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100 years of continental drift

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Science  20 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6263, pp. 915-916
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6230

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Alfred Wegener (1880–1930) was a leading explorer, geophysicist, and meteorologist from Germany, and pioneer in the exploration of Greenland (1). His seminal volume of meteorology (2) is universally considered a fundamental manual for this discipline and was long a reference text for students and specialists. Wegener's preeminent scientific legacy, however, is the continental drift hypothesis. He first presented his thesis to the scientific community on 6 January 1912 at the Geological Society of Frankfurt am Main, but his famous monograph on the subject dates to 1915 (3).