Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mother Earth is screaming

The natural disasters just don't stop. Thinking our planet is trying to tell us something. Sudden volcanic eruptions in Central and South America.

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Blogger said...

OMG. Maybe the Mayans were right. Or was it the Aztecs? Whomever it was that predicted the world would end in 2016. Or was it 2012?

4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think maybe it was Nostradamus. :) Seriously though, the volcanic activity seems higher than usual to me. And I've actually wondered for years now whether extracting all the underground resources doesn't change something in the geological balance once they deplete whatever they're after and leave an empty hole.

5:53:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

2012 according to the Mayan Calendar but what the hell did they know? There was a big fuss in 1982 because of Mother Shipton, now, thank God, deservedly forgotten. Nostradufus couldn't predict the iPhone much less the end times and for those ignorati, the "world" was a pretty small and laughable place anyway.

The "world" has always been about to end and we're always telling ourselves that there are more earthquakes and floods now than before, but it's not true. This planet has had disasters we can hardly imagine and some lasted hundreds of thousands of years and took millions to recover from.

I'm willing to believe it's possible that melting ice caps may change the pressures on continental masses and maybe cause some quakes, but there's no data that shows it so far.

The oil we pump out is such an infinitesimal amount relative to the mass of the crust it just doesn't matter unless it's a small sink hole here or there under a collapsed mine.

Don't forget the 20 megaton explosion over Tunguska in 1908 or the Mount Tambora explosion in 1815 that caused a year without a summer in Europe and North America. The sun was so dim you could see the spots with the naked eye.

And then there was the Santorini Explosion 3800 years ago that could be seen as far away as Egypt and may appear in the Bible. It wiped out civilizations and may have killed millions from temporary climate change. It caused apocalyptic fervor in the civilized world and yet, we're still here.

Krakatoa in 1883? big enough to change the climate for 5 years and the printing presses were hot from turning out learned and not so learned books about proof of the coming apocalypse.

I'm still here, and I'll bet you are too.

12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

True enough Fogg. I can remember other times in my life when the natural disasters felt this big. Usually in the el nino years. But the planet really is warming. Also had a passing thought that all this volcanic activity might be the earth's way of cooling off a bit.

1:12:00 PM  

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