Global Tectonics 3rd Edition

Book Name: Global Tectonics 3rd Edition
Author: Philip Kearey, Keith A. Klepeis, Frederick J. Vine
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition
ISBN-10: 9781405107778,1405107774
Year: 2009
Pages: 496 pages
Language: English
File size: 64 MB
File format: PDF

Global Tectonics 3rd Edition Pdf Book Description:

Even though the concept of this new global tectonics, or plate tectonics, has mostly been grown since 1967, the history of ideas about a mobilist perspective of the Earth extends back much longer (Rupke, 1970; Hallam, 1973a; Vine, 1977; Frankel, 1988). Ever since the coastlines of the continents across the Atlantic Ocean were fi rst charted, people are fascinated with the similarity of their coastlines of the Americas and of Europe and Africa. Probably the fi rst to notice the similarity and indicate an early separation was Abraham Ortelius at 1596 (Romm, 1994). In addition, he noted that the similar settings of the New and Old World,”both of which can be wide and extended towards the north, both pointed and narrow towards the south east.”

Maybe due to these observations, for there seem to be others, Bacon can be wrongly credited with being first to observe the similarity or”fit” of the Atlantic coastlines of South America and Africa and even with having implied that they were together and’d drifted apart. In 1668, François Placet, a French earlier, linked the separation of the Americas into the Flood of Noah. Noting in the Bible that before the flooding the Earth was one and undivided, he hypothesized the Americas were shaped by the mix of drifting islands or separated by Europe and Africa from the devastation of an intervening landmass,”Atlantis.” An individual has to recall, clearly, that throughout the 17th and 18th centuries geology, like most sciences, has been completed by clerics and theologians who believed that their observations, like the incidence of marine fossils and water-lain sediments on large land, were explicable concerning the Flood and other biblical catastrophes.

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