Do you feel the drift? Is it possible for continental drift to happen much faster than most allow? Hear our groundbreaking podcast here (iTunes users here). Richard Moody who has a Masters degree in Geology (SUNY - Albany) believes that plates may move fast, up to 100 times current rates (~4cm/yr.).* We call this Rapid Plate Movements (RPM's).
Pioneer continental drift advocate Alfred Lothar Wegener (d. 1930) had a Ph.D. in Astronomy (University of Berlin) and assumed that Europe and North America were quite close to each other during the ice age. Given the mainstream date that the ice age ended 10K years ago, that comes out to plate movements of 1,500 feet each year! RPM indeed.
James Head in a paper in Nature, proposes that there was a great flood on Venus and that it has experienced “rapid plate tectonics.” Could the same RPM’s have occurred on Earth?
Charles Hapgood who wrote Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings advocated catastrophic pole shifts for the Earth. Hapgood’s work was the basis for the disaster film 2012 directed by Roland Emmerich. Even Stephen Jay Gould suggested that this theory deserves a fair hearing and should not be dismissed out of hand. Can the pole shift idea be rehabilitated by combining it with plate tectonics? Albert Einstein wrote the Foreword to Hapgood’s book on pole shift and met him in 1955.
The New Yorker in 2015 had an article on how the Cascadia plate is likely to move coastal Washington and Oregon about 100 feet in just minutes. Seattle and Portland could be destroyed. The likely 9.2 magnitude earthquake could be coming to the Pacific Northwest soon. Shepard Smith (FOX) dealt with this eminent danger in an interview with Michio Kaku.
Can you move as fast as Bruce Lee? Can you move as quick as the earth? Richard Oldham was a British geologist who was the first to distinguish P-waves, S-waves and surface waves. His report on the 1897 Assam earthquake described the Chedrang fault, with uplift up to 35 feet and ground movements greater than Earth's own gravitational acceleration. Some ruptures may move as fast as 13K mph!
In the scifi film JapanSinks, the reality of Rapid Plate Movements (RPM's) was presented with great dramatic style. It was long thought that many geologic features took a long time to form. Now it is generally regarded that most strata were made in a rapid, catastrophic fashion, such as turbidites. Why has the catastrophic paradigm not been applied to plate tectonics? Go RPM's!
*much of the material for this post is from YES - Young Earth Science, ch. 6,
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