The fit of the continents around the Atlantic

@article{Bullard1965TheFO,
  title={The fit of the continents around the Atlantic},
  author={Edward Crisp Sir Bullard and J. E. Everett and A. Gilbert Smith},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  year={1965},
  volume={258},
  pages={41 - 51}
}
  • E. Bullard, J. Everett, A. Gilbert Smith
  • Published 28 October 1965
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The geometrical fit of the continents now separated by oceans has long been discussed in relation to continental drift. This paper describes fits made by numerical methods, with a ‘least squares’ criterion of fit, for the continents around the Atlantic ocean. The best fit is found to be at the 500 fm. contour which lies on the steep part of the continental edge. The root-mean-square errors for fitting Africa to South America, Greenland to Europe and North America to Greenland and Europe are 30… Expand

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