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What is continental drift theory about?

Asked by anita, 14 Jan '08 10:04 pm
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Movement of the continents relative to each other
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 15 Jan '08 02:38 pm

 
  
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Continental drift refers to the movement of the Earth's continents relative to each other.
Frank Bursley Taylor had proposed the concept in a Geological Society of America meeting in 1908 and published his work in the GSA Bulletin in June 1910. Abraham Ortelius, Francis Bacon, Antonio Snider-Pellegrini, Benjamin Franklin, and others had noted earlier that the shapes of continents on either side of the Atlantic Ocean (most notably, Africa and South America) seem to fit together. The similarity of southern continent fossil faunae and some geological formations had led a small number of Southern hemisphere geologists to conjecture as early as 1900, that all the continents had once been joined into a supercontinent (now known as Pangaea). Frank Bursley Taylor suggested that the continents were dragged towards the equator by increased lunar gravity during the Cretaceous, thus forming the Himalaya and Alps on the southern faces.
Alfred Wegener was the first to use the phrase "continental d ...more
Answered by drdinesh sharma, 14 Jan '08 10:49 pm

 
  
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Movement of the continents relative to each other
Answered by Quest, 09 Jun '13 11:56 am

 
  
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Yeah i agree to arunraj....he has given Best answer. Id like to add that the drift was caused by movement (rotation) of earth.
Answered by Kuldeep Khatau, 14 Jan '08 10:38 pm

 
  
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The theory of continental drift was propounded by Alfred Wegner. According to the theory, landmasses on the surface of the earth are not static. He stated that initially there was only one supercontinent called Pangaea, which was surrounded by a huge ocean called Panthalssa. This supercontinent was then split into several continents and landmasses which are now seen everywhere. The continental drift states that the continents in the world are still drifting.
Answered by arunraj vs, 14 Jan '08 10:06 pm

 
  
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