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Alfred Wegener and the Continental Drift

Alfred Wegener and the Continental Drift

left: Alfred Wegener (1880 – 1930)right: Rasmus Villumsen On January 06, 1912, German geologist Alfred Wegener presented his theory of continental drift for the first time in public at a meeting of the Geological Society (‘Geologische Vereinigung’) at Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. The young Alfred Wegener’s interest in nature evolved during the time he spent with his family in Rheinsberg where they kept a summer house. He was enabled…
Charles Lyell and the Principles of Geology

Charles Lyell and the Principles of Geology

Charles Lyell (1797 – 1875) On November 14, 1797, Charles Lyell, British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day, was born. Lyell was a close friend to Charles Darwin and is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton’s concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. Politically, in the first decade of…
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