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The magnetism in basaltic rock on the ocean floor suggests that the continents have been moving away from each other. The earth regularly undergoes magnetic shifts in which north becomes south and vice versa. As the magma rising through the diverging ocean floor cools into basaltic rock, it takes on the magnetic properties of the earth at that moment. In this way we can tell which way the continents are moving and that they were likely joined in the past. On top of this, the general shape of the continents also suggests this supercontinent as well as the distribution of species.

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Paleomagnetism is the study of the magnetism of ancient rocks. In principle, it was the study of ancient magnetism

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What evidence is there that the continents were once connected?

The continent pieces fit together as if they where a puzzle. If you look at South America and Africa it seems that they could have once been connected.Fossil evidence in different countries implies that they may have once been joined. The fossils of large birds are the same implying that there was a common ancestor to large flightless modern birds that are separated on different continents.Mid ocean ridges are spreading the ocean floors apart. The age of the rocks on the bottom of the ocean shows that the plates that the continents are on are moving apart.Finally, the most compelling evidence is to do with the magnetism of the rocks. As the lava cools the ferromagnetic material in some rocks lines up with the Earth's magnetic poles. When these rocks move they are no longer lined up to the Earth's current magnetic poles, they produce anomalies in the magnetic readings. These rocks reveal their latitude of where they were when they cooled.

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Exploration of the ocean floor supported Wagner's tectonic plate theory because of the shapes and rocks found on the ocean floor. The shapes and rocks suggested that the continents had indeed once been joined.

When rocks from cooling lava harden do they have the same magnetism as Earth's magnetism?

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Which is older rocks found on the ocean floor or rocks found on continents?

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