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  • Wegener1880-1930earthobservatory.nasa.govAlfred Wegener first proposed the theory of continental drift.

  • Continental drift was Wegeners theory that all continents had once been joined together in a single landmass and have drifted apart since.Wegener named this supercontinent Pangaea. Wegeners theory was rejected by scientists because he could not explain what force pushes or pulls continents.Continental drift video clip

  • Fit of Continents Across the Atlantic

    Mountain ranges in South America line up exactly with those in Africa!

  • Notice how fossils lined up across continents!

  • Amazing Facts: Did you know...

    ...that India was once in the Southern Hemisphere connected to Antarctica? ...that North America was once surrounded by warm, tropical seas? ...that Africa was once covered by glaciers, which were kilometers in thickness? ...that the Sahara desert was once a tropical rain forest?

  • As North America has drifted to different latitudes, changing climates were experienced. This shows the changes in the state of New Mexico.An example of the proof for changing climate:At one time, the area that is New Mexico (and the rest of the USA was below the equator!

  • He could not find the force that was causing the continents to drift.Because of this, he could not convince anyone that continents could move.He died in Greenland on an expedition. At the time of his death, no one believed his hypothesis!Technology developed during the 1940s changed all that!

  • Discovery of Sea-Floor Spreading Sea floor spreading video clip

  • Sea-Floor Spreadingm.y. means million years agoNotice this compass. It is important for the next slide

  • As the sea floor spreads, the lava cools according to the magnetic poles at the time. The rocks on the ocean floor have proved that the earths magnetic field sometimes reverses. The inner core flips and so the north pole moves to the southern hemisphere! The earth itself does not flip.

  • What causes sea floor spreading? Convection currents!

  • Click here for a hyperlink to an animation of convectionBe sure to click the play button!

  • Animation of sea floor spreadingCan you explain this diagram!?

  • The place where two plates move apart or diverge is called a divergent boundary.

  • This is a model of sea floor spreading at a divergent boundary called a mid ocean ridge.

  • Did you know that the Earths longest mountain range is underwater and is called the mid-ocean ridge? : The Mid-Ocean Ridge system, shown above snaking its way between the continents, is more than 56,000 kilometers (35,000 mi) long. It circles the earth like the stitching on a baseball!

  • Continental crust diverging from continental

  • A convergent boundary is where two plates come together, or converge. The result of the plates hitting together is called a collision.

  • A transform boundary is a place where two plates slip past each other, moving in opposite directions.

  • San Andreas Fault in California

  • Continental crust to continentalContinental crust to oceanicOceanic crust to oceanic

  • from: crust to continental crust collisionIndia-Asia (Himalayas)Before collisionAfter collision

  • Because one plate gets pushed under another, it is called subduction. This is where volcanoes form!Oceanic crust colliding with oceanic crustOceanic crust colliding with continental crustall from:

  • The process by which the ocean floor sinks beneath a deep-ocean trench and back into the mantle is called

  • Plate tectonics video clipHere is an great link for seeing where each type of boundary is located.Click here for a great hyperlink! Make sure you click on each type of boundary in the key!

  • Worldwide Earthquake patterns help us know where the edges of plates are located

  • The Earths Plates

  • Here you see the two slides together. What do you see?




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