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Arthur Holmes: Harnessing the Mechanics of Mantle Convection to the Theory of Continental Drift
This online article, from Earth: Inside and Out, takes a look at the life and scientific contributions of Arthur Holmes. It discusses the phenomenon of radioactivity, which was discovered while Holmes was a graduate student and how Holmes used radioactive dating to create the first geologic time scale. In addition, the article focuses on his major contributions to the theory of continental drift, including his suggestion for the mechanism responsible for the moving continents.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-719
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History