MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: please could you send me some information on the Earth is shrinking

Date: Sat Apr 10 12:18:13 1999
Posted By: Richard Kingsley, Grad student, Bachelor of Education (Science), OISE - University of Toronto
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 920575700.Es


You can start by researching Eduard Suess, a German geologist who wrote a massive work called The Face of The Earth.

You are referring to the idea of contractionism which was popularised by Suess. These arguments are only relevant to mountain building. Suess advocated the idea of continental drift and proposed the idea of Gondwanaland.

The website link below should provide a good starting point for you.

Geological Ideas Before Plate Tectonics

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