“What evidence is there to support Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift?

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“What evidence is there to support Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift?"

Alfred Wegener, born November 1st 1880, was a German scientist who took a great interest in meteorology and paleoclimatology and in 1905 graduated from the University of Berlin with a Ph.D. in Astronomy. His most notable work was the theory of continental drift. However his theory was highly controversial at the time as he had little evidence, but as technology enhanced neumerous discoveries were made which helped prove his idea of continental drift was true.

In 1912, Wegener published this theory that a single continent existed about 300 million years ago. He named his super-continent Pangaea, and maintained that it had later split into the two
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However from the 1940’s onwards, more evidence began to accumulate as more scientists like Holmes began investigating Wegener’s theory more thoroughly. As more scientists began to expose evidence that was not available to Wegener at the time when he presented his theory, it proved that Wegener could have been right. The mid – Atlantic ridge was discovered and later a similar feature in the Pacific Ocean. When examining the ocean crust on

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