Inc1 Science Rint Task 1

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Scientific Concepts and the Natural World RINT Task 1 Western Governors University Free Powerpoint Templates Page 1 The Earth’s Plate Tectonics James Hutton was the first scientist to address the Earth was millions of years old, as well as alive and is continuously being formed. Charles Lyell popularized uniformitarianism, and believed the Earth was being shaped by slow moving forces. Alfred Wegener introduced the foundation for the theory of continental drift. Wegener was one of the first to recognize and have an understanding of how the Earth works which required data and information from earth sciences. In the 1960s, the theory for the continental drift became known as the theory of plate tectonics or plate building.…show more content…
One of the main lessons is that the tectonic forces are still highly active. This is because the quake happened near the fault lines of the Pacific and the North American plate. It shows that scientists are actually right in their findings that state that the world is ever changing. Another example of the lessons learned from the earthquake is the fact that the Earth is a bit unpredictable. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 9 • • • • • Scientific Understanding of the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 - Continued • This earthquake may not have released all of the strain stored in its rocks next to the fault this reveals a potential earthquake in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the near future. The occurrence of the earthquake showed that the Earth did not exhaust all its strain and hence other earthquakes could be expected. However, the dates could not be predicted. The extent of the damage could have been much more devastating for the region, but with the earthquake occurring near the coast this made half of the felt area westward in the Pacific Ocean. The occurrence of aftershocks ten days later reinforces the unpredictability nature and hence makes Geology to be a study that is always evolving. In conclusion, the Earth and the study of cannot be exhausted as every natural occurrence provides a new puzzle to be solved. • • • • Free Powerpoint Templates Page 10

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