originally posted by: muzzy
a reply to: HollywoodFarmGirl
I like your anology with the Pacific Plate and the Hours of the Clock face,
good idea for a blog
"the clock is ticking"
your time will come, but you won't like it when it does
Thank you so much, Muzzy! Not so much as for the reality of what awaits, ut rather, as a Visual Student, this graphic is deliciously intoxicating. It
shows the Ping-Ponging eastwest, in addition to illustrating the northward/southward rippling-wave-like effect.
I wonder if one were to apply this visual with all 7+ within the past, say, 50 years....I'd try to see "when" this ping pong dance commenced...or if
there is a beginning...? Has it always ping-pong-ed, these EQs...this crust movement? If I apply the ol' physics law, "something in motion stays in
motion until acted upon by an outside force", can I reckon there would be a pattern over the eons? Can I reckon that, indeed, these
rippling/ping-pong-ing affects are but a mere slice in what is, over eons, a massively enormous global pie?
Additionally, here's another question: ya know the Juan de Fuca plate, and that wonderful Nobel Prize-winning article?
Of course, I would be one of the readers who had to put the laptop down, and use my hands to help me understand the predicted outcome of the
Oregon/Washington area. (If you read it, you'll understand what I'm talking about.) Now here's my question: Is it, in fact, the ONLY outcome possible,
from such an earthly need to release this pressure? Like, why would the plates crush into each other, with somewhat equal pressure from both sides,
thus resulting in some sort of crazy eclipse of one land mass over the other? (This crossed my mind as I watched my children jerk on that wish bone
yesterday, each hoping for the "bigger half".) Are the two plates that different, in fact, in pressure and mass? Is it possible that the two
"linebacking plates" in fact press against one another, shoulder to shoulder, and instead of one linebacker "predictably" going towards the ground,
with the other linebacker shooting upward........is there any way there could be an outcome like Ray Nitschke & Dick Butkus hitting each other...?
Visually meaning, if Nitschke and Butkus were charge each other, or heck, even if they were to begin by slowly pushing against each other
shoulder-to-shoulder (Juan de Fuca and the north American plate), there is no guarantee that ONE of them is surely hitting the ground, whilst the
other slaps over the top? In my mind, I see them building the pressure between them...and even though they both started bent over and in "starting
position"....the pressure between the two could surely lift their shoulders/heads Upward, right? Making more of a sharpened mountain, if you will,
than a bump in a tectonic rug, wherein another rug lies beneath.
Or did I just add too much nutmeg in my pumpkin pie?