Did human activity contribute to the South East Asian disaster
Searching for the reasons and the meaning.
In the aftermath of the South East Asian catastrophe some have sought to lay blame in familiar places. The usual questions of why God did not stop the disaster
were quick to surface and were responded to with the same well worn platitudes. Then there were accusations that people who knew the disaster was about to happen did nothing to warn those
most vulnerable. It seems that these claims and counter claims are destined to form yet another sub culture of conspiracy theories similar to those that proliferated after 9/11.
Who, or what is to blame?
In our blame culture there has to be a scapegoat where nothing happens without someone or something being to blame. If so then who or what is responsible for the
South East Asian catastrophe? Is it just a straight forward random act of nature or is there a clear trail of evidence that makes this appalling disaster more than it seems. We believe that
there is. In fact we are convinced that enough evidence exists to say that this catastrophe may well turn out to be a product of global warming. This is very likely to be a hugely contentious
theory but we believe it deserves to be taken seriously because it could hold the key to much more devastating disasters in the near future.
So what then is the evidence that links global warming to one of the most destructive catastrophes of modern times?
The world beneath us.
The answer begins with an appreciation of the world that lies beneath our feet ( see pic below) We stand on a world that feels solid yet no more than 30 to 40
miles beneath the surface - far less at sea bed level - we come to molten layers of the Earth called the Mantle. Here large streams of magma flow in convection currents between the
lower levels of the Mantle where temperatures are around 4000 degrees centigrade and the upper Mantle where temperatures are at least several thousand degrees cooler. These hot magma streams
then cool and dive back down again to recommence the cycle. We believe it is in these swirling streams of magma that we can find the answer to what may come to be a recurring source of major
To a degree this convection process of underground magma streams is likely to be well ordered and stable. However just like any other process difficulties arise when some major change impinges upon the overall rhythm. In this
case we believe the change is our fast warming climate and its effects on Polar Ice and in particular the ice at the South Pole. As frozen ice the South Pole contains 70% of the Earthís fresh
water. This ice averages 1.6 miles in thickness and covers nearly 98% of Antarctica. The sobering truth is that if all this ice melted sea levels in the world would rise by about 200
feet - although this is unlikely to ever happen.
Staggering rate of melt.
Nevertheless Antarctic Ice is melting at a staggering rate. In recent times most notably in 2002 prominent icefields such
as the Larsen icefield have fragmented into the Ocean - in this case with a colossal break off weight of 500 billion tonnes. Although iceshelf break is a natural part of renewal it
is the current rate of this break that is worrying scientists as it poses a threat to delicate weather systems and the way that oceans behave. The truth is that despite some indications
Antarctica is warming up and its ice shelves are in danger of disintegration.
The North Pole and Greenland.
At the North Pole things are fundamentally different. Although ice is if anything melting at a faster rate it cannot raise sea
levels since it doesnít sit on a continental landmass and is already in the water. Its like the ice in your drink melting and not overflowing the glass. What is substantially more serious
is ice meltage in Greenland. Once again this is taking place at a staggering rate and scientists are concerned. A BBC report in the summer of 2004 highlighted the concern that
melting ice in Greenland is occurring much faster than expected. Travelling with the Danish scientist Carl Boggild of GEUS, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland,
the evidence uncovered was of a disturbing rate of melting. Carl Boggild commented: "There is no doubt that something very major is happening here."
For the full story on this report please turn to the following link:
The answer is....
This is all very fine. We all know that global warming is a reality and most of us accept that Polar Ice caps are melting.
But what has this to do with the South East Asia disaster. The answer is simply one of weight, and to explain this further let us return to the layers of the Earth that lie beneath us.
One of these Earth layers is called the asthenosphere - or the weak layer after its direct Greek translation because this is
exactly what the asthenosphere (see pic below ) is - it is weak and pliant - it bends and shifts and above it slide the lithospheric plates that carry amongst other things the slowly
And here is the central part of our argument. Ice at the Polar Ice caps weighs many trillions of tons. This weight is pressing down on the continental crust and in turn the asthenosphere,
which in turn affects the way that magma streams flow beneath it. When so much ice melts the compression of the magma streams is likely to change altering their flow and
possibly adding extra pressure to major subduction zones where continental plates are carried down towards the mantle.
Changed magma streams.
It is our belief that changed magma streams are capable of raising or lowering land masses and thus trapping major
plates together far more forcefully than before, culminating in much larger earthquakes. In addition it is thought that these magma streams are capable of a much much greater
disaster - that of actually tipping the world on its axis. For more on this please see our separate theme on magma
No random disaster.
In conclusion it is appropriate to say there is no such thing as a random disaster. Everything happens for a reason. The
bigger the disaster the more we search for answers and in some cases those answers require us to look for explanations in areas never before considered. The fact is
continental ice is melting. In turn the relaxed pressure on Earth layers such as the asthenosphere is bound to cause changes to the way the giant currents of magma are allowed to circulate.
Donít forget there is nothing new to ice cap melting. It is just the present rate of it that is frightening. Such changes within
such a short time are bound to lead to equally dramatic changes in the below ground currents of molten material transferring enormous pressures to places that were
previously not so vulnerable and producing disasters of the sort witnessed in South East Asia.
If global warming really is to blame for the South East Asia disaster then we have to strongly consider our place in the
world and the sort of planet we want for the future. This is after all one of the most disastrous of all periods since life first existed on the planet. We are already in the midst of the Sixth Extinction where countless species of flora and fauna have either perished or are marching headlong towards
some not too distant demise. Now we see that our activities in feeding our lifestyle may be producing a blueprint for horrific catastrophes in the form of earthquakes that may one
day wipe out all life on the planet. Certainly a cause for concern and certainly something that needs to be taken very seriuosly indeed.
To see how changed magma streams could threaten the entire planet please turn to the following link:
The final trigger
We have seen the count down to the South East Asia disaster, but what is likely to have been the final trigger? We
are strongly convinced that celestial factors feature very prominently on the list and our special feature on the subject
goes into this in great detail showing precisely how this disaster happened at a period when the planet was under fierce celestial forces. Forces that at some time in the future
will conspire to produce a similar if not far more deadlier catastrophe.
Full Moon brings more earthquakes.
An example of how potent an influence the Full Moon can be in sparking earthquakes can be seen from the Full Moon on
the 24 th - 25th January. This was the first Full Moon after the South East Asia disaster and incredibly the area around the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean - especially badly hit in
the catastrophe - had at least 160 earthquakes above 5 magnitude in just 6 days. This included a particularly active period just after the Full Moon on the 27th of January when
this vulnerable island chain was hit by over 60 earthquakes above 5 magnitude in just 24 hours.
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The South East Disaster - What really triggered it?
Extreme weather has affected numerous parts of the world.
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Can the Earth turn over on its axis?
Magma streams - the hidden danger.
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