The Mountain Mystery Ron Miksha

ISBN: 9781497562387

Published: August 1st 2014

Paperback

332 pages


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The Mountain Mystery  by  Ron Miksha

The Mountain Mystery by Ron Miksha
August 1st 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 332 pages | ISBN: 9781497562387 | 8.48 Mb

Fifty years ago, no one could explain mountains. Arguments about their origin were spirited, to say the least. Progressive scientists were ridiculed for their ideas. Most geologists thought the Earth was shrinking. Contracting like a hot ball of iron, shrinking and exposing ridges that became mountains. Others were quite sure the planet was expanding. Growth widened sea basins and raised mountains. There was yet another idea, the theory that the worlds crust was broken into big plates that jostled around, drifting until they collided and jarred mountains into existence. That idea was invariably dismissed as pseudo-science.

Or utter damned rot as one prominent scientist said. But the doubtful theory of plate tectonics prevailed. Mountains, earthquakes, ancient ice ages, even veins of gold and fields of oil are now seen as the offspring of moving tectonic plates. Just half a century ago, most geologists sternly rejected the idea of drifting continents. But a few intrepid champions of plate tectonics dared to differ. The Mountain Mystery tells their story.



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