Alfred Wegener: Pioneer of Plate Tectonics

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German scientist Alfred Wegener was a balloonist, Arctic explorer, and meteorologist, but he is best known for pioneering the study of plate tectonics with his theory of continental drift. In looking at a map, Wegener recognized that the coastlines of several continents fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, leading him to believe that all the continents had once formed a single landmass. He proposed that the landmass split apart because of a force he called continental drift. His theory formed the basis for the ...
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Overview

German scientist Alfred Wegener was a balloonist, Arctic explorer, and meteorologist, but he is best known for pioneering the study of plate tectonics with his theory of continental drift. In looking at a map, Wegener recognized that the coastlines of several continents fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, leading him to believe that all the continents had once formed a single landmass. He proposed that the landmass split apart because of a force he called continental drift. His theory formed the basis for the modern study of plate tectonics. For more information, read Plate Tectonics, another book in the Mission: Science series.
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Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
Like many other scientists, meteorologist and geologist Alfred Wegener's work was not truly appreciated until after his death. His theory of continental drift claims that the present-day continents were once connected in a super-continent called Pangaea. Wegener recognized that the continents appeared to fit together, and more importantly, that fossils of similar animals were found on continents separated by oceans. It was this theory that would lead to the study of plate tectonics. Greg Young personifies the passionate young Wegener, sharing anecdotes from his fascinating life. Wegener's life and contributions are explored, and the subsequent fields of plate tectonics, sea-floor spreading, and volcanology are discussed. The manuscript contains colorful photographs, historic images from Wegener's life, and explanatory graphics. Towards the end of the manuscript, Young includes Wegener's "Life and Work at a Glance," as well as a glossary, and a geology timeline. This biography is part of the "Mission: Science" series. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756542337
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: A Visit to...Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 991,920
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Puzzle Pieces 6

Young Explorer 8

Balloonist and Meteorologist 10

Theory of Continental Drift 16

Theory of Plate Tectonics 20

What We Know Now 24

Geophysicist: Mary Lou Zoback 28

Life and Work at a Glance 30

Important People in Geology 32

Geology Through Time 33

Glossary 36

Additional Resources 38

Index 39

About the Author 40

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