November 1, 1880, in Berlin, Germany, Alfred Lothar Wegener, meteorologist and interdisciplinary scientist, was born.

On this day (November 1), 1880, in Berlin, Germany, Alfred Lothar Wegener, meteorologist and interdisciplinary scientist, was born.
Wegener attended school at the Köllnisches Gymnasium on Wallstrasse in Berlin, graduating as the best in its class. He later studied Physics, Meteorology and Astronomy in Berlin, Heidelberg and Innsbruck .
During his lifetime he was known primarily for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar research, but today he is best remembered as the creator of the continental drift hypothesis by suggesting in 1912 that the continents drift slowly around the Earth (in German: Kontinentalverschiebung).
His hypothesis was controversial and widely rejected by mainstream geology until the 1950s, when numerous discoveries such as the palaeomagnetism provided strong support for continental drift and thus a substantial basis for the current model of plate tectonics .
Wegener participated in several expeditions to the circulation of polar air before the existence of the jet stream was accepted. Expedition participants made many meteorological observations and were the first to winter on the Greenland Inner Ice Sheet and the first to drill ice cores in an arctic glacier moving.
As a curiosity to note that the only American edition of Wegener's work, published in 1925, which was written in "a dogmatic style often resulting from German translations", was received so Too bad the American Association of Petroleum Geologists organized a symposium specifically in opposition to the continental drift hypothesis. Opponents argued, as did the Leipziger geologist Franz Kossmat, that oceanic crust was too firm for continents to "just push through".
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- what are you doing Alfred?
- I'm investigating
- looking at stones?
- they are not stones
- because they look a lot like stones
- they are fossils
- fossils?
- what are fossils?
- they are animals or plants that are "embedded" in the stone
- but anyone can do that
- no, nature does that
- how do you know that?
- by studies
- you have been cheated Alfred
- you really are a hoax

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