Earth Expansion?

I’ve started to wonder whether earth expansion, and for that matter any planetary expansion, is physically possible. The reason I have started to wonder is from watching some videos Tim Cullen is linking to on his blog about Neal Adams’ graphic illustrations of earth and planetary expansion, starting with the Earth. I’ve also downloaded Adams’ theory as pdf for some holiday reading.

Expanding Earth theory has been well developed by James Maxlow using extant published geological information though my attempts to get a digital copy of the geology of the world was unsuccessful this year due to dataset inconsistencies, or so the it was asserted. That strikes me as ‘interesting’ and reminds me of the intensely tribal behaviour of many geoscientists who favour one or other geological paradigms.

I’m presently wading through all the issues of the NCGT Newsletters and journal to get an understanding of the alternative tectonic theories competing with Plate Tectonics; it’s very complex and confusing with some quite unusual ideas being put.

Comments here will thus be light a few until I get familiar with the competing theories.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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