An old Tale

That day in 1931, everything tourned bad for that german man. After several accidents and during several days of lack of supplies and temperatures under -60ºC, the wild continent of Greenland put his life to an end.

He came so far to this wild land from his homeland with a mission. To discover our planet's history. To learn reading the time, reading the rocks and seas. To see through thousand million years.

You now are invited to continue his mission. A puzzling research with crossing evidences, mad hypothesis and hidden clues.

An incredible scientific theory

Alfred Wegener, the german man that died in Greenland, was a scientist that in 1912 proposed the theory of the Continental Drift.

Following his hypothesis, he found evidences (fossil, geologic, metereologic,...) about ancient movements of the continents in our planet.

His theory wasn't accepted at the beginning: it would take time to other scientists to accept that Earth had a so long and complex history.

But after a time the Continental Drift Theory was accepted: continents are moving slowly and as a consequence, new seas and mountains are being created. Nowadays' continents are the result of ancient continents with strange names: Pangea, Laurasia, Gondwana.

In this activity, you will follow his steps, use evidences and make hypothesis to understand the history of a planet that is not ours, but could be.

Wegener during J.P. Koch's Expedition 1912 - 1913 in the winter base "Borg".

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Your mission

To do this activity, you will organize in teams of three people.

Following several steps, you will analyze evidences, extract conclusions, and test your conclusions with new evidences.

During the process, you will learn about Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift, Geologic Eras, and Paleomagnetism.

Your mission is to discover which is the story of an imaginary world, and determine which misterious forces and process had lead to its current (apparently quiet) appearence.

Follow the proposed steps on the left menu.