continental drift

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The theory that the continents have slowly changed their relative positions throughout geological time. First proposed in modern form by Wegener, and actively promoted by the British geologist Arthur Holmes and the South African Alexander du Toit, the theory was not generally accepted until a suitable transport mechanism (sea-floor spreading) was found. Subsequently modified and refined into the modern theory of plate tectonics.

Subjects: Environmental Science — Earth Sciences and Geography.

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