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Monday, January 28, 2008


Make sure that you catch IN OUR TIME on Radio 4 on LISTEN AGAIN...
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It's all about the history of the theory of PLATE TECTONICS.

America is getting further away from Europe. This is not a political statement but a geological fact. Just as the Pacific is getting smaller, the Red Sea bigger, the Himalayas are still going up and one day the Horn of Africa will be a large island. This is the theory of plate tectonics, a revolutionary idea in 20th century geology that saw the continents of Earth to be dancing to the music of deep time. A dance of incredible slowness, yet powerful enough to throw up the mountains and pour away the oceans.

Plate tectonics was a genuine scientific revolution. It made geologists and many more besides profoundly re-think what the Earth was, how it worked and how it related to all the things in it.

Contributors

Richard Corfield, Visiting Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the Open University

Joe Cann, Senior Fellow in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds

Lynne Frostick, Director of the Hull Environment Research Institute and Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Hull

Also an interesting BBC News article on McDonalds and the education that it gives you.

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