Hot Earth Lacking Heat Source

Real Clear Science published an article lamenting that science can only explain half of the Earth’s internal heat. They believe that the earth’s heat sources are from radioactive decay products and residual heat when the planet was first formed.

Some of the heat is produced by radioactive elements, but there is some really unclear science when they write the following:

The main known sources of radioactivity within the Earth are unstable types of uranium, thorium and potassium – something we know based on samples of rock up to 200km below the surface.

The only rocks that come from those depths are kimberlites, and kimberlites are definitely not radioactive.

So what are the intrepid scientists going to do? Collect sufficient geo-neutrinos to identify which come from uranium, potassium etc.

We must also realise that mainstream science labours under the intellectual weight of Newton’s Gravity theory that has ossified into unchallengeable dogma.

In the previous post I suggested that planets are formed by prolonged plasma Z-pinch mechanisms and if so, and we have a planet like Earth that now has a weak Z-pinch field, (it has to have a weak Z-Pinch field because of the existing plasma configuration), and the previously. highly compressed matter is now slowly changing physical state to a lower pressure, higher volume state. This transition from high pressure, high temperature state to lower pressure and temperature states releases energy, and thus heat.

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Earth heat flow map. wikipediaCC BY-SA

So the high heat flows from the various spreading zones around the planet are from the outpouring of basalt from a more dense ultramafic parent in the upper mantle. Note that these zones of high heat source are not radioactive, evidence that they cannot have been sourced from a magma heated by radioactive decay.

The other oddity, and it is Wikipedia after all, is the high heat flow ice caps, Antartica and Greenland. Sort of counter intuitive I would suggest. I wonder if it is due to the presence of Chinese fried ice-cream desserts?

Ignoring gravity and using plasma universe physics, then the missing heat is not really a problem – a simple case of the Earth slowly expanding and degassing over time.

Update: Incidentally, a very weak plasma Z-Pinch field surrounding the Earth would result in a very weak Lorentz force that from symmetry would converge to the centroid of the Earth. Some would call this weak force gravity.

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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5 Responses to Hot Earth Lacking Heat Source

  1. Damian says:

    Could the Earth be expanding due to the potential “charge” difference between the Earth and the Sun. This potential difference is a pressure over the entire surface of the Earth which causes the Earth to expand in order to reduce this pressure over the larger surface area in much the same manner as a plasma sheaf?
    I would also expect the Earth and all Planets to be hollow in this scenario, Which is why Saturn is said to have so little density that it could “float on water”

    Cheers

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    • Planetary densities are derived from Newton’s equation and the arbitrary definition of water having a density of 1 Kg/m^3. The underlying assumption is that weight is a measure of the amount of matter in a body. It assumes gravity is caused by matter attracting matter. Under these assumptions the Sun and Saturn have very low densities.

      But if gravity is an electrical property of a body, then weight is a measure of what? The number of protons attracted to the negative charge layer inside the Earth? What about the neutrons in the nucleus.

      The charge difference between the Earth and Sun is difficult to determine – Earth charge would be at the top of the ionosphere, and there’s no high density material between that boundary and the Earth’s surface. What layer of the Sun is the charge defined by? Photosphere? Corona? So how is charge linked to expansion? Expansion of what? Obviously the solid earth and what has that object to do with electric charge state?

      Plasma physics involves electro magnetics and the Maxwell equations, which is different to electrostatics that involve static charges on the surface of bodies. Thus is the charge of the upper ionosphere electrostatic or electromagnetic? If electrostatic you use Coulomb’s equation, which is identical in form to Newton’s gravity equation.

      If the stellar Z-Pinch mechanism forms stars and planets are fizzled out stars, then cavities inside planets are implausible, for it means that cavities are formed by plasma Z-pinches, which is not possible. Z-Pinches exclude cavities in compressed matter. Cavities are also negated by the gravitational accretion mechanism as well. The idea of hollow planets arises from the very low densities estimates of the Sun and planets.

      As Martin Rees averred, we still don’t understand gravity, and that’s the problem.

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  2. Fabio says:

    Degassing… Storetvedt!

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  3. Fabio says:

    Wrench Tectonics is based on the degassing If Earth

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