apparent polar wander

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The line traced on each of the continents by joining together the positions of the palaeomagnetic poles at different times. The geometry of the line differs for each continent and appears to suggest a path followed by poles that changed their positions over time. In fact, the changing positions of the poles reflect the latitudinal movements and rotations of lithospheric plates, rather than movements of the poles.

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