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Definition of Continental drift

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gradual movement and formation of the continents across the surface of earth through geological time
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continental drift
n : the gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics)

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1. the gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics)
(hypernym) geological phenomenon
Continental drift Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Marine Biology
Horizontal movement of continents located in plates moving via sea-floor spreading
The movements of the continental plates across the Earth's crust, as explained by the theory of plate tectonics.
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Continental drift is the movement of the Earth's continents relative to each other, thus appearing to "drift" across the ocean bed. The speculation that continents might have 'drifted' was first put forward by Abraham Ortelius in 1596. The concept was independently and more fully developed by Alfred Wegener in 1912, but his theory was rejected by some for lack of a mechanism (though this was supplied later by Arthur Holmes) and others because of prior theoretical commitments. The idea of continental drift has been subsumed by the theory of plate tectonics, which explains how the continents move.

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Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The theory that continents slowly shift their positions as a result of currents in the molten rocks of the earth's mantle.
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Webart Magic Astronomical Glossary
The motion of continents due to (convective?) motion of underlying material in the Earth's mantle.