Plate Tectonics The Origins of Plate Tectonic Theory :

by Anne Egger, Ph.D.

Further Exploration

The Paleomap ProjectC. Scotese, Texas, Arlington. The Paleomap Project includes several plate tectonics animations, paleogeographic reconstructions, and animations that run the plate tectonics conveyor belt 50 million years into the future.

NOVA Online: Birth of the HimalayaAn in-depth explanation of the geology and natural history of the Himlayas, sponsored by PBS.

This Dynamic EarthThe full text and illustrations from the US Geological Survey publication.


Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener

Harry Hess

Harry HessArchives, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University  


First Map of Continental DriftPictures of an 1858 map showing the southern continents together, by Antonio Snider-Pelligrini.

News & Events

Earth Loses Its MagnetismBBC News

Plate Tectonics on Mars?Science@NASA

Current Science NewsNews from around the world of science.


Google ScholarGoogle - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Plate Tectonics AnimationThis site allows you to build your own animation, choosing both the region you want to focus on and the time.

It is only by combing the information furnished by all the earth sciences that we can hope to determine "truth" here.
-Alfred L. Wegener,
1880 - 1930

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