The Inflation of Earth… 2 March, 2007Posted by paralleldivergence in astronomy, Earth, education, Geology, Google Earth.
When I went to school, one subject I really enjoyed was Geology – the study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. I also loved reading comic books and admiring the wonderful artists that produced the amazing pieces of artwork that filled each comic. But never in my wildest dreams did I think that a comic book artist would destroy the foundation of my understanding of the geology of our planet. But that’s exactly what one comic book artist has done.
The above diagrams represented my “knowledge” of how the Earth formed, from the single landmass of Pangaea which violently broke apart 225 million years ago forming Laurasia and Gondwanaland. These further broke apart into about twelve separate plates which, over all those millions of years, have drifted and come to form the continents as we know them today. Of course, my “knowledge” was provided to me by others – teachers and textbooks.
Now, Plate Tectonics is a theory that the Earth’s outer shell consists of a series of rigid plates known as the lithosphere. These plates move in response to convection currents within the mantle. The interactions of the plates at their boundaries yield earthquakes, volcanic activity, ocean trenches, island chains, mountain ranges and other features. I even remember making a model showing how volcanoes form in plate subduction zones. It was a great model and I received a gold star. However, like all theories, they are not proofs – but among geologists, plate tectonics is widely accepted as fact – except with Creationist geologists of course.
Around the same time as this theory came into vogue, an Australian geologist named Samuel Warren Carey was quietly rethinking the whole concept of Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. Rather than a single landmass that was originally floating in an enormous ocean, suddenly breaking up and drifting off, Carey proposed that the Earth’s crust covered the entire Earth, not just a small part of it. Furthermore, the reason for the breakup of the crust is because the Earth was once much smaller than it is now, and it was a continuing inflation or growing of the Earth that caused the crust to break apart.
Very few took notice of Carey’s work and following his death in 2002 it was expected that the Expanding Earth theory would also die, but that’s where the comic book artist steps in. Neal Adams was one of my favorite comic artists. Batman, the X-Men and the Green Lantern were very much a part of my childhood. But Adams was also a visionary and progressive. Although he was born in 1941, he has easily transformed from traditional comic book art through to complex digital animations and it is through this medium that he has been able to explain Carey’s Expanding Earth theory to the masses. Adams has produced a fascinating 10-minute animated documentary that challenges traditional views of the Earth. The whole foundation of geology is rocked by the revelations it contains (pun intended).
Please carefully consider the contents of this video. The repercussions will cause aftershocks that will echo around the world. There is no subduction. I did not deserve that gold star.
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