Sunday, May 1, 2011

Accelerated climate change. (Deep oceanic earthquakes could be the reason.)

Strong oceanic earthquakes could be responsible for climate change.

Q. Yes way? No way? Maybe-way?

A. maybe-way.

After the strong earthquake in the Indian ocean in December of 2004 that created a tsunami that killed almost one quarter of a million people in southeast Asia, I heard, only once, on television that some scientists said that the earthquake formed a mountain at the bottom of the sea and that the earth was moved on its axis by as much as one degree.

 Following the earthquake that shook the land in Chili, in 2010, and also produce a tsunami I heard, only once, on television that the earth was moved by as much as one degree on its axis.

 Just recently, after the earthquake that really shook Japan and caused another devastating tsunami, I read in the newspaper that some Italian experts affirmed that it was strong enough to displace the planet by four inches from its axis and that the Japanese coasts had been permanently moved from their previous position by over six feet. Man, those are major changes happening to our big ball, don’t you think? I’ve had the opportunity to see the Rocky Mountains and I know, after seeing them, that the earth is quite capable to show us much bigger moves although I don’t really care to see any of them. They must be very scary.

 The thing that puzzles me however is that those statements that I mentioned about the earthquakes of 2004 and 2010 were not followed by other comments or confirmations. You’d have a tendency to believe that such major happenings to our planet deserve to be investigated and analyzed in order to confirm the statements and to estimate what the repercussions of such important changes could be for humanity but the silence of scientists has been remarkable. Don’t you find that very strange? I do.

 It was about two years after the 2004 strong earthquake and tsunami that Al Gore, ex US Vice- President, published a report by a team of scientists that had gone to the Canadian north in order to investigate and report on the state of ice melting in that area. The results of that trip were in fact very alarming and devastating for anyone who cares about earth warming. It mentions that the melting of the ice cap and surrounding glaciers, which started some ten thousand years ago, was happening at a never seen before speed.

 A few years later, in 2008 to be exact, there was a report about ice breaking away from the Antarctic ice pack and I’ll let you read something official about it which I borrowed from Wikipedia encyclopedia.

 “In March 2008, a chunk of Antarctic ice, about seven times the size of Manhattan, suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, and an ice shelf about the size of Connecticut was "hanging by a thread" as of March 25, 2008.[13][14]

 For such a phenomenon to happen to such a vast area of ice is, in my mind, impossible to have been caused by the earth warming conditions created by man’s day to day habits. There had to be a triggering factor that happened a few years before that contributed to the ice break. Why do I say this? Allow me to tell you of a situation that happened to me about fifteen years ago which forces me to reason in this manner.

 Driving on a gravel road I met a truck and a small rock was thrown on my windshield by its tires. It didn’t break the windshield in a manner that it had to be replaced but rather left a small spot, at about four inches from the bottom, where it was visible that the glass had been broken. Quite a few months later, maybe eight or nine, I arrived home from work, parked the car and turned the engine off and became a witness to a very strange thing. Because the break in the glass was right in front of my eyes when sitting in the car, it was also the last thing that I looked at before I exited it. That afternoon was no different from the others and when I looked at it, a line started to run from the broken spot right up to the top of the windshield. It didn’t happen in one instant. It must have taken some five to six seconds for the break line to reach the top while I was attentively following its course. I sat there and was completely fascinated by what I was seeing and when I read about the March 2008 ice breakaway, my memory instantly recalled the windshield event and I naturally made a comparison.

That ice break happened four years after the Indian Ocean strong submarine earthquake that caused a big tsunami in South East Asia. When a phenomenon like that is created, the wave leaves the point of origin in all directions of the compass. Did that wave go as far as the Antarctic, hit the floating ice pack and did it cause a small break to appear in the ice in the same manner that the small rock did on my windshield? Did the ocean movements contribute to emphasize a small original break that resulted in the breakaway of that enormous quantity of ice?  It’s not easy to affirm and you can only draw your own conclusions.

When those strong oceanic earthquakes happen, do they change in any way the traditional trajectory of ocean currents which are responsible for many of the different weather patterns around the world? It might just be a personal feeling but it seems to me that there have been a smaller number of hurricanes that hit Florida and the Carolinas since the 2004 earthquake. Instead they appear to rather go through the Caribbean Sea in the direction of some very southern states of the U.S.A. such as Louisiana and Texas and to Central America and the northern part of South America. 

Are those earthquakes also responsible for the enormous changes in the climate of Europe and the U.S.A. that we’ve lately witnessed? In the last few years Europe has been hit by very dry spells, enormous storms such as hurricanes, big snow storms and inundations in larger numbers than was seen only a few years ago. Ditto for Australia. In the U.S.A., New York City was hit by at least three major snow storms this last winter and Texas has received much more than its fair share of snow as well. Again, on television news, I heard that, this year, violent storms were happening in the States in a larger number than in previous years.

I’m not trying, in this blog, to minimize the damages that man has caused and is still causing to the planet but is appears to me that every time that a special climate phenomenon happens, the passionate green people are very quick in pointing at man when they perhaps should evaluate the possible natural causes also. I’m a green people as well (my blog: Smoke silos) but I at least try to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to man what belongs to man. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions my dear readers.

© 2011 Jean-Paul Gosselin

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Take this with you.

A man walks up to the bar with an ostrich behind him, and as he sits, the bartender asks for their order.

The man says, "I'll have a beer" and turns to the ostrich. "What's yours?" "I'll have a beer too" says the ostrich.

The bartender pours the beer and says "That will be $3.40 please," and the man reaches into his pocket and pays with the exact change.

The next day, the man and the ostrich come again, and the man says "I'll have a beer," and the ostrich says "I'll have the same." Once again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.

This became a routine until late one evening, the two enter again. "The usual?" asks the bartender. "Well, it's close to last call, so I'll have a large Scotch" says the man. "Same for me" says the ostrich. "That will be $7.20" says the bartender. Once again the man pulls exact change out of his pocket and places it on the bar.

The bartender can't hold back his curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change out of your pocket every time?"

"Well," says the man, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and I found this old lamp. When I rubbed it a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever needed to pay for anything, I just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money will be there."

"That's brilliant!" says the bartender. "Most people would wish for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!" "That's right! Whether it's a gallon of milk, or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.

"That's fantastic!" says the bartender. "You are a genius! ... Oh, one other thing sir, what's with the ostrich?"

The man replies, "Oh, my second wish was for a chick with long legs."

Have a swell day, stay relaxed, have a beer and don’t forget: keep smiling. Life is good. Buena la vida. La vie est belle.