continental drift

continental drift

Animated Life: Pangea, Wegener, and Continental Drift — HHMI BioInteractive Video

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This animated short tells the story of Alfred Wegener, a German astronomer and atmospheric scientist, who came up with the idea that continents once formed a single landmass and had drifted apart. Continental drift explained why continents' shapes fit together like pieces of a puzzle and why distant continents had the same fossils . During Wegener’s time, the idea was met with hostility but after his death a large body of evidence showed that continents do indeed move. Today the theory of plate tectonics is a fundamental principle in geology. Download this movie and find classroom resources at the BioInteractive website: http://www.biointeractive.org/animated-life-pangea