formed. #geology #geologichistory #appalachia #appalachian #mountains #johndenver #blueridgemountains ♬ Che La Luna - Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses
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