Paranormal & Supernatural :  The Official GrahamHancock.com forums
For discussions of everything that might be classed as ‘paranormal‘ - i.e. not currently accepted by our modern scientific paradigm. 
Welcome! Log InRegister
The theory of continental drift is not based on observation of maps or charts. The concept was first suggested by Alfred Wegener (1880 to 1930) who was a German meteorologist. Wegener noticed that the outline of continents appeared to fit together; (i.e. he observed how the east coast of south America matches near perfectly the west coast of Africa). He had studied both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for rock type, geological structures and fossils – noticing that there was a significant similarity between matching sides of the continents, especially in fossil plants. Thus, in 1912 he publicised his ideas of continental drift where he proposed that the continents initially formed a single large land mass that he called ‘Urkontinent’ - German for "primal continent", analogous to the Greek "Pangaea".

Wegener’s thesis lacked an explanation for what force might drive the movement of continents and his idea was soundly rejected, sometimes ridiculed, by geologists and the scientific community at the time.

Wegener died on a polar expedition in 1930.

Quoting from Wikipedia:
In the early 1950s, the new science of paleomagnetism pioneered at the University of Cambridge by S. K. Runcorn and at Imperial College by P.M.S. Blackett was soon producing data in favour of Wegener's theory. By early 1953 samples taken from India showed that the country had previously been in the Southern hemisphere as predicted by Wegener. By 1959, the theory had enough supporting data that minds were starting to change, particularly in the United Kingdom where, in 1964, the Royal Society held a symposium on the subject.
The 1960s saw several relevant developments in geology, notably the discoveries of seafloor spreading and Wadati–Benioff zones, and this led to the rapid resurrection of the continental drift hypothesis in the form of its direct descendant, the theory of plate tectonics. Maps of the geomorphology of the ocean floors created by Marie Tharp in cooperation with Bruce Heezen were an important contribution to the paradigm shift that was starting. Wegener was then recognized as the founding father of one of the major scientific revolutions of the 20th century.
With the advent of the Global Positioning System (GPS), it became possible to measure continental drift directly.




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13-Sep-19 21:40 by Robert Jameson.

Options: ReplyQuote


Subject Views Written By Posted
Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 2951 Robert Jameson 14-Aug-19 02:40
The primacy of consciousness 285 Robert Jameson 14-Aug-19 11:29
Re: The primacy of consciousness 267 GramPong 14-Aug-19 12:08
Re: The primacy of consciousness 226 Robert Jameson 14-Aug-19 13:48
Re: The primacy of consciousness 216 GramPong 14-Aug-19 14:00
Time travel 247 Robert Jameson 14-Aug-19 14:32
Fact Checking the nonsense! 321 eyeofhorus33 14-Aug-19 21:10
Re: Fact Checking the nonsense! 236 Robert Jameson 15-Aug-19 05:32
More illinformed nonsense! 206 Robert Jameson 17-Aug-19 08:43
Mt Shoria in Russia - more illinformed nonsense! 202 Robert Jameson 18-Aug-19 12:56
Re: Fact Checking the nonsense! 195 CJD1965 29-Aug-19 01:05
Re: Fact Checking the nonsense! 180 Robert Jameson 29-Aug-19 02:25
Re: Fact Checking the nonsense! 183 CJD1965 29-Aug-19 21:58
Re: Fact Checking the nonsense! 223 Robert Jameson 30-Aug-19 05:24
Re: The primacy of consciousness 235 ldennyjr 14-Aug-19 17:24
Re: The primacy of consciousness 204 Robert Jameson 15-Aug-19 05:48
Re: The primacy of consciousness 195 ldennyjr 15-Aug-19 15:10
Linda Moulton Howe 222 Robert Jameson 16-Aug-19 00:38
Linda Moulton Howe 201 Robert Jameson 17-Aug-19 13:38
Re: Linda Moulton Howe 184 ldennyjr 17-Aug-19 22:54
Re: Linda Moulton Howe 145 Glass Jigsaw 21-Sep-19 21:43
Re: Linda Moulton Howe 155 Robert Jameson 22-Sep-19 00:23
Mod Note > Topic Moved 199 Dr. Troglodyte 14-Aug-19 16:44
Cosmic Consciousness Conference 195 Robert Jameson 17-Aug-19 13:50
Re: Cosmic Consciousness Conference 224 ldennyjr 17-Aug-19 22:57
Re: Cosmic Consciousness Conference 184 Robert Jameson 18-Aug-19 01:34
Re: Cosmic Consciousness Conference 181 ldennyjr 18-Aug-19 13:32
Re: Cosmic Consciousness Conference 186 Robert Jameson 18-Aug-19 15:19
Invitation to Linda Moulton Howe 169 Robert Jameson 20-Aug-19 12:50
Re: Invitation to Linda Moulton Howe 182 ldennyjr 20-Aug-19 12:58
Re: Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 230 Enigcom 17-Aug-19 19:47
Re: Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 196 Robert Jameson 18-Aug-19 13:01
Baalbek Megaliths 204 Robert Jameson 18-Aug-19 02:05
Uluru 199 Robert Jameson 19-Aug-19 03:11
Re: Uluru 204 Robert Jameson 19-Aug-19 08:28
Gomateshwara Statue - India 238 Robert Jameson 20-Aug-19 14:05
Re: Gomateshwara Statue - India 211 GramPong 21-Aug-19 11:25
Ancient megaliths left in the quarry 188 Robert Jameson 21-Aug-19 11:12
Recovery from catastrophe 187 Robert Jameson 23-Aug-19 02:45
Addressing other anomalies 189 Robert Jameson 24-Aug-19 01:00
Stuff just keeps on getting older ... 164 Robert Jameson 02-Sep-19 00:21
Continental drift 179 Robert Jameson 07-Sep-19 03:13
Re: Continental drift 172 hendrik dirker 11-Sep-19 07:47
Re: Continental drift 159 Robert Jameson 11-Sep-19 09:09
Re: Continental drift 161 ldennyjr 11-Sep-19 14:01
Re: Continental drift 145 Robert Jameson 13-Sep-19 00:27
Re: Continental drift 149 Glass Jigsaw 13-Sep-19 11:34
Continental drift - Alfred Wegener 151 Robert Jameson 13-Sep-19 13:07
Re: Continental drift - Alfred Wegener 153 Glass Jigsaw 13-Sep-19 13:47
Re: Continental drift - Alfred Wegener 179 hendrik dirker 14-Sep-19 08:20
Re: Continental drift - Alfred Wegener 146 Glass Jigsaw 14-Sep-19 09:30
Re: Continental drift - Alfred Wegener 154 Robert Jameson 14-Sep-19 13:39
Quantum physics - Nothing exists without consciousness 181 Robert Jameson 09-Sep-19 08:21
Re: Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 190 Jondun 09-Sep-19 12:30
Re: Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 171 Glass Jigsaw 09-Sep-19 16:47
Re: Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 185 Jondun 10-Sep-19 10:41
Re: Ancient artefacts that are hundreds of millions of years old? 171 Glass Jigsaw 10-Sep-19 11:21
The real and the incomprehensible 184 Robert Jameson 12-Sep-19 14:30
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 181 Glass Jigsaw 12-Sep-19 21:13
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 138 Robert Jameson 15-Sep-19 18:50
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 155 Glass Jigsaw 15-Sep-19 19:57
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 151 Robert Jameson 16-Sep-19 00:27
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 153 Glass Jigsaw 16-Sep-19 00:37
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 154 Robert Jameson 16-Sep-19 02:08
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 148 Glass Jigsaw 16-Sep-19 10:16
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 156 Robert Jameson 16-Sep-19 10:53
Re: The real and the incomprehensible 165 Glass Jigsaw 16-Sep-19 12:48
Messages from other worlds? 251 Robert Jameson 10-Sep-19 01:19
As above so below 161 Robert Jameson 14-Sep-19 10:35
Mudfossil Univerity 165 Robert Jameson 21-Sep-19 04:51
Re: Mudfossil Univerity 153 Robert Jameson 21-Sep-19 11:28
The Paranormal 150 Robert Jameson 24-Sep-19 03:11
Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 180 Robert Jameson 25-Sep-19 01:35
Re: Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 176 Glass Jigsaw 25-Sep-19 11:44
Re: Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 154 Robert Jameson 26-Sep-19 02:08
Re: Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 146 Glass Jigsaw 26-Sep-19 19:52
Re: Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 148 Robert Jameson 27-Sep-19 06:47
Re: Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 146 Glass Jigsaw 27-Sep-19 10:51
Re: Stunning aerial shots of India’s prehistoric art 161 Robert Jameson 01-Oct-19 02:46
Life on Mars 145 Robert Jameson 05-Oct-19 19:04
Re: Life on Mars 148 Eddie Larry 05-Oct-19 19:52
Re: Life on Mars 201 Robert Jameson 06-Oct-19 01:57
Intergalactic Energy Grid 157 Robert Jameson 06-Oct-19 01:37
Stuff just keeps on getting older - a lot older 82 Robert Jameson 21-Apr-20 08:08
Mod Caution > Off-Topic Post Split and Merged with Existing Duplicate Topic 57 Dr. Troglodyte 21-Apr-20 13:40
Re: Stuff just keeps on getting older - a lot older 60 KsFisher 21-Apr-20 16:28
Re: Stuff just keeps on getting older - a lot older 92 ldennyjr 21-Apr-20 16:50


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.