EESA06H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Louis Hennepin, Abraham Ortelius, Plate Tectonics

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The theory of plate tectonics has become central to our understanding of how the earth works. Question: how did the scientific method lead to the development of plate tectonic paradigm. Name people responsible for developing the central principles of geology. Describe how the scientific community built upon the observations of their predecessors to form new ideas about the nature of the earth. Identify the major technological and conceptual milestones that enabled the development of plate tectonic theory. 1683: first european sees niagara gorge: niagara falls were first seen by european eyes in 1678 by roman priest louis. Hennepin who pained the falls and brought word of their discovery back to. 1872: hms challenger expedition: scientists aboard the hms challenger discover a broad rise on the floor of the. Challenger deep in honour of the great scientific importance of this expedition. 1905: nuclear decay: discovery of radioactive isotopes by the likes of antoine henri and pierre and.

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