continental drift


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continental drift

n.
The movement, formation, or re-formation of continents described by the theory of plate tectonics.
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continental drift

n
(Geological Science) geology the theory that the earth's continents move gradually over the surface of the planet on a substratum of magma. The present-day configuration of the continents is thought to be the result of the fragmentation of a single landmass, Pangaea, that existed 200 million years ago. See also plate tectonics
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con′tinen′tal drift′


n.
the lateral movement of continents resulting from the motion of crustal plates.
[1925–30]
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continental drift

The gradual movement of the Earth's continents toward or away from each other. See more at plate tectonics. See Note at Gondwanaland.
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continental drift

The theory that continents have drifted around the face of the Earth.
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Noun1.continental drift - the gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics)
geological phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
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Translations

continental drift

nderiva dei continenti
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Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of Continental Drift provides a powerful blend of science and biography as it tells of a man drawn to fieldwork and its applications to a variety of disciplines beyond science.

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