Early Observations
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Early Historic Observations of Continental Alignment…

 

Three well known historic scholars observed and noted in their research of the apparent match or “fit” between continental margins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean basin and hypothesized that they were once connected:Francis Bacon- Scientist, Lawyer (1561-1626). Today, Bacon is widely regarded as a major figure in scientific methodology and natural philosophy during the English Renaissance. He is largely credited with ushering in the new early modern era of human understanding.Alexander von Humbolt - Scientist, Explorer (1769-1859). He is recognized as the founder of the natural science disciplines as physical geography, climatology, ecology, and oceanography. His description of the continents in his masterpiece, “Cosmos, Draft of a Physical Description of the World”Alfred L. Wegner - Geophysicist, Meteorologist (1880-1930). During his lifetime he was primarily known for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar research, but today he is remembered as the originator of the theory of “continental drift” by hypothesizing in 1912 that the continents are slowly drifting around the earth (Kontinentalverschiebung). His hypothesis was controversial and not widely accepted until the 1960’s, when numerous technological discoveries (paleomagnetism, radiometric dating,deep sea drilling) provided strong support for continental drift, and thereby, a model for plate tectonics.

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