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  A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Alfred Wegener
Alfred Wegener was born in Berlin in 1880, where his father was a minister who ran an orphanage.
Wegener experimented with kites and balloons, and with his brother Kurt set a world record in an international balloon contest, flying 52 hours straight.
The year 1912 was busy for Wegener: he got married (to the daughter of Germany's leading meteorologist) and he returned to Greenland, making the longest crossing of the ice cap ever made on foot.
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 Wegener, Alfred (1880-1930): World of Earth Science
Wegener was an eminent meteorologist in his time, but he was appointed professor late in his professional career, and died during one of his scientific trips to Greenland.
Wegener was born in Berlin, Germany to Richard, a minister and director of an orphanage, and Anna Wegener.
Wegener instead proposed that the lighter sial that made up continents could move horizontally through the oceanic sima; if the continents can rise up vertically, he argued, they must be able to move horizontally as well, as long as sufficient force is provided.
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 Alfred Wegener Summary
Alfred Wegener son of an Evangelical preacher, was born in Berlin on Nov. 1, 1880.
Alfred Wegener is remembered as one of the world's foremost earth scientists for his idea that 200 million years ago all seven continents were part of a singular land mass that broke apart -- the theory of continental drift.
Wegener was born in Berlin, Germany, on November 1, 1880, to Richard and Anna Schwarz Wegener.
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 History of geology--Wegener
Alfred Wegener was an accomplished German natural scientist in the fields of meteorology, astronomy, and geology.
Wegener's most notable scientific contribution was his hypothesis of continental drifting, which he first presented in 1912 at a meeting of the German Geological Association.
Alfred Wegener, a biography from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany.
academic.emporia.edu /aberjame/histgeol/wegener/wegener.htm   (1844 words)

  
 Alfred Wegener
Wegener also found that the fossils found in a certain place often indicated a climate utterly different from the climate of today: for example, fossils of tropical plants, such as ferns and cycads, are found today on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen.
Wegener was not the first to suggest that the continents had once been connected, but he was the first to present extensive evidence from several fields.
Wegener thought that the continents were moving through the earth's crust, like icebreakers plowing through ice sheets, and that centrifugal and tidal forces were responsible for moving the continents.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu /history/wegener.html   (1288 words)

  
 Alfred Wegener
Wegener was not the first to suggest that the continents had once been connected, but he was the first to present extensive evidence from several fields.
Wegener's theory was only wholly substantiated after increased exploration of the ocean floor in the fifties.
Wegener's term, continental drift, is incorrect, as both continent and ocean drift.
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 Alfred Wegener - Picture - MSN Encarta
In 1912 German meteorologist Alfred Wegener proposed that all the continents were once joined in a single landmass, which he called Pangaea.
Wegener relied on geological evidence and fossil records to support his theory that the landmass gradually separated through continental drift.
In the 1960s researchers confirmed Wegener’s theory when they observed seafloor spreading and other phenomena.
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 Alfred Wegener
Alfred Wegener was a German meteorologist who, in 1912, advocated the theory of continental drift, arguing that the continents on either side of the Atlantic Ocean were drifting apart.
In 1915, Wegener published the theory that there had once been a giant supercontinent, Pangaea, which drifted apart ~200 million years ago.
Many geologists ridiculed Wegener for his ideas; noting that he couldn't explain how continents could move.
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 Alfred Wegener   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alfred Wegener was a meteorologist and an astronomer.
In 1911, Alfred Wegener was a lecturer of astronomy and meteorology at a German university.
Wegener was not a geologist, he was a meteorologist; but that flash of insight allowed him to formulate a comprehensive theory that - ultimately - totally altered the way geologists, geophysicists and palaeontologists viewed the Earth and evolution.
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 An Introduction to Plate Tectonics
In the year 1912, Wegener made the proposal that all the continents were previously one large continent, but then broke apart, and had drifted through the ocean floor to where they are now located.
Wegener was born in Berlin on November 1, 1880 the youngest child of an evangelical preacher.
Wegener found that the plant Glossopteris had left behind leaf remains which were relatively common in the Southern Hemisphere continents.
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 Wegener, Alfred
Alfred Wegener was born in Berlin on November 1, 1880.
Wegener tentatively suggested two candidates: centrifugal force caused by the rotation of the Earth, and tidal-type waves in the Earth itself generated by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon.
Wegener is not only the father of the theory of continental drift, he was the first to describe the process (now called the Wegener-Bergeron-Findeisen procedure) by which most raindrops form, and he also explained two rare ice crystal halo arcs that bear his name as well.
www.pangaea.org /wegener.htm   (3539 words)

  
 Earlham College - Geology 211 - Template
Alfred Lothar Wegener was born on November 1, 1880 in Berlin to Richard and Anna Wegener.
Wegener died in 1930, only a day or two after his fiftieth birthday, when he froze to death on a return from bringing supplies to researchers at a station in Greenland.
Wegener's theory was not accepted during his lifetime because he was seen as an outsider and he relied on the idea that the continents plowed through the oceans.
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 Evidence Supporting Continental Drift   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wegener used the fit of the continents, the distribution of fossils, a similar sequence of rocks at numerous locations, ancient climates, and the apparent wandering of the Earth's polar regions to support his idea.
Wegener suggested that the continents simply plowed through the ocean floor, but Harold Jeffreys, a noted English geophysicist, argued correctly that it was physically impossible for a large mass of solid rock to plow through the ocean floor without breaking up.
Alfred Wegener (1880-1930), a German meteorologist and geologist, was the first person to propose the theory of continental drift.
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 Alfred Wegener: The Birth of Continental Drift   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wegener closely studied how the layers of rock in South Africa matched those found in Brazil.
Wegener didn't just studied similar geological features of the continents but he also examined how fossils in various places often showed that the climate had been different in the past.
When questioned about what makes the continents drift apart Wegener answered that it was due to the Earth's source of energy rotating on its' axis along with the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon tidal system, a magnetic system.
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 Rocky Road: Alfred Wegener
At the turn of the 20th century, the prevailing view of the earth was that it was slowly cooling and contracting, and — like the skin of a rotting fruit — its surface was wrinkling to produce mountains and valleys.
Wegener was an astronomer and meteorologist, an outsider.
Wegener first introduced his theory of continental drift in 1912, but his work didn't attract much attention until 10 years later, after it had been translated from his native German into other languages.
www.strangescience.net /wegener.htm   (501 words)

  
 Alfred Wegener and Plate Tectonics
In 1912 Alfred Wegener (1880-1930) noticed the same thing and proposed that the continents were once compressed into a single protocontinent which he called Pangaea (meaning "all lands"), and over time they have drifted apart into their current distribution.
Wegener's explanation was that as the continents moved, the leading edge of the continent would encounter resistance and thus compress and fold upwards forming mountains near the leading edges of the drifting continents.
Wegener's inability to provide an adequate explanation of the forces responsible for continental drift and the prevailing belief that the earth was solid and immovable resulted in the scientific dismissal of his theories.
www.indiana.edu /~geol105/images/gaia_chapter_3/wegener.htm   (850 words)

  
 Alfred Lothar Wegener [This Dynamic Earth, USGS]
Perhaps Alfred Wegener's greatest contribution to the scientific world was his ability to weave seemingly dissimilar, unrelated facts into a theory, which was remarkably visionary for the time.
Wegener's scientific vision sharpened in 1914 as he was recuperating in a military hospital from an injury suffered as a German soldier during World War I. While bed-ridden, he had ample time to develop an idea that had intrigued him for years.
Wegener obtained his doctorate in planetary astronomy in 1905 but soon became interested in meteorology; during his lifetime, he participated in several meteorologic expeditions to Greenland.
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 Alfred Wegener and the Theory of Continental Drifting
Wegener concluded that since this reptile’s fossils were not found in different, more diverse areas, then the two continents surely were connected in the past.
Wegener attributed this to the “tidal attraction of the sun and the moon.” He believed that this attraction affected the earth as well as the ocean.
Wegener relied on the fact that tidal movements caused friction within the earth causing a deceleration of its rotational speed, therefore dragging the crust westward.
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 Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) Home
The Alfred Wegener Institute carries out research in the Arctic and Antarctic as well as in the high and mid latitude oceans.
On October 31, 2007, Prof Dr Jörn Thiede will hand over the directorship of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, part of the Helmholtz Association, to Prof Dr Karin Lochte, a biologist currently with the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel.
Thiede will continue his involvement with the Alfred Wegener Institute, especially in his capacity on the planning committee of the European research icebreaker Aurora Borealis.
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 Wegener Alfred Lothar - Search Results - ninemsn Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wegener, Alfred Lothar (1880-1930), German meteorologist and geophysicist, noted chiefly for advocating the theory of continental drift at a time...
In the period 1908-1912, theories of continental drift were proposed by the German geologist Alfred Lothar Wegener and others, who recognized that...
This hypothesis is related to the concept of continental drift, first proposed in modern form by the German geophysicist Alfred Wegener in 1912.
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 Alfred Wegener (1880-1930)
When Wegener put it forth, however, the reaction of earth scientists was so intensely negative that many who might have supported him did not for fear of endangering their own scientific careers.
Wegener and Darwin brought together evidence from a wide diversity of fields and each ended up sparring with a whole range of opponents, each of whom saw them as interlopers.
American palaeontologist E. Berry called Wegener's theory "a selective search through the literature for corroborative evidence, ignoring most of the facts that are opposed to the idea, and ending in a state of auto-intoxication in which the subjective idea comes to be considered as an objective fact."
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 Alfred Wegener
Wegener believed that the land masses drifted for millions of years before assuming their present shapes and arriving at their present locations.
Alfred Wegener, who was educated to be a meteorologist and an Arctic climatologist, insisted that his theory was correct because of the evidence he saw.
So important is Wegener to our current understainding of plate tectonics that in the 1970s a crater on the dark side of the moon was named for him, to honor his courage and wisdom.
tremor.nmt.edu /activities/pioneers/dlwegener3_2a.htm   (560 words)

  
 Alfred Wegener - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Alfred Wegener - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Wegener, Alfred (1880-1930), German meteorologist, noted chiefly for advocating the theory of continental drift at a time when the technological...
In science, important advances can also be made when current ideas are shown to be wrong.
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Some of the key facts that he used to support his theory is the shape and fit of the continents and the distribution of similar fossils and rock layers around the planet.
Based on his observations Wegener proposed that all of todays modern continents were once part of a supercontinent, which is today known as Pangea.
Alfred Wegener was criticised and ridiculed for his 1915 theory of "Continental Drift", which questioned the Biblical story that the world was created as it is now.
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 Alfred Wegener:
Wegener’s theory was to revolutionize the science of geology.
Alfred Wegener’s greatest contribution to the scientific world was his ability to take unrelated facts and weave them into a theory.
Wegener was still an energetic, brilliant researcher when he died at the age of 50, 1930.
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 AWI: The Alfred Wegener Institute
The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes.
The Foundation Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research includes the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven the Potsdam Research Unit (1992), the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt.
It is a member of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF); the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) covers 90% of financing, the state of Bremen 8% and the states of Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein provide 1% each.
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