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An Early Reference to Continental Separation

Naturevolume 120page84 (1927) | Download Citation



THOSE geologists who are interested in the Wegener hypothesis of the shifting of continents and the literature of the subject may like to know that while reading an old book entitled “Eclipses, Past and Present”, by the Rev. S. J. Johnson (James Parker and Co., 1874), I was rather surprised to find the following remarks: “If we study our earth carefully, we shall see that everywhere it bears marks of having undergone a fearful catastrophe. Fossil substances, which originally belonged to the sea, have been found on the heights of mountains; the bones of animals have been discovered in countries the most remote from those they inhabit. Again, if we look at our maps, we shall see the parts of one continent that jut out, agree with the indented portions of another. The prominent coast of Africa would fit in the opposite opening between North and South America, and so in numerous other instances. A general rending asunder of the world would seem to have taken place.”

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