Imagine if you will, the collision of continents, the earth itself moving beneath you as one continent swallows another. Fiery eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, and the sea around you churning with tidal waves the size of which are indescribable. Then, in an about face, the massive continents began to separate again, creating the present day Atlantic Ocean. Such was the scene at the area of Newfoundland we visited today. Of course, all of this took a mere hundreds of millions of years, so the drama I described might have been a bit more, shall we say, low key. The continents did collide, and the sea floor did get pushed to the surface to create the mountains known as the Tablelands, and the landforms separated again causing the Atlantic Ocean to form, but if you had lived long enough to witness the whole thing you might not have noticed the change for some time. There is a reason the term “geologic time scale” means a very long time.