Earth is a dynamic system. Like what was done in the study of our own bodies, science has broken it up into subjects such as geology, hydrology, oceanography. Only recently have the studies begun to be integrated with each other. Consider the weather. Weather began to be studied as a global system in the 1970s through the use of improved tools. Before then science had lots of separate pieces of information about it, but did not know how they all fit together. Before we “knew” we got theories. Guesses. And as anyone who has ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle knows, without a good picture on the top of the box, you really have only guesses where pieces fit together. Once the puzzle begins to take shape though, you can fit things together faster and easier.
We have huge amounts of information about the earth now. Information on magnetic pole reversals, fossil discoveries, Greenhouse gas measurements, climate changes. Scientists have theories about how this information fits together. Educated guesses yes, but has anyone seen the top of the earth puzzle box? The most profound effects of the currently ramped up geophysical earth processes such as sunspots, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc., may not be their physical ones. Instead their greatest effects may be on the current scientific ideas of how these events fit together and relate in the systems of earth.
Before you let some expert convince you that the “end” of the world is imminent, please take a step back. Take a deep breath. Take a larger view. Take the warnings with a grain of salt. There are an awful lot of guesses, and a lot of unproven theories. Don’t allow them to unduly alarm you.
At least until they can show you the completed puzzle or the top of the box.
Links to pages of information about geophysical events around the world.
Earth’s Active Volcanoes
About the sun
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