Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift


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In the fall of 1911, what was one of the problems Alfred Wegener saw in the theory that the Earth was unchanging?

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1. What fossils did Wegener NOT use to support his idea of continental drift?

2. What evidence did Wegener NOT use to support his idea of continental drift?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Did separate coastlines once meet to form single land masses? This quiz/worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your knowledge of this possibility and its implications as espoused by the theory of Alfred Wegener.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The problem with theorizing that the Earth was unchanging
  • Fossils and other evidence that Wegener used to support his theory
  • The accepted theory about Earth at the time Wegener introduced his idea
  • The name Wegener gave the supercontinent he believed existed before its separation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about geological changes in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding fossil evidence and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding modern evidence supporting Wegener's theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify Alfred Wegener
  • Describe geological theories of Wegener's time
  • Discuss how Wegener used fossils to support his theory
  • Detail Wegener's theory
  • Present modern findings that support the theory of continental drift