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Oceanic Rises in relation to the Expanding Earth Hypothesis


THE possibility that the continents of the Earth once formed part of a unified mass, Pangaea, has recently received much support1–3. The actual form of Pangaea is by no means agreed, however. Cook4 has figured a girdle of land encircling the globe, but most previous workers have sketched a roughly oval land mass surrounded by continuous ocean. Carey5, after repeated attempts to fit together accurate tracings of the main continental masses on a large plastic globe, commented finally “The assembly of Pangaea is not possible on the earth of the present radius”, and supported the hypothesis that the Earth's diameter has gradually increased. The history of the expanding Earth hypothesis has been recounted by Egyed6, prompted by my attempt7 to reconstruct the existing land masses of the Earth as a complete crust on a smaller globe.

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BARNETT, C. Oceanic Rises in relation to the Expanding Earth Hypothesis. Nature 221, 1043–1044 (1969).

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