Scene 7: Shape Evidence
What happens: The narrators introduce the idea of shape evidence before we join Wegener trying to convince a doubter to accept the idea. Pangea assembles incorrectly twice, before finally coming together in the correct way. The doubter, unconvinced, asks other doubters to join him in refuting Wegener’s idea.
Pangea – with continents
Narrator 1: Shape evidence
Narrator 2: Have you ever looked at a map of the world and imagined that the continents might actually fit together like a giant puzzle?
Narrator 1: Many have!
Narrator 2: Wegener took this question, and then took one step further.
Narrator 1: He DID something instead of sitting around!
Narrator 2: Wegener is great because he asked “What if?” and “Why not?”
Narrator 1: He went looking for data!!!
Doubter: Now what are you working on?
Wegener: I’m looking for evidence of our continents fitting together.
Doubter: Continents fitting together?
Wegener: Yes, they fit like a puzzle and they moved because of continental drift.
Doubter: Man I don’t believe you.
Wegener: Look I’ll show you.
Wegener: Does this look right?
Wegener: Now do you believe it?
Wegener: Now, that looks right. Does anyone here believe me???
Scene 7. Shape Evidence.
Description: Wegener presents evidence of shape ( fit of the continents) to a doubter. Pangea team will assemble slowly. But doubter still is in disbelief.
Music: “Fantasia: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
Props/Costumes: Enlarged continents and “Pangea” t-shirts
Spotlight on narrators, then Wegener and doubter.
The scientific journey
The observation that the continents fit together like pieces of a puzzle–that the eastern coasts of North and South America line up with the western coasts of Europe and Africa–was early evidence for an ancient supercontinent. You can learn more about this content with a video on the IdeaFactory website called “Pangea”.