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This edition: Making the Pieces Fit

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Episode Details

- Toward a new understanding of Earth: The search for patterns and order in the development and location of Earth’s features
- Alfred Wegener and the theory of continental drift
- The work of Benioff and Wadati (orderly pattern of deep Earthquakes)
- The Breakthrough: From seafloor spreading to plate tectonics
- John Tuzo Wilson and the Mechanism of Plate Tectonics: Lithospheric plates floating on the heated and expanding asthenosphere (including discussion of “the layered Earth,” i.e. the evidence for layering, classification of layers, isostatic equilibrium, and sources of internal heat)