Pole Shift Around Town, posted by a, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm
This is interesting and I put this out to the community for either laughs or serious consideration. I have been of late more and more concerned about a coming apocalypse brought on by global warming. It is interesting to note that on March 26, 2008 a giant piece of thet Antarctic ice shelf collapsed into the ocean. See here: Web Link two days before on Mount Kiluaea in Hawaii an unusual plume of volcanic gas erupted. Web Link. The last time Hawaii had seen activity coming out of the the top of the mountain was in 1982. I was just in Hawaii and talked with a ranger there who said the scientists do not know exactly what has caused the volcanic activity.
Albert Einstein took an interest in the phenomena of pole shifts. He had this to say, "In a polar region there is a continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth's rotation acts on these asymmetrically deposited masses [of ice], and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth's crust over the rest of the earth's body, and this will displace the polar regions toward the equator." - Albert Einstein From The Path of the Pole by Charles Hapgood
And NASA is showing that in 1998 the Earth's equator is bulging. See the article here: Web Link. With scientists saying that the artic ice caps could be totally gone by the summer time in about four years, could that mean we would see a pole shift?? Does anyone believe this? The coincidence of the ice shelf collapse and the Hawaii volcano activity is too interesting to pass up.
Posted by Shrub shift, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2008 at 7:38 pm
a, interesting conjecture. Aside from the human pole shift that occurred in George Bush, with his brain migrating down his legs to his feet, leading him to have to secretly walk on his head, I'm not familiar with this phenomena.
Posted by Carolyn, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 6:39 am
The regular occurrence of magnetic pole shifts has been recorded by the orientation of magnetic materials in sedimentary and volcanic rock. The last is thought to have occurred about 730,000 years ago. This information is readily available by searching on the term.
Posted by a, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm
If Einstein were alive today what would he say about the melting of the polar ice caps? What would he say about global warming?
Last summer the poles saw a record amount of ice lost in the poles. "The amount of melt on Greenland's ice sheet last summer broke the previous measured record by 10 percent, according to new data analyzed by researchers at Colorado University. The 2007 melt was the largest ever recorded since satellite measurements began in 1979, researcher Konrad Steffen told colleagues at a conference of the American Geophysical Union this week, according to msnbc.com. "The amount of ice lost by Greenland over the last year is the equivalent of two times all the ice in the Alps, or a layer of water more than one-half mile deep covering Washington, D.C.," he said in a statement released in conjunction with the new study. Web Link
Also during last summer (2007) the Big Island in Hawaii, which has the Kiluaea Volcano, the most active volcano in the world, started rumbling with earthquakes. "An earthquake swarm (lots of earthquakes over and over again) that started Sunday morning has caused Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials to close the eruption site and all summit trails," wrote one blogger on her Web Site, Web Link. The Big Island had seen an earthquake swarm in 2005 with nothing coming of it she said, so she advised folks to sit tight until further information.
Winter passed and the ice caps stopped melting and proceeded with their seasonal ice build up. The earthquakes in Hawaii also stopped and everything went back to normal. But as spring rolled around again this year and the Earth began to heat up. In March scientists began noticing the Wilkins shelf was close to collapse. "The ice shelf is hanging by a thread – we'll know in the next few days or weeks what its fate will be," said David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey. He believed it could be gone within weeks. Around the same time as the polar ice shelf break up in the Antarctic, on March 19 Kiluaea had a small volcanic eruption from the top of its crater. The last time the volcano had seen activity from the top was in 1983. Lava has been flowing from the side of the mountain ever since, while the top crater went silent again until March of this year where huge plumes of volcanic gas currently continues to billow from the top.
On March 26, the Wilkins ice shelf fell into the sea. Six years earlier the Larsen B shelf near Greenland had fallen into the sea.
Hawaii is a hot spot in the Earth's crust. The islands were formed as a result of tectonic plates moving and the release of energy.
Albert Einstein believed that shifts in the polar ice caps caused tectonic plate movement. "In a polar region there is a continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth's rotation acts on these asymmetrically deposited masses [of ice], and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth's crust over the rest of the earth's body," Albert Einstein wrote in his foreword of the book The Path of the Poles by Charles Hapgood.
Scientists now also say that the polar ice will be gone by the summer of 2012. Web Link. The melting of polar ice caps is causing earthquakes in Iceland, according to scientists. Web Link. And in the Bay Area USGS scientists think that with each passing day it becomes increasingly likely the Hayward fault will cause the big one. Web Link
Posted by a, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm
here's the rest of my statement...
Interestingly the sun also peaks in 2012 and NASA says this solar maxima could be larger than normal. Web Link. Scientists are also increasingly finding that other plants including Mars is also heating up. Mars does not have humans who pollute. Scientists attribute warming to the sun. Web Link. While some scientists agree the sun contributes to global warming, the main contributors are people other scientists say. But whether it's the sun or pollution, everyone agrees the Earth is heating up and scientists say so is the rest of the solar system.
When the polar ice caps completely disappear, presumably by the summer of 2012, and when the sun will also be at its hottest, what could we expect to experience here in Palo Alto with the Hayward and San Andreas faults criss-crossing our backyards? If indeed Einstein is right that shift in polar ice causes shifts in tectonic plates, and Hawaii has begun to see the development of another volcanic eruption due to ice shelves collapsing, could we see the big one in the next few years? I think the answer is yes. Einstein would probably agree.
Posted by Carolyn, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm
Hotspots bubble up through Earth's crust, from within the mantle. The Hawaiian islands erupt as the Pacific plate moves over the hotspot. It's interesting to realize that the crust is eventually recycled at subduction zones, where heavier crust such as the Pacific plate dives below the lighter North American plate along the west coast. Friction builds up and earthquakes occur as the tension gives way to movement. Faults are effects, not causes, of earthquakes.Check out USGS's website for professional descriptions of this and anything else you're curious about regarding Earth science.
Interesting about the year 2012. In magnetic-reversal search results, 2012 was cited as when the next such reversal might occur. In wandering the Web I saw several references to that date, some of which would definitely put a twinkle in an old sage's eye. By the way, Walter, no definitive single cause readily came up as the cause of magnetic reversal, but I did see that it probably has to do with the greater magnetic field we are in, that of our solar system, which must have something to do with our galaxy, which may just relate to our universe...I'm sure I've missed something here...back to the Web--the electronic one that is.