Physical Geology 101
Continental Drift Study Guide


After the "Continental Drift" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What was the first piece of evidence to be examined that eventually led to the theory of Continental Drift?

Who proposed Continental Drift? When was it first proposed?

What is the basic thesis of Continental Drift?

Be able to list, discuss and explain the 6 pieces of evidence originally used in support of Continental Drift.

According to the theory of Continental Drift, how were the continents being moved?

What are the major problems with the proposed motivation mechanisms?

Why was the theory of Continental Drift rejected by some scientists at the time of its proposal?

What is Pangaea?