A Model for the South Atlantic

  • A. E. M. Nairn
  • F. G. Stehli


Many a schoolboy contemplating a map of the South Atlantic has independently arrived at some form of continental drift hypothesis, for nowhere else on earth is the similarity of opposing coastlines more apparent. This same similarity formed the basis of Wegener’s theory and is the principal difference between his concept and the technically based approach of Taylor (1910). The remarkable fit of Africa and South America has now been considered with some sophistication (Bullard et al., 1965), but the question of drift would certainly have remained moot had not new techniques and more definitive approaches been developed.


Fracture Zone Magnetic Anomaly Seismic Refraction Continental Drift Ridge Axis 


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  • A. E. M. Nairn
    • 1
  • F. G. Stehli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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