Scientists of Tectonic Plate Theory

By: Hagan, Marlana, and Shelby

Abraham Ortelius

Major contribution to geology:

He published the first world atlas, first cartographer, and produced "thesaurus geographicus"


Why his work was important:

He started the atlas to show everyone in the world.


Source:

www.abraham-Ortelius.com

James Hutton

Hypothesis:

Had a theory of uniformitarianism & his hypothesis was that the earth was being formed.


Evidence for hypothesis:

The long consistent layer along the earth.


Why his work was important:

He brought upon the idea of sedimentation erosion.


Source:

www.en.m.wikipedia.org

www.amnh.org

Alfred Wegener

Hypothesis:

"In 1912 he proposed that the continnents we know today wee all once attached in a single land mass known as Pangea."


Evidence:

The continents accords the ocean fit together like a puzzle.


Why was his work important:

He opened up a Revolutionalry thought that changed the at people thought.


Source:

Pbs.org

Harry Hess

Hypothesis:

"In 1960, he hypothesized that the sea-floor was spreading from vents in the rift."


Evidence:

He found the great Global rift & he found that the sea floor different ages.


Why was his discovery important:

It was the final piece pf evidence that proved Alfred Wegener wasn't crazy.


Source:

www.pbs.org

www.answers.com

Dan Mckenzie

Hypothesis:

There are two layers in the mantle, each in motion.


Evidence:

The earth is far more dynamic and that the mantle was the main reason for continental drift.


Why was discovery important:

He invented a mechanism to prove the moving of continents.


Source:

www.e-education.psu.edu

Additional information

  • James Hutton was also known as the father of modern geology.
  • Alfred Wegener was a meteorologist (a scientist who studies weather) before he became a geologist.
  • Drummond Hoyle Mattews & Fredrick Vine expanded Hess's theory with the convection cells in the mantle.
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Abraham Ortilius

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James Hutton

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Alfred Wegener

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Harry Hess

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Dan Mckenzie