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The action of continents drifting apart from each other is called, "Continental Drift". It is no longer a theory, as it has been proven to be so. Of course, as certain continents move apart from each other, they also are moving closer to other continents.


How can magma cause the plates that carry the continents to move apart?

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What do scientists now think is causing the continents to move?

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The answer to thisa question is Continental Drift.


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How have continents moved in the past?

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When did the continents break apart?

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Tectonic plates that move apart most likely are loacted along?

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Do the continents fit together like the pieces of a puzzle?

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What was the hypothesis of continental drift?

Wegener's hypothesis was that all the continents were once joined together and have since drifted apart. Continents move because of plate tectonics. Over millions of years, the single land mass, Pangea, began to break apart. The pieces became our continents.


Are the continents moving?

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Can the continents come together again?

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Is it true continents move?

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Do the earth's continents move?

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How can continents spread apart?

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What does the plate tectonic explain?

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What is the structure that forms as tectonic plates move apart?

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