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What are the four pieces of evidence for continental drift?

What are the four pieces of evidence for continental drift?<br/>

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N. Reyes

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Answered Oct 15, 2020

The continental drift theory came to fruition in 1912 by a man named Alfred Wegener, who was a geophysicist and meteorologist. The four pieces of evidence for the continental drift include continents fitting together like a puzzle, scattering ancient fossils, rocks, mountain ranges, and the old climatic zones' locations.

Fossils of remarkably similar plants and animals have been discovered on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The fossils look like one another, and it can be concluded that the organisms must have lived in close proximity to one another. Fossils have been uncovered where the animal or plant was fossilized, suggesting that these organisms could not withstand the current climate.

This scenario means that the continents must have once lived in different climates. This situation reinforces the notion that they were once in other locations. There are landforms on various continents that match one another.

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L. Agate

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Answered Sep 25, 2020

There are different pieces of evidence that will show that the continental drift theory may have some truth in it. One of the pieces of evidence is the fact that dinosaurs did not have the ability to swim before.

The fact that their remains are found on different continents may mean that there was only one big continent before. There are also fossils of other animals that were found in various shores. Another evidence is there are different plants that used to live in places with similar climates.

There are different reasons why the continental drift has taken place like the fact that polar wandering has taken place before.

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Answered Sep 23, 2020

There are a few pieces of evidence for this natural occurrence. The shape of the continents is one way. If you look at the shape of the coastlines of continents, you can see that they would have fit together at some point in time. Fossils have been found on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The fossils of plants or animals that have been discovered have been thoroughly examined, and there is no way that they could have ever lived in the current environment. Tropical plant fossils have been uncovered in the arctic and sheets of ice found at hot temperatures. This differential means a different climate, which explains how they were once in other locations.

There are landforms on different continents that match each other, and there are geological regions in Africa that are identical to the geological areas in South America. If the continents were connected, the formations would have been continuous.

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Answered Sep 18, 2020

There is a theory wherein people have said in the past that continents used to be just one huge continent, but over the past years, it has managed to separate into different continents. There are some theories that are stating why this has occurred.

Some say that there was a big flood that occurred, and this caused the earth’s tectonic plates to become fractured. As a result, the different continents started to drift apart from each other. The moving plates have caused the different mountains to form, which explains why there are some mountains that are very high.

The mountains also come in different sizes too. Another evidence that will show that the continents used to be one big continent is that there are different plants and animals that seem to be the same that can be found on different continents right now.

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H. Martin

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Answered Sep 16, 2020

This continental drift was propounded by Alfred Wegener. The Hypothesis started when there was break a break in the world; the world was regarded as one continent named Pangaea, meaning all earth in ancient Greek and later broke into a different continent.

Evidence of continental drift can be found option A because when a person cut the continent map out, two of the continents would fit like a puzzle; these two continents are south America and Africa. Another proof is plant and animal fossils and the distribution of the different fossils and rocks that are all the same with areas that are far and near.

Another evidence that confirms the continental shift is the ice sheets that were found at hot temperatures.

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Cesar H. Pablo

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Answered Sep 16, 2020

If a person cuts the continents out of the map, two of those continents would fit like a puzzle. Those continents are South America and Africa. Plant and animal fossils are another indication that there was a continental shift.

Continents have different temperatures and atmospheres and with that, there are the same types of fossils are over the continents. This can lead one to conclude that at some point, they continents were one. Another find that makes the continental shift evident is the ice sheets that were found at temperatures that were hot.

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Malcolm Carneal

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Answered Apr 26, 2020

There are some people who cannot help but wonder if the continental drift has actually taken place or not. There are some pieces of evidence that show that the continents may have been closer in the past, but they have drifted apart through the years because of the many changes that have occurred.

One of the shreds of evidence of continental drift is the fact that there are some fossils that seem to be the same that can be found in various places that are far away from each other. This is proof that in the past, the continents are set close to each other. People were able to live in various places and have died there, which is why their remains are there.

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W.Willow

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Answered Mar 12, 2020

There was a time according to those who have studied the continents that the continents used to be closer to each other in the beginning. As time passed by, the continents started drifting apart. It expected that the continents would continue to move as time passes by.

Some of the pieces of evidence of continental drift are the following: The distribution of the different fossils and rocks that are all the same when the areas now are far away from each other.

The ancient climatic zones are also different from what people know of today. The various mountain ranges also show signs of the change that has occurred because of the moving of the continents.

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G. Horace

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Answered Oct 24, 2018

The right answer to this is E. Do you know that there are theories stating that the various lands that can be found in this world are more connected before? In fact, according to some researchers, the world before may have land that can be walked from one border to another. People may be able to walk from Asia to Europe without any issues.

The right answer to this is E. Do you know that there are theories stating that the various lands

However, the Continental Drift occurred. The various places started to become far from each other. They have become surrounded by the clear blue waters of the bodies of water on Earth. The fact that there are fossils that are found on opposite sides of the world is enough proof of this.

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Markda John

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Answered Apr 02, 2018

All of the above answers are pieces of evidence for continental drift. If you were to cut all the continents out of a map, and place South America and Africa together, you will find that they fit together when turned the right ways. There have been ice sheets in places that are incredibly hot, which would happen if those places had previously been in cold locations where ice could form like that.

All of the above answers are pieces of evidence for continental drift. If you were to cut all the

As for the fossils, there are two completely different climates on the two sides of the Atlantic ocean. If the continents hadn’t been pushed together at some point, how would those fossils have gotten there? The mountain ranges are a little harder to explain, despite the ideal explanation that they formed around the same time.

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