Earth's Axis Tilt
And Rising Seas
An axial shift is a difficult concept for most people to wrap their minds around. One too many disaster movies and most people, including a lot of scientists, believe such a dramatic shift in the angle of the tilt would be accompanied by Global destruction and disasters. Not true. This shift is about a 2000 mile shift which leaves us 2000 miles further to the south during the summer and 2000 miles farther to the north during the winter. Spring and Fall would be at the same positions. Most people forget that the Earth is about 25,000 miles in circumference, thus as the Earth rotates on its axis, the entire planet turns just over 1042 miles every hour and turns 25,000 miles every 24 hours. No global calamities, no destruction.... none of us can feel our planet turning 1042 miles every hour, so why would you believe that you could notice a 2000 mile shift? And if we are not having global disasters from our hourly 1000 mile rotation... then why would you think there would be global upheavals from a 2000 mile shift? Yes, there are signs and effects from this shift, but not in such a dramatic calamity. The changes are there but much more sedate than the doomsday believers might expect. And shifts like these are not unusual to our planet. There are numerous documentaries which describe how Earth's axis has tipped over in past millennia when previous meltdowns of the polar ice caps occurred creating a shift in the axis.
As the polar ice continues to melt, the weight distribution of the planet begins to change. The south pole acts as a gyroscopic anchor in maintaining the balance of the planet. As it continues to melt, Earth will slip farther on its axis. Since the diameter of the Earth is larger at the equator, the weight of the planet is also heavier at the equator, so as the ice melts at the poles, the water levels equalize and rise in an even weight distribution which leaves less weight at the poles and more at the planet's midsection based on girth. The more ice that melts, the less weight at the poles and the planet begins to shift toward the heaviest section at the bottom. The earth will not invert upside down because it is top light and bottom heavy. There is not enough land-based ice weight at the north pole to invert the planet. Therefore we will end up on our side with the poles horizontal instead of vertical.
What happens if you take a rubber ball and add a metal strip around the mid section to make it heavier... then float the ball in water? The heavy point will be on the bottom, so the planet will continue to rotate, but it will do so on it's side.
Since the ice does not melt in a day, the slippage in the axis will occur in moderate amounts. Not all at once, but some shifts will be more significant than others until the entire polar ice has been completely melted and the planet ends up laying on its side. The focus on this page is the shift which has already occurred.
However, according to an Aug 2007 report on CNN, world scientists have estimated total polar meltdown by 2020. This date also coincides with the US Gov't estimate that there will be a global water shortage in 2020. Since a full meltdown will raise sea levels by 297 ft (20 stories), a lot of water tables and water sources will be contaminated. Not only by sea water, but by the contamination which will mix with the water as it covers the cities, factories and chemical plants. So, it is interesting that both have fixated on the same year.
Some scientists believe the meltdown could occur 5 years sooner. From what I have seen of the current condition of the polar regions and the rate of melting, The first week of July 2008, CNN reported that world scientists expected a complete melting of the arctic by Sept 2008. Right now, the gov't is limiting access to current satellite imagery of the polar regions. Most of the images are dated 1999 and earlier. For those images later than 1999, they have all been censored or modified to block the view. Why would the images be kept from the public... unless there is something they don't want you to see.
Unfortunately, most people will be in denial until the water starts lapping at their doorstep... and then they will all cry for someone else to do something about it. People are their own worst enemies. They refuse to listen to scientific data, attack anyone who does not share their opinion and then they want everyone else to fix their problems that they had refused to acknowledge. And when they get desperate, these will be the people who will prey on and victimize those who planned ahead. It would seem to me that everyone should start planning ahead to take care of their own needs and stop attacking those people who are trying to help them understand what is happening to our planet.
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