2011-05-31

70th Anniversary of Wegener's death

Alfred Wegener, el principal impulsor de la teoría de la deriva continental y la tectónica de placas (la base de la geología actual), murió en el ártico en 1931 y allí permanecen sus restos, desaparecidos en algún lugar bajo el hielo.
'We stand against [the earth] like the judge stands against a defendant who refused to give any information, and we have the task to reveal the truth by circumstantial evidence.' From 'Die Entstehung der Kontinente und Ozeane' (Alfred L. Wegener, 1929).
12, May 1931 the body of Alfred Wegener is found on the ice of Greenland, the remaining members of the expedition led by Kurt Wegener, Alfred´s brother, use a drill pipe to mark the grave with a cross. They respected Wegener´s love to the Arctic and buried him in the ice he had studied for many years and on various expeditions (photography by the Alfred Wegener Institute).
[Extraído de History of Geology]