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  • The Discoveries of Alfred Wegener

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    Alfred Wegener was the youngest of five children, and was born on November 1, 1880. His father was an evangelical minister who ran an orphanage. Wegener grew up in Berlin Germany, and as a young man always dreamed of exploring Greenland, and had an interest in meteorology at a very young age. Alfred attended Friedrich Wilhelms University where he obtained his degree, and later his Doctorates in Astronomy, but after he graduated, most of his focus was on the study of meteorology. In 1905 Alfred

  • Alfred Wegener and the Continental Drift

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    Alfred Wegener was a meteorologist and astronomer. He was the first scientist to introduce the theory of the continental drift. Wegener theorized that at one time the continents were one large landmass or Pangaea that had drifted apart. His ideas were initially rejected by other scientists. It was not until long after Wegener’s death that proof was obtained and his theory verified. The Life of Alfred Wegener Alfred was born in Germany in 1880 and led a very busy life. He received a PhD in astronomy

  • Alfred Wegener’s Biography

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    Alfred Wegener was born on November 1, 1880 in Berlin, Germany. Alfred Wegener was the youngest of five children to be born to Anna and Richard Wegener. However, only three of Ana and Richard Wegener’s children survived. Their names were: Alfred Wegener, Kurt Wegener, and Tony Wegener. Unfortunately, the two other children could not make it. Richard Wegener was an evangelical minister who ran an orphanage. At that time, the German Empire saw many advances of new technologies which included the airship

  • The Work and Life of Alfred Wegener

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    The Work and Life of Alfred Wegener Alfred Wegener was born on November 1st 1880, he studied the natural sciences at the University of Berlinreceiving a PhD in astronomy, graduating in 1904. As well as this qualification Wegener was knowledgeable in the areas of in geophysics and the newly developing fields of meteorology and climatology. He already played an active role in pioneering the scientific world in such things as the use of balloons to track air circulation, joining a trek to Greenland

  • Alfred Wegener's Biography

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    Alfred Wegener's Biography Alfred Lothar Wegener was born on November 1, 1880. He was interested in geophysics, and also became fascinated with the fields of meteorology and climatology. During his life, Wegener made several key contributions to meteorology; he pioneered the use of balloons to track air circulation, and wrote a textbook that became standard throughout Germany. In 1906 he joined an expedition to Greenland to study polar air circulation. Returning, he accepted a post as

  • Geography And The Evolution Of Species

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    Figure 1.1 showing continental drift. In 1915 Alfred Wegener who was a German geologist discovered identical fossils of plants and animals on different sides of the Atlantic. This led Wegener to believe that the continents were once connected. After Wegener’s findings scientists showed that plate tectonics caused continental drift which led to evolution of species. Figure 1.2 showing fossil remains found by Alfred Wegener Biogeographers were now able to identify that when the continents

  • Alfred Wegener's Continental Drift

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    Alfred Wegener was a German born scientist who, one day while looking at a world map, noticed that the coastline of the continents, separated by the Atlantic Ocean seemed to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. This observation, later lead him to hypothesize that the continents were at one time connected. This hypothesis created a heated debate in the scientific world. I will use this essay to provide a brief overview of Wegener’s life, his hypothesis and the criticism he received within the scientific

  • Unexplained Movement: Continental Drift

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    seismic activity since valleys were found along the ridge, rather than canyons. Wegener’s Theory Continental Drift was a far-fetched theory when German scientist Alfred Wegener first proposed it in 1915. At the time, many geologists were convinced “that the continents and ocean basins had fixed geographic positions.” (Lutgens Tarbuck 2014). Wegener was a meteorologist by profession, not a geologist. He studied the atmosphere and weather patterns (Hoffman 2012) and went on scientific expeditions to measure

  • Plate Tectonics

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    dismissed Taylor's idea, because there was just not enough proof. However, Taylor's idea was then backed up by a German scientist named Alfred Wegener. He proposed that the continents surrounding the Atlantic Ocean, Africa and South America fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. His broad range of studies enabled him to incorporate his theory of Plate Tectonics. Wegener, later in 1915 while in the German military published his idea that interpreted how his continental drift theory worked. He proposed that

  • The Scientific Method, A Cyclical And Self Correcting Process

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    collecting qualitative and quantitative evidence are important to make predictions and to develop a theory. Scientific breakthroughs do not happen overnight. Sometimes, the missing piece of the scientific puzzle takes years to discover. In 1915, Alfred Wegener proposed the theory of continental drift to explain the past and present location of the continents; however, his ideas were met with resistance because he could not provide evidence that would support his hypothesis. Later oceanographers, geologists