C

catastrophism Atlantic Ocean and,

24-25 disproving of, 17 modern-day, 16 overview of, 11-12 centrifugal force, 33-34 climate, 32 climate change and, 85-86

consensus, 9 continental crust, 83-84 continental drift. See also Wegener, Alfred contracting Earth theory and, 20 contraction theory and, 23 convection and, 45-48 criticism of, 33-34 early ideas on, 23-25 evidence for, 29-33 overview of, 18-20 plate tectonics vs., 79 seafloor spreading and, 56 continental shelves, 83-84

contracting Earth theory, 20, 23, 46-47 convection, overview of, 47

convection currents, 45-48, 84-87 convergent boundaries, 80, 84

conveyor belt, oceanic, 55-57, 60-63 Copernicus, Nicolaus, 7 cores, 57, 62, 67-68, 72 crust, defined, 68 Curie, Marie and Pierre, 38

Cuvier, Georges, 12

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