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Geology Plate Tectonics

by: Katie Thedford

Geology Plate Tectonics 20841

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These notes cover week three of notes. Continental Drift and how the theory came to be
Geol 113-2
Allie Jackson
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Continental Drift, Plate Tectonics, Pangea, Geology
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Date Created: 09/19/16
Geology – Plate T ectonics  Deep water injection causes earthquakes not fracking! Old Theories of continents and mountains o Mountains formed from compressional forces due to earth’s gradual cooling and contraction (like prunes) o Ocean basins and continents are permanent fixtures since the mantle is solid. The earth’s outer shell is incapable of movement. o “forces within the earth” caused foundering of the sea floor forming trenches, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. o Sediment building up over time builds island chains above sea level New Theory!  Continental Drift o Alfred Wagner (1880-1930)  The continents fit together to form one big one (Pangea)  1915 published “The Origin of Continents and Oceans” o His Proof:  Matching fossils in south America and Africa whose living forms could not hat crossed the oceans  Matching mountain ranges across oceans o Geologic structures o Rock types o Rock ages  Evidence of glaciation in areas where there shouldn’t be glaciers. (paleoclimate matching)  Puzzle piece fit of continents  Mechanisms for continental Drift? o Continents plowing through ocean crust like a ship? o Caused by earth’s spin? o Tidal forces caused by moon and sun?  All presented ideas had no supporting ideas and Wegner died in Greenland still looking for answers o Paleomagnetism  Renewed interest in 1950’s came up with the idea of magnetized minerals in rocks 2  Minerals arrange themselves towards poles while molten and are locked into orientation when cooled  Iron minerals archive the magnetic signal when cooled  Apparent polar wandering offers clues that continents where not in the same place over time o Scientific revolution begins in the oceans 3  Different rocks are found in the oceanic crust compared to continental crust  Oceanic crusts are mafic  Heat flow is much greater at mid ocean ridges o Sea-Floor Spreading Hypothesis  Proposed by Harry Hess in the 1960’s  Geomagnetic Reversals  Earth’s magnetic field periodically reverses polarity  Dates when polarity of earth’s magnetism changed were determined from lava flows recorded in the ocean crust  In 1963 Fred Vine and D. Matthews tied the discovery of magnetic stripes in the ocean crust near ridges to Hess’s concept of seafloor spreading 4


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