, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 16–22 | Cite as

Some economic implications of continental drift

  • D. H. Tarling


Concepts of the way in which the Earth's surface has evolved have changed drastically during the last ten years. The implications of these ideas on the formation and preservation of metal ores and fossil fuels is examined in order to indicate areas where further exploration may be justified and to enable a better assessment of the world's decreasing reserves of these geological deposits.


Fossil Fuel Economic Implication Good Assessment Continental Drift Geological Deposit 
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ReferencesSelected Bibliography


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. H. Tarling
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeophysicsUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneEngland

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