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  • Essay On Plate Tectonics

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    Plate tectonics is the theory that the exterior layer of the earth's (lithosphere) is separated into multiple plates that are continuously moving around the earths surface. (Fichter, 2000). The theory looks at the way plate tectonics have divided, clashed and been altered throughout human history. (Plate Tectonics, 2018). The theory of plate tectonics has been in the making for 400 years by multiple scientists and geologists. Plate tectonics started as a small idea, only having the slightest bit

  • Theory of Plate Tectonics as a Paradigm Shift

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    proponents of the new idea but it came in time and after much debate. Shifting from one theory to another after the original idea has existed and been accepted for so long never sits well with scientists. This same shift of ideas is true for Alfred Wegener and his theory of Pangaea and plate tectonics. Wegener’s theories gave a plausible explanation for the presence of the same species of fossils found on two different continents. His theory refuted the current theory of huge land bridges that

  • Significance Of The Continental Drift Theory

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    Alfred Lothar Wegener was born on November 1, 1880 and earned a Ph.D in astronomy in 1904. However Wegener had always been fascinated in climatology and meteorology. (According to ucmp.berkeley.edu) In the autumn of 1911, Wegener was browsing in Marburg university’s library and found a scientific paper that listed fossils of identical animals and plants found on opposite sides of the Atlantic ocean. With further searching he was able to prove that his theory of “Continental Drift” could have been

  • Continental Drift And Plate Tectonics

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    tectonics theory came to a gradual acceptance through the evolution of scientific thought and acceptance whereby the idea of mobile continents increased understanding of earthquakes and thus technology to minimise the effects. It was clear that as Wegener had put forward his theories, most of the geologists had deferred his statements calling them vulnerable as his commitment and dedication had somehow prevented him from accepting the impossibility of his thoughts (Lake 1923). However it was his persistence

  • Scientific Method: The Continental Drift Hypothesis and Plate Tectonic Theory

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    The continental drift hypothesis is an example of how a hypothesis is made based on observation. It also shows how contemporaries can reject hypotheses until substantial evidence is found. The continental drift hypothesis was first introduced by Alfred Wegener in 1914. He suggested that at one stage in time, all of the continents were combined together as one, which he named ‘Pangaea’, and they eventually drifted apart to be in the positions they are at today (see figure 1.0 below). This came from the

  • Plate Tectonics and Our Supercontinental Past

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    supercontinent disassembled causing two major events. One event is known as Snowball Earth and the other is the evolution of primitive life. Fast forward seven-hundred-million years and the next supercontinent formed, this one known as Pangaea. Alfred Wegener, a geo-scientist from the early twentieth century, proposed the continental drift theory, hypothetically explaining how this event did occur. Assuming that these plates do in fact shift and move, the explanations of plate boundaries allows for

  • THE CONTRACTING EARTH THEORY: AN OUTDATED UNIFYING PARADIGM IN EARTH SCIENCES

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    and vice versa. Suess (1885, Vol. 1, p. 778) said that “the collapse of the world is what we are witnessing”. This paper reviews the Contracting Earth Theory. INTRODUCTION The Contracting Earth Hypothesis was once a dominant paradigm in geology (Wegener, 1929). The origins of this theory can be found in the works of European scientists such as Constant Prévost [d.1856], Henry de la Beche [d.1855] and Léonce Élie de Beaumont [d.1874] (Greene, 1982). James Dwight Dana [d. 1895], an American geologist

  • The Shifting of Pangea

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    that would fit together to complete the puzzle. In 1912, Alfred Wegener, a German scientist and an adventurer, came up with a theory that the continents had once been part of a “supercontinent”. Wegener proposed that, over 200 million years, what he called Pangea had separated and became individual pieces. Pangea means “all lands” in Greek, and that is what Pangea was, a very large landmass when all of the continents were connected. When Wegener first proposed this idea in 1912, people did not buy into

  • The Study of the Relationships Between People and Different Aspects of Society

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    the sciences (World History Connected, n.d). Factors based on fossils, organisms, languages or the changing environment. Scientists are able to analyze data and make unbiased, factual opinions. They may answer the questions proposed in history. Alfred Wegener developed the continental drift theory, he suggested that all the continents of the world were originally joined. This statement based on geographical characteristics that were similar, but found on di...

  • Plate Tectonics Essay

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    Antarctica as well as many smaller, microplates such as the Arabian Plate and Indian Plate. Plate tectonic theory began in 1915 and was first suggested by Alfred Wegener with his theory of continental drift. Wegener proposed that the continents moved through crust of ocean basins, which made them look like they fit together like a puzzle. Wegener was not the first one to notice that the edges of different plates are really similar and seem able to fit each other. Magellan and other early explorers