Continental drift is a geological term referring to the horizontal movements of continental plates against to one another and relative to the ocean basin. It explains how the continents move and why they are located where they are today (compared to the past, i.e. Pangea). The theory was first introduced in 1596 by Abraham Ortelius and later fully formed by Alfred Wagner in 1912, but it was not until the 1960s and the theory of plate tectonics (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics) that continental drift had wide acceptance.
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