The Theory of Plate Techtonics

The Theory of Plate Techtonics

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

The Theory of Plate Techtonics, according to Alfred Wegener, utilized a variety of research to ascertain as to whether the continents of Earth fit neatly together as one solid mass previously that experienced continental drift and separation.  In “The Nature of Science and The Scientific Method,” Wegner’s theory states “that continents fit together, not only in shape, but in geology and fossil content as well.”[1]

Wegener, a Meteorologist, wrote in support of his observations of the planet Earth in his book, “The Origin of Continents and Oceans.”

It was reported in the now defunct State News (Michigan) that the theory of plate techtonics former cumulative mass was titled “Gondwana” and in another encyclopedia “Pangea.”[2]  One speculates that the Earth’s design was laid out as many other architectural designs and plans- on a computer- and perhaps romanticism led to the unity of the continental designs and their subsequent separation.  One possible theory is that the continents were united in a design program and separated in the same program to achieve a result. Wouldn’t it be ideal if the inhabitants of Earth thought of themselves in brotherhood, or united as one? Perhaps as a motive, early Earth Scientists may have had a “unity” inclination.

Simple evidence based research can be done with the use of basic world maps where the continents are glued together to test the basic theory.   Whether or not the continents moved, in a program, on a computer or in reality via continental drift is a natural phenomenon worthy of scientific investigation utilizing geodynamics, GPS Satellites, study of the lithosphere’s outermost shell and Earth’s crustal regions, ~8 major plates and continental boundaries.[3]

Abraham Ortelius states in the “Thesaurus Geographicus,” “that the America’s were torn away from Europe and Africa by earthquakes and floods…the vestiges of rupture reveal themselves if someone brings forward a map of the world and considers carefully the coasts of three continents.”[4]

“Much of the evidence in support of plate techtonics relates to fossils, are paleo topographical, climatological or tidal forces of the sun and moon.”[5]  “Opponents say that there is no mechanism (in support of drift) and that it could not plow through much denser rock to the oceanic crust.”[6]

What explained Wegener’s and other proponents of the theory has to do with things like “earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain building, and oceanic trench that occur along plate boundaries.”[7]

Large scale motion is also a possible protagonist for plate techtonics and it has been claimed that there is 00-100 mm annually.

[1] Christine V. McLelland, The Nature of Science and The Scientific Method, The Geological Society of America



[4] Kious, W. Jacqueline, Tilling Robert I, Historical Perspective, This Dynamic Earth The Story of Plate Techtonics, US Geological Survey, Feb. 2001




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