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The Trial of Alfred Wegener

 
Geography Starter

Starter

 
Court Document

Court Document

 

Name

Alfred Lothar Wegener

Photograph

Date of Birth

1 November 1880

Place of Birth

Berlin, Germany

Nationality

German

Education

Studied Natural Sciences at University of Berlin
1904: Ph.D. Astronomy (University of Berlin)

Employment

1905: Royal Prussian Aeronautical Observatory near Berlin, where he used kites and balloons to study the upper atmosphere.

1906: He and his brother Kurt broke the world endurance record by staying aloft for more than 52 hours in a hot air balloon.

1909: He lectured on meteorology and astronomy at the University of Marberg.

1914: He was drafted into the German army, but was released from combat duty after being wounded, and served out the war in the Army weather forecasting service

 

Publications

1911: The Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere - became a standard text throughout Germany.

1915: The Origin of Continents and Oceans.

 
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 
The Trial of Alfred Wegener
 

Task

You will be defending Alfred Wegener. You need to prepare your statement for the court. The following writing frame will help you.
 

Writing Frame

  1. Introduce your client
      • Who is he?
      • What does he do?
      • Why is he in trouble?
  2. What is your first piece of evidence?
      • How does the first piece of evidence prove that Pangaea existed?
  3. What is your second piece of evidence?
      • How does the second piece of evidence prove that Pangaea existed?
  4. What is your third piece of evidence?
      • How does the first piece of evidence prove that Pangaea existed?
  5. What is your fourth piece of evidence?
      • How does the first piece of evidence prove that Pangaea existed?
  6. Suggest a reason why the plates move.
  7. Closing statement.
 
Geography Review
Homework

Review and Homework Task

 
Ensure your statement is complete. Practice reading it out loud so that you are ready for court!
 

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