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(BBC)   Plate tectonics is 50 years old. Submitter is 50 years old. Therefore, submitter is one of the great scientific discoveries of the 20th Century   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2017-10-03 09:17:29 AM  
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2017-10-03 09:54:26 AM  
So no person before looked at a world map and wondered if all the bits could be jammed together?
 
2017-10-03 10:38:52 AM  
I feel your logic may be ocean flawed
 
2017-10-03 11:42:00 AM  
Also, Ray Charles is God.
 
2017-10-03 11:43:30 AM  

Merltech: So no person before looked at a world map and wondered if all the bits could be jammed together?


The concept of continental drift existed before plate tectonics was developed - it just made sense for the reason you mentioned. Nobody could agree on why, though. They were also distracted by the creative explanations for fossilized sea shells on the tops of mountains, etc.

Luminiferous Aether was the explanation de jour for how light worked until it started falling apart as a theory at the end of the 1800s. Caloric Theory was one explanation about how things burned, for a while. The Steady State Theory was competing with the Big Bang Theory. Science is always about challenging the existing order if things don't make sense.

Fun read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superseded_scientific_theories
 
2017-10-03 12:14:54 PM  
Subby is so fat he/she causes crustal plates to shift?
 
2017-10-03 12:29:22 PM  
Does subby have a plate in their head?
 
2017-10-03 01:07:13 PM  
if we burn subby at the stake does that mean no more earthquakes?
 
2017-10-03 01:08:28 PM  
No it just means a bunch of cannibals will eat well for a week.
 
2017-10-03 01:19:10 PM  
Happy birthday, subby!
 
2017-10-03 01:21:57 PM  
How to tell some seriously long term farkery has been going on with the rocks.

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2017-10-03 01:26:00 PM  

wildcardjack: How to tell some seriously long term farkery has been going on with the rocks.

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Teach the controversy
 
2017-10-03 01:26:17 PM  
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2017-10-03 01:30:05 PM  
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2017-10-03 01:34:47 PM  
If you're ever bored in the So. Cal. deserts and like these types of things, I cant recommend a trip to the Mecca Hills Painted Canyon/Ladder Canyon. I looked for pics but nothing I found does it justice. The innards of the earth are on the outside on bold display. Its fascinating.
 
2017-10-03 01:37:58 PM  
I wish I could have found a vibrant color picture. The difference in coloring in these striations is incredible.

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2017-10-03 01:39:18 PM  

wildcardjack: How to tell some seriously long term farkery has been going on with the rocks.

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That is clear evidence of a worldwide, global, instantaneous flood that occurred in 40 days 5500 years ago.

Yep. Clear evidence. You cain't git no clearer.
 
2017-10-03 01:47:48 PM  
I have always wondered if the two dominant types of rocks (granites, basalts) on Earth are the legacy of the collision between proto-Earth and the Mars-sized object which created the moon.
 
2017-10-03 01:57:08 PM  
Subby, it started at least some illions of years ago
 
2017-10-03 02:03:10 PM  

wildcardjack: How to tell some seriously long term farkery has been going on with the rocks.

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The great flood did it.
 
2017-10-03 02:04:28 PM  
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2017-10-03 02:08:23 PM  
I believe this, because subby's dinner usually consists of 7 major plates and numerous minor plates.
 
2017-10-03 02:11:38 PM  
The Geo department was known for years for their annual t-shirts that played with this concept.  "Subduction leads to orogeny: Your plate or mine" was one of the best.
Bio majors responded with "Seduction leads to Ontogeny"

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2017-10-03 02:18:38 PM  
I didn't realize it was so recent. I'm 40+, and was taught about it in elementary school. It must've been fresh news at the time, apparently.

I will give myself credit that probably by age 4, i noticed the continents fit together like a puzzle, years before i was taught about Pangea.
 
2017-10-03 02:25:54 PM  
CSB:

My son's birthday is the same day as Google's.

He is not named Google.

/csb
 
2017-10-03 02:28:12 PM  
Plates are flat
The earth is a series of plates
Therefore the earth is flat
 
2017-10-03 02:29:32 PM  
Spindle   . . .
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Ummm, Sideling Hill, Route 68?

I remember my 6th-Grade Teacher explaining this wacky new theory of plate tectonics back in '66, so she was ahead of her time by one year.
 
2017-10-03 02:38:16 PM  
Bleach is mostly water.
I am mostly water.
Therefore I am bleach.
 
2017-10-03 02:45:16 PM  

Aezetyr: Bleach is mostly water.
I am mostly water.
Therefore I am bleach.


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How you doin'?
 
2017-10-03 03:00:39 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: [img.fark.net image 500x375]


It's a dude going down on a mermaid.

/Her head and hair is to the left, she's on her back, and her fin goes to the right and is resting on his left shoulder and wrapped up across the back of his head while going into the screen.
 
2017-10-03 03:12:05 PM  

rudemix: I wish I could have found a vibrant color picture. The difference in coloring in these striations is incredible.

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The world was black and white when that was formed.
 
2017-10-03 03:15:16 PM  

Spindle: [img.fark.net image 425x283]


That looks like Maryland.  I drove passed it this weekend, but the name escapes me.  It's something obvious.
 
2017-10-03 03:16:21 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Spindle   . . .
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Ummm, Sideling Hill, Route 68?

I remember my 6th-Grade Teacher explaining this wacky new theory of plate tectonics back in '66, so she was ahead of her time by one year.


That's it!
 
2017-10-03 03:44:22 PM  
50 or more? Yes

To quote wikipedia "But without detailed evidence and a force sufficient to drive the movement, the theory was not generally accepted: the Earth might have a solid crust and mantle and a liquid core, but there seemed to be no way that portions of the crust could move around"

Also " The British physicist P.M.S. Blackett provided a major impetus to paleomagnetism by inventing a sensitive astatic magnetometer in 1956. His intent was to test his theory that the geomagnetic field was related to the Earth's rotation, a theory that he ultimately rejected; but the astatic magnetometer became the basic tool of paleomagnetism and led to a revival of the theory of continental drift.
 
2017-10-03 03:50:30 PM  
[many eons ago...] I was taught Petrology as part of my Geology degree by a professor who received a PhD from Johns Hopkins who steadfastly and vehemently denied plate tectonics as it was proposed. He denied the mechanism.

Since he made his course exceedingly hard and he was otherwise terribly boring, members of my class would seek to bring up the topic to distract him. It worked. Damn topic triggered the crap out of him.
 
2017-10-03 04:25:59 PM  

WyDave: The Geo department was known for years for their annual t-shirts that played with this concept.  "Subduction leads to orogeny: Your plate or mine" was one of the best.
Bio majors responded with "Seduction leads to Ontogeny"

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Sometimes young geologists just want to get their rocks off.
 
2017-10-03 05:29:04 PM  

cyberspacedout: WyDave: The Geo department was known for years for their annual t-shirts that played with this concept.  "Subduction leads to orogeny: Your plate or mine" was one of the best.
Bio majors responded with "Seduction leads to Ontogeny"

[i.pinimg.com image 697x264]

Sometimes young geologists just want to get their rocks off.


a previous year's was "Geologists will date any old thing"  Rumor had it that an old lady followed a prof around the Safeway asking if it was true.
 
2017-10-03 05:53:17 PM  

Thingster: common sense is an oxymoron: [img.fark.net image 500x375]

It's a dude going down on a mermaid.

/Her head and hair is to the left, she's on her back, and her fin goes to the right and is resting on his left shoulder and wrapped up across the back of his head while going into the screen.


Thus proving XKCD to be correct once again.

Although what's the point of going down on the kind of mermaid with the fish half on the bottom?
 
2017-10-03 06:16:49 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Although what's the point of going down on the kind of mermaid with the fish half on the bottom?


Indeed. And what is the diffference.
 
2017-10-03 06:50:12 PM  
Read Simon Winchester. Especially this, then read Krakatoa and The Map That Changed the World.
 
2017-10-03 08:35:54 PM  
Muppet Show - Rowlf and Sam the Eagle - Tit Willow (s01e20)
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2017-10-03 08:36:36 PM  
damnit, wrong thread
 
2017-10-03 09:33:12 PM  

PartTimeBuddha: common sense is an oxymoron: Although what's the point of going down on the kind of mermaid with the fish half on the bottom?

Indeed. And what is the diffference.


Roe vs Wade
 
2017-10-03 09:50:07 PM  

rudemix: I wish I could have found a vibrant color picture. The difference in coloring in these striations is incredible.

[ndmagazine.net image 850x680]


I could never go there for fear of Gorn attacks.
 
2017-10-04 01:19:18 AM  
"Platetectonic" by Poi Dog Pondering 1995
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2017-10-04 01:01:17 PM  

SVenus: [many eons ago...] I was taught Petrology as part of my Geology degree by a professor who received a PhD from Johns Hopkins who steadfastly and vehemently denied plate tectonics as it was proposed. He denied the mechanism.

Since he made his course exceedingly hard and he was otherwise terribly boring, members of my class would seek to bring up the topic to distract him. It worked. Damn topic triggered the crap out of him.


I'm guessing your professor was more of a 'geosyncline' kind of guy.
I had a professor who did not dispute tectonics as such, just wanted the theory to be around a bit longer and accumulate some more acceptance/evidence. He was not easily swayed by 'fads'.
 
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