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Comment: 17:31 - 18:24 (00:53)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 5. The Birth of a Theory
Keywords: "Tanya L. Atwater", "Frederick Vine", "Drummand Matthews", "sea floor", "magnetic field", "mid-oceanic ridge", "Scripps Institution of Oceanography"
Our transcription: Vine and Matthews figured out this idea and published it in kind of an obscure paper to start with.
But then when Fred Vine collected enough profiles across different mid-ocean ridges and saw that it really was true, he went on the road, and he was talking about it to anyone who would listen.
In December of '66, he gave a lecture at Scripps Oceanographic Institution that just changed the whole direction of the institution.
I arrived there as a graduate student in January of 1967.
I thought I was coming to this venerable old oceanographic institute that everybody would be a little bit bored, and they were just crazy.
There were records strewn out on the floor all over halls.
Everybody was just all in a chaos over this new idea. It meant a totally different way to explain almost everything on the sea floor.
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