8. Earth’s continuous Regeneration Cycle
From the arguments put forward above it is possible to construct the regeneration cycle of the Earth’s lithosphere. This is shown in Fig 31.
Fig 31 / ©2020 R. Maurer
The vibrational patterns known as the Milankovitch cycles which are associated with the rotating/orbiting and unbalanced tilted planets will create circumferential stress patterns in the outer rim. These stresses will cause the crustal masses to move from the heavier to the lighter side. In doing so, they will undergo continuous changes in size via boundary changes, travel direction and topography. Typical types of force-driven metamorphic and topographical changes which include orogenic and volcanic activity, igneous pluton formation, and changes in mineral composition, are illustrated in Fig 31. The formation of new plates and their subsequent denudation over geological time due to erosion will cause the ever-changing lithosphere to be redistributed over the Earth’s surface. Taken together with the continuous and constant Earth’s rotation, the lithosphere will be continuously recycled as has always been the case since its formation.