The ‘science’ of why the Earth is expanding
Posted October 01, 2018 05:16:59A new study has found that the Earth’s surface is expanding, but its not at a rate that can be explained by natural processes.
The findings could help explain why there’s been an increase in earthquakes in China, and why a recent study published in Science reported that climate change is playing a role in the earth’s recent expansion.
The new study, by University of Washington geophysicist Michael Molnar, looked at the Earth System Model (ESM) and found that when the planet is “climatologically stable,” its surface is actually expanding.
That means the Earth, and the atmosphere, are becoming more and more dense.
But Molnars study shows that it is not the Earth itself that is expanding as much, it’s the atmospheric processes that are the culprit.
“The increase in surface area observed in recent decades is primarily the result of changes in the ocean,” Molnaries paper said.
“The Earth is getting denser and more uniform.
That makes it easier for the oceans to trap CO 2 .
So the increased surface area increases with increasing CO 2 concentrations.”
In this case, the Earth was expanding because of changes to the ocean.
When the oceans were relatively dense, CO 2 molecules that could sink to the bottom of the ocean were released and trapped in the deeper layers of the sea.
The paper found that ocean temperatures have warmed over the past two decades, and that that increase in temperature led to a “small but statistically significant” increase in the amount of CO 2 that is being trapped in deep water.
“We don’t know how much this change affects the rate at which CO 2 escapes into the atmosphere,” Mankovic said.
The research also found that increasing the temperature of the oceans also increases the rate of CO2 escaping into the air.
This increased release also caused a rise in sea level, which is linked to a decrease in rainfall.
When you look at the data, Molnaria said, you see the Earth appears to be getting more and longer.
But the surface is becoming denser as it gets closer to the horizon.
The fact that the ocean has warmed, as well as a drop in rainfall, could be causing the increased density of the atmosphere.
“When you have an atmosphere that is very dense, it creates an atmosphere with a high pressure at the surface and a very low pressure below,” Minskar said.
“You have the potential to have very high temperatures and very high precipitation.”
So, why does the Earth seem to be expanding more than previously believed?
“When the oceans are dense and when they’re growing, that makes it more difficult for the atmosphere to trap carbon dioxide.
So the higher temperatures and the higher rainfall are causing a large increase in CO 2 in the atmosphere.”
Molnar believes that the increased carbon dioxide levels are causing the Earth to expand.
And that could have a negative impact on global climate.
“If CO 2 levels are increasing, that is probably going to cause more heat, which means that if there is warming, the planet will have more heat.
It could be a problem for global temperatures,” Minkovic said, “because we already see that warmer temperatures increase the chance of extreme weather.”
The study will appear in the next edition of the Journal of Geophysical Research.
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