Planet’s shape morphing with earthchanges

July 29, 2011 – ANTARCTICA  – The Earth was never perfectly round to begin with, due to its spin. Just as an ice skater’s skirt flutters up and away from her skates during her pirouette, water on Earth is more concentrated at the equator than at the poles. As recently as 22,000 years ago, several miles of ice covered much of the northern hemisphere. Since the downward pressure of land-based ice has reduced as the ice melted, the land underneath has “rebounded” causing the Earth to become more spherical, said Steve Nerem, an aerospace engineer at the University of Colorado at Boulder and coauthor of a new analysis of the Earth’s bulge. “It’s a bit like a sponge, and it takes a while to come back to its original shape,” Nerem said. Scientists had observed the bulge shrinking for years, but then something changed. Around the middle of the 1990s, they noticed that the trend reversed and the Earth was getting fatter, like a ball squeezed at the top and bottom — but until recently they didn’t have the tools to understand why. Gravity depends on mass, so any changes to the Earth’s shape changes the distribution of mass, and therefore its gravity field. Data from GRACE, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment — twin satellites launched in 2002 that make exacting measurements of Earth’s gravity field to monitor changes in ice mass, the amount of water in the ocean and losses in continental water — enabled the researchers to test a theory that the ice loss was changing the shape of the planet. GRACE took snapshots of the surface of the Earth every 30 days, allowing researchers to monitor changes in ice mass from the changes in the gravitational fields. They found that melting glaciers Greenland and Antarctica were indeed the biggest contributors to the Earth’s growing spare tire, as the huge amount of water was pulled to the equator. According to the researchers, the two regions are losing a combined 382 billion tons of ice a year. While the reduced mass on the continents will allow the land to spring back and make the planet more round, that process takes thousands of years. And in the meantime, the bulge is growing at about .28 inches per decade. The planet’s radius is about 13 miles bigger at the equator than at the poles right now, says Nerem. This means that the point on the Earth’s surface furthest away from its center is not the summit of Everest but rather the top of an Ecuadorian volcano. All this adds up to a strong signal that the planet is changing. –Physics.org
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9 Responses to Planet’s shape morphing with earthchanges

  1. skywalker says:

    very interesting info, love the picture 🙂

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  2. Gaur Nitai says:

    Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills. They shared the kind of lessons that elevate the spirit.

    One particularly illuminating lesson from the forest comes in the form of the Himalayan musk deer. The musk deer is referenced in Sanskrit poetry and philosophy owing to its peculiar behavior. Prized by the perfume industry for its exceptional aroma, musk is one of the world’s most expensive natural products, fetching more than three times its weight in gold. The aroma of musk is so alluring that when the musk deer’s sensitive nose catches wind of it he roams the forest day and night in pursuit of its source. He exhausts himself in a fruitless quest, never realizing the bitter irony: the sweet fragrance he was chasing resided nowhere but within himself. Musk, you see, is produced by a gland in the stag’s very own navel: it was searching without for what was all along lying within.

    The sages of India found in the musk deer an apt description of the human condition. We are all pleasure-seeking creatures wandering a forest of some sort — replete with pleasures and perils alike. Moreover, we are prone to the same type of folly as the deer: we seek our happiness externally. Misconceiving our true needs, we wrongly equate our fulfillment and self-worth with possessions, positions, mental and sensual thrills. We are often drawn into superficial relationships which hold the promise of lasting satisfaction, yet leave us feeling empty.

    The true treasure lies within. It is the underlying theme of the songs we sing, the shows we watch and the books we read. It is woven into the Psalms of the Bible, the ballads of the Beatles and practically every Hollywood film ever made. What is that treasure? Love. Love is the nature of the Divine. Beneath the covering of the false ego it lies hidden. The purpose of human life is to uncover that divine love. The fulfillment that we’re all seeking is found in the sharing of this love.

    The power of love is most profound. It has various levels. In its crudest sense, the word love refers to acts of physical intimacy, and its influence over society is obvious. But on a deeper, more emotional level, not simply of the body but of the heart, there is no greater power than love. For the sake of money and prestige, one may be willing to work long hours, weekends, even holidays. A mother’s love, on the other hand, is selfless and unconditional. There’s nothing she won’t do for the well-being of her child, and she asks for nothing in return.

    When love is pure it has the power to conquer. Lover and beloved conquer each other by their affection. The source, the essence, the fullest manifestation of love’s conquering power is the love of the soul for the supreme soul, or God. The sages who authored India’s sacred texts found that the most astonishing of all of God’s wonders was His willingness and eagerness to not only be touched by our love, but to be conquered by it. The cultivation of that dormant love is called the path of bhakti (devotion). This love is within all of us. It is the greatest of all powers because it is the only power that can grant realization of the highest truths and the only power that can reveal the deepest inner fulfillment in our lives. On the strength of this love we can overcome envy, pride, lust, anger and greed. There is no other means of conquering these diseases within us.

    One who loves God sees everything in relation to God. Therefore their love flows spontaneously toward everyone, at all times, everywhere. They even love those who wish them harm. If you love God, you can’t hate anything or anyone. If the love one offers is met with hate, it doesn’t die, rather it manifests in the form of compassion. That is universal love. It is not just a sentiment. It cannot be manifested merely by a shift in mental disposition. It can only come from inner cleaning, an inner awakening. Then that love becomes the reality of life.

    This inner cleansing is the goal of all spiritual practice. Every prayer offered, mantra chanted, or ritual performed should be for the purpose of removing the impurities which impede the full blossoming of unconditional love and compassion. This is the only way to peace, both individually and collectively. When our intrinsic love is awakened and our divine qualities shine through, we will not only find the pleasure we’ve been seeking but also become powerful agents of change in the world.

    We are all searching, roaming the forest like the musk deer, seeking the pleasures outside. When we recognize what we are really looking for and begin searching for the lost love within, at that point, the real journey of human life begins.

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    • Daisy says:

      Gaur Nitai, So very ture and well written.

      Whazzup? You too….lol

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    • idiotbox says:

      It would be nice if the religious actually did as they where told instead of make up the rules to suit the agenda, alas if that was the case then all that is going to happen would not need to, but it is to late for change now the path of the human race is set

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  3. Whazzup? says:

    So the earth is getting fatter?
    I thought is was just me.

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  4. The Mayans appeared to go back in time with their calendar to synch it with the 2012 winter solstice and in restropsect to their history. The idea of Christ was no where in the mix. I think date-setting and event-marking, for this and many other reasons is erroneous. Events seen in the heavens were commonly supposed to be hearlds for many pagans and astrologers annuciating important events. In the Hebrew tradition, important spiritual events were annuciated by a trumpet: Jubilee – Leviticus 25:9, Fall of Jericho – Joshua 6:5, Doing a good deed – Matthew 6:2 – so it comes as no surprise that the 2nd coming of Christ will come in the same manner: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and all the tribes of the Earth shall mourn because of him…And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect.” Matthew 24:30, 31 “For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible.” 1 Corinthians 15:52 “And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” Revelation 8:6

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  5. Star111Seed says:

    Gaur Nitai

    Thank you for your beautiful message.

    People are under the illusion that they need someone else to find their way home. In reality, you need no one other than your own connection to your own source or the God within.

    Following another will take you off course. Following another is the method of the antichrist to assure that one does not ascend, does not find their way home, because each path is so unique, so distinct, that if you follow in the footsteps of another you shall get lost within your own journey!

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  6. George Williams says:

    Yes, as time marches on more information is coming, out…
    Just today, 7/30/2011, two or more articles or reposts
    have been posted around the internet, on your point…
    Thanks for getting the word out….

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  7. JerseyCynic says:

    Oh Gaur Nitai,

    I have never read a more inspiring comment in all my years in the blog-o-sphere.

    I am passing your words along to everyone I know.

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