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Plate Tectonics: Wegener's Work

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Describe how Wegener's continental drift hypothesis has helped to shape modern plate tectonic theory, and why his hypothesis was not widely accepted by his peers when first proposed. Analyze the types of evidence used to support plate tectonic theory.

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1. About Wegener's theory - 100 words
2. Why it was controversial at his time - 100 words
3. Evidence of his work - 100 words

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Wegener's Continental Drift

Known as plate tectonics, Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift was presented in his work, 'The Origins of Continents and Oceans' in 1929. But it was early as 1912 when he first presented the idea to the German Geological Society, influenced no doubt from the work of earlier geologists Alfred Russell Wallace, Charles Lyell and James Dana. His work however is far more complete in that in built on known scientific observations built up to his time. His theory is explained thus (BBC, 2014), "the Earth's ...

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