Alfred Wegener

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Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener1880-1930By Matt Olson

Alfred Wegener was born in Berlin, Germany, in November 1,1880. He was a German meteorologist and geophysicist that developed the first theory of continental drift.He died in Greenland from heart failure while celebrating his 50th birthday. His idea was first ignored but it has been proven right by seafloor spreading in the 1960s.

Wegener was not schooled in geology. He earned his doctorate in Astronomy, but his true passion was field work of meteorology and arctic exploration. He became the director of the Meteorological Research Department of the Marine Observatory at Hamburg. Later he became the chair of the meteorology and geophysics at the University of Graz in Austria.

Around the 1910 he gained an interest in the ancient history of the Earth's continents and their placement. In 1911 Wegener also came across several scientific documents stating that there were identical fossils of plants and animals on some of the continents. He later stated that all the contenents where all togather to form one super conenent.

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Continetal Driftand Pangaea

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