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su·per·con·ti·nent

 (so͞o′pər-kŏn′tə-nənt)
n.
A large continent that, according to the theory of plate tectonics, broke up into smaller continents. Gondwana and Laurasia were supercontinents.
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supercontinent

(ˈsuːpəˌkɒntɪnənt)
n
(Geological Science) a great landmass thought to have existed in the geological past and to have split into smaller landmasses, which drifted and formed the present continents
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su·per·con·ti·nent

(so͞o′pər-kŏn′tə-nənt)
A large continent that, according to the theory of plate tectonics, is thought to have split into smaller continents in the geologic past. Pangaea and Gondwanaland are supercontinents. See Note at Gondwanaland.
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The project, named after the ancient supercontinent, aims to train European and Russian astronauts and spaceflight engineers and make them capable enough to explore and study geological conditions prevailing in alien environments.
Conceived in 2013, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims at nothing less than connecting--or under some interpretations, reconnecting--the Eurasian supercontinent. This is to be done by land and sea "Silk Roads", using infrastructure and industry, led at least initially by Chinese official financing.