Wegener, Alfred Lothar (1880–1930)
Wegener's ideas crystallized 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 time to develop an idea that had intrigued him for years. Like others before him, Wegener had been struck by the remarkable fit of the coastlines of South America and Africa. But, unlike the others, to support his theory Wegener sought out many other lines of geologic and paleontologic evidence that these two continents were once joined. During his long convalescence, Wegener was able to fully develop his ideas into the theory of continental drift. See also plate tectonics.
Related category• GEOLOGY AND PLANETARY SCIENCE
Source: US Geological Survey
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