Sunday, March 1, 2009

Impregnating a Planet

Born from the ashes of stardust and the universal force of gravity, material exposed to the milky way's shakenly abrupt burp found a tip-toin, rootin-tootin dancin pardner - not too square to boogie, these cowboys of rock and plunder collide as they step on each other's toes. Conglomeratting as if being bigger is always better, a cowboy's motto, the clumps of carbonite, crystal and clay collide by enormous proportions, as if the increases in mass were creating their own universal forces - a beautiful thing that is electromagnetism.

Through periods of cooling, of melting, of molting, of seeping, of billowing, and of sleeping - the Earth then stood motionless. Floating in space as only the great astronauts have experienced. Only the ever so slight spin from some mysterious pull of that bright light... The mass and precipitation of the anticipation of its instigation cause explanations of mystery - we can speculate it happened...

It could be argued that life began when the Earth found it's sister - the Moon. Speculation can only be made on the Moon's beginnings - one prevalent thought is that it burst from the Earth after a magnific collision from an asteroid from the depths of the Pacific. In any case, it is also believed that the Moon was born about 4.53 billion years ago. At this point in time, it could also be argued that the world was flat... Not round, or creviced, or mountainous, or corpulus - the surface of the earth resembled cracks and fissures, but the mountains of our great plains were far from what they are now, they were flat. That was until the Moon began to shine the wonderful presence of the universal force - gravity.

Gravity shone and pulled our masses tight - the waves of our oceans can attest to that. The Moon's ever so slight gravitational pull, relative to both masses and radius from each other - as the apple once whispered to Newton - can create this mystical force of weight fullness... By Newton's Laws, it can be argued that without the Moon - Earth's gravity, we would not know what we know of it today...

Gravity holds us all here. The Earth beneath us is beckoning for every single piece of matter that belongs to it, from simple toothpick to complex rabbit, it calls for us to stay, it wants us all. Gravity, as Newton's Law explains, pulls large masses towards each other, and as the constant drift of the Moon encircles us, another mass of gravity - the Earth's Core, circles and spins in a constant chaos.

Molten of nickel, silicon, oxygen and iron, at temperatures up to 7500 degrees Celsius, hotter than the surface of the great light, the Core is still. As if gravity cannot come to grip's with it's lost pardner. After the colossal collision with the twinned Sister, the ever so slight pull of the universal force is suddenly present - the Moon appears set to a blanket of stars. Pulling the hot inner fervour of balance and life, the Core begins to spin. Spinning in a tizzy of dizzy twisting chaos, the nickle and iron and oxygen and silicon find a new life - friction - energy suddenly not being able to hold back the true entropic nature of it's intentions - a magma layer shoots forth from the previously barren landscape we used to call home. As the hot shots of pot and kettle boil, the ashes of the stardust burst forth, releasing all the light natured vapours we now call an atmosphere, but it was once known as a toxic dust.

Rocked and Rolled
The first shift in our magnetic poles may have happened at this point in our long history of time. And we owe our magnetic pole to the magical spin of hot iron and nickle. Magnetizing our planet with a spin of hot iron and nickle prevents our inhospitable beating of our sun, and keeps the precious atmosphere of our oxygen intact. We owe everything to the spin, and arguably the moon. Without the spin and the magma, our mountains would not have formed, our tectonics could not shift and our genetic soup would have never had the chance to electrolyze and dance in the stew of our make-up. As the spin continues, so does our Moon - ever so slightly outwards towards the Milky Way.

Spin Up and Spin Down
The Moon is drifting off into the clouds - like Icarus finding the path to the Sun - the Moon, as it escapes to the heavens, will one day lose it's wings and be reduced to nothing but stardust in an cataclysmic collision with another asteroid or planet. Our sister sharing our milky-shake with the way, is moving away from us, at a rate of 4 cm every year. At this rate, if we pull out Newton's rants and illogical definition of Gravity;

Gravity = Gravitational Constant, G (9.81 m/s2) times Mass of Earth (5.97x10^24 kg) times Mass of Moon (7.35 x 10^22) divided by Distance, squared between the two (384,400 km)...

So right now, we exhibit a magical force back and forth from the Moon to our Core and to our Oceans. But if the Moon is drifting away, won't the magical drift of gravity subside? Of course!! If we time travel 1,000,000 years into the future, our Sister will have moved 40,000 km farther away from us, at which point our gravitational pull will be 17% decreased. The math I can prove, the time frame, I won't be able to observe.

De-Positionally Spinning Into Chaos
I think that life on Earth has been created from the spin - without this, we'd be like one of the other rejects in the family, let's say Mars for example. Mars is boring, plain, full of rocks and craters - you don't see Mountains and River valleys on Mars - sure it may have a few caps on it, but the only time Mars attacks is in our dreams. The Earth spins with fervour thanks to the Moon - but if the Moon gives the Earth's spin, and the Moon is drifting, is our rotation slowing? Well, slightly yes - at a rate of 2.2 seconds every 100,000 years.

We currently spin at a rate 465 m/s around the empty universe. It's a tough speed to imagine, but Einstein always thanked his relatives on this one... In 1,000,000 years, we'll be rotating around 22 second slower than we are today, an indication that our speed, our rotational velocity has slowed, or we have decelerated. When a change of acceleration, or deceleration happens, a force, can be calculated. The rotational force lost can be simplified by force equals mass times acceleration. So at the rate we are hitting the brakes, we'll also be generating units of force somewhat equivalent to the force of the Moon's drift - imagine all the mass in the earth on a train, and trying to hit the brakes - it would take infinite amounts of energy, close to the amount that the gravitation pull is losing...

Artificial Insemination
I grew up a Star Trek geek - no not the powdered plastering of words from Shatner, the eloquent pronunciation of Jean-Luc. A show of universe, imagination and peace. I recently wondered - what if I woke up tomorrow and forgot it all, not just the show - everything in my life. Long-term memory wiped clean, as if the paintstrokes of picasso's playground melted off the canvas - how would I think? Instincts would still be basic - thought still there - right and wrong determination predetermined - like something from a brand new seed has been planted - a seed of innocence. Star Trek makes me dream of planet impregnation - to start a planet from scratch - like finding the perfectly sized Moon for Mars - start the spinning of cycling mastery that our Earth currently contains. How would everyone else think if they forgot who they were? Would the Christian believe in the Creator if evolution was preached and practiced? Would things be ultimately different, with all the knowledge out in the world to possess a viewpoint of the open mind? How would that be? If only there were a few Martians living amongst us...

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