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Alfred Wegener
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816061742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6174-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 550
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 176

Summary

When German meteorologist Alfred Wegener first proposed his groundbreaking theory of continental displacement, later called continental drift, in 1912, his geologist peers rejected his theory because the field of geology at the turn of the century was based in 18th- and 19th-century observations about the nature of the earth and the planet’s development. Wegener's theory of continental drift proposed that the enormous landmasses slowly moved on the earth’s surface over millions of years. His idea explained countless observations made about the earth, from how the continents formed, to what causes earthquakes, to how the earth’s surface continues to change. An itinerant explorer, Wegener traveled around the world, and he died while on a polar mission in Greenland. It wasn’t until decades after his death that the continental drift theory proved fruitful to other scientists in the 20th century. In Alfred Wegener, learn how this daring adventurer pieced together a theory that later revolutionized the Earth sciences.

Specifications

Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Chronology. Sidebars. Glossary. Internet resources. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Lisa Yount, a graduate of Stanford University in English and creative writing, has written education materials for approximately 40 years. She has penned or edited more than 50 published books, nine of which have won awards or been included on “most recommended” lists. Among her books for Facts On File are Animal Rights, Revised Edition; A to Z of Biologists; Energy SupplyPatients’ Rights in the Age of Managed Health Care; and A to Z of Women in Science and Math, Revised Edition.

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