Inner Core, Outer core, Aesthenosphere, Mantle, Upper Mantle, Crust, Lithosphere
Lithosphere. Lithosphere. Lithosphere
So it seems that the Indo-Australian plate is splitting.. just off the West coast of Indonesia. 2 large earthquakes (measuring 8.7 and 8.2 on the Richter scale) were recorded in April 2012 that shook the floor of the Indian ocean despite being outside of the hazardous ‘Ring of Fire’ (a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur). The result was a dramatic quadruple fault rupture in Earth’s crust which caused shock waves to reverberate across the planet in the form of numerous earthquakes. Like a quiver response, if you will.
Meanwhile the African plate is also splitting in two, resulting in the formation of The East African Rift. The Afar Triple Junction – located at the northern end of the EAR – is one of the few places on Earth where we can witness plate divergence as the continental crust is actively splitting apart to form a new ocean.
The South American continental plate also seems to be overriding the Nazca oceanic plate while, simultaneously; the Altiplano-Puna plateau is being uplifted in the Central Andes by a enormous formation of molten rock in the Earth’s crust. This formation is the largest active magma body on Earth and has a large dome abscess sitting atop of it. This dome is gradually moving upward as a direct result of the thickening of the Earth’s crust due to rapid injections of magma from below. Andes.. “keep lifting me higher.. lifting me higher and higher.”
“It’s been a long while since there’s been a significant catastrophic volcanic eruption in Modern history” I think to myself.. but am also aware this could easily be debated.
Evidently, natural gas and petroleum are formed when layers of decomposing plant and animal matter are exposed to intense heat and pressure under the surface of the Earth over millions of years. Fossils, if you will. And here we are.. using the dead remnants of these bodies of the ancients as sources for generating heat and electricity in our everyday life. Weaving old spirits through the fabric of our industrialised realities.
Similarly, coal is formed from the remains of plants that lived millions of years ago in tropical wetlands, such as those of the late Carboniferous period. The forests and the low-lying wetlands of the Carboniferous period stretched across the super-continent Laurussia. The wetlands ended when the land level was raised by the pressure of the Godwana continent.
And so here they are again, (these plant remnants that are coal) poisoning our atmosphere like malevolent zombie creatures excavated from the haunted depths of some earthly tomb.
But then again, maybe the Earth has just employed us – little human idiots – in recent history, to blindly stray from the natural cycle of universal balance .. to help her remove these vulgar toxins that she no longer wanted there anyway; these toxic things that wiggle ‘neath her flesh. And maybe in doing so, we fuck a whole lot of other things up.. but maybe that fuck up is a necessary destruction for some other super continent or some atmospheric shift to take place.
Perhaps she’ll just kill us off like drones once our jobs here in the factory are done.
Then again (again), maybe in order for our hypothetical idealistic (come realistic) “new world order” to be born we have to learn from our present destructive human idiot ways and combine sustainable ancient practices with future technologies, who knows?
And I am typing this on a sequence of buttons (with inscribed symbols on them) connected to a black flip-able plastic book (made from aforementioned excavated resources) that is currently connected to a wall (in my little white house) by some woven wires and cables of a soft ductile metal with high thermal and electric conductivity called copper. That, coincidentally, is also an essential trace dietary mineral to all living organisms on Earth. But here, in my mere mortal form, it is rendered mainly in my muscles, liver and bones.
Which are sitting on a plate that is not made of porcelain.
What a whacky world