compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
published in 1570, a Google Doodle on Sunday depicted
World, which was published by the Belgian cartographer
Abraham Ortelius. The book was unique for its collection
of maps organized geographically, but this concept would
later become the standard for developing atlases.
THE speculation that continents might have 'drifted' was
first put forward by Abraham Ortelius in 1596. He had
proposed that the continents of Africa and America could
be fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle and that the Earth
originally had only ONE MEGA-CONTINENT, which is now
known as Pangaea, ancient Greek for ENTIRE EARTH.
The concept was independently and more fully developed
by Alfred Wegener in 1912, as a result of his geological
findings in Africa and South America; but his theory was
rejected by many for lack of any motive mechanism.
I well remember reading about both Ortelius and Wegener
in our superbly equipped Grammar School Library, during
the time that I was studying Geography/Geology, and told
to 'forget about such nonsense' by my tutor at the time,
only to realise the truth many years later, when working
with Rex Beddis on the OUP Volcanoes Project.
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