The Rotating Earth
and Planet Tectonics
The shaping of Planet Earth by its Rotational Velocity
This project aims to explore the movement of continental masses as they break away from a splitting supercontinent, to re-congregate later as a new supercontinental mass. It explores the breakup of Pangaea from about 200Ma in detail and analyses the forces responsible for driving plate tectonics, the movement of both continental and oceanic lithosphere.
The analysis seeks to demonstrate that the forces responsible for tectonic plate movements are closely related to the unbalanced rotational velocity of the Earth, which is dependent on the Sun's gravitational pull on the asymmetrical positioning of the Earth's Centre of Mass.
The resultant unbalanced rotation causes the Earth to wobble on its axis and generates significant circumferential forces, sufficient to move continental masses and an essential component of the mechanics of plate tectonics. It is this which drives the movement of lithospheric plates, shaping and recycling the lithosphere as continents split and recombine.
It also seeks to demonstrate that the model of 'Slab Pull - Ridge Push' to drive plate tectonics is not a satisfactory explanation and that slab pull is not sufficient to maintain continuous plate movement.
Furthermore, the offset centre of mass gives rise to the tilted axis of rotation common to all the planets and offers an explanation of the reason why all the planets, excepting Venus, rotate in the same direction as the Sun.
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