January 25, 2019
#2103: Midcontinent Rift System
[A map of North America shows the Midcontinent Rift System as a red line curving through the Great Lakes and down through the midwestern United States.]
1.1 billion years ago, the North American continent began to split in half.
[Black Hat stands at a lectern with a “Vote 2020” sign on it. He gestures to an image of the globe with a giant crowbar inserted in the rift with an arrow indicating applying pressure to widen the rift.]
Black Hat: We don’t know why it stopped. If elected, I vow to finish the job. Thank you.
[Ponytail, Black Hat, Megan, and Cueball walk to the right away from a set of stairs. Cueball is looking at a phone and Ponytail is looking at a device or paper with writing on it.]
Ponytail: Great job up there.
Black Hat: Thanks! How are my polling numbers?
Ponytail: Well, I’m seeing some weakness in the Midwest.
Black Hat: So am I. So am I.