I’m not sure if this should go in fragile Earth or 2012, so I’m sticking in 2012 on the basis that it is presented as a world catastrophe.
While looking on Wikipedia for one of my favorite Science fiction authors Steven Baxter I came across a book that he had recently written simply
called “Flood” with a sequel of sorts called “Ark”.
Both are set in the near future from I think 2016 until 2050 or more and have to do with the world flooding over everything including Mt. Everest over
a period of 34 years.
I don’t know the specifics exactly as I haven’t read the book yet but I will try to soon enough. For a more in depth summary of the plot you can
visit the pages below.
From what I understand in reading the synopsis, through some sort of tectonic activity vast amounts of water escape from underground oceans that are
spread around the world I guess.
This is something new to me and I never even considered such a thing. The author in Wikipedia claims that his research is based on “Hard Science”
and Baxter himself supposedly has some kind of physics background so he says.
Hard science you say? Well I had to check.
Also on Wikipedia it states that his research was in regards to an underground ocean found under Beijing China, apparently the size of the Artic Ocean
or roughly the size of Russia, which calculates out to a heck of a lot of water under ground.
A quick Google turned up this article from LiveScience in 2008.
While there are clear differences in the current ocean and the sub ocean described here one notable difference being that it is contained within solid
rock until it hits a certain depth; I wonder if there may be a possibility however remote that if the interior of the earth were heated to a higher
temperature if the water could then merge with the actual ocean water that comprises 2/3rd of our world thereby causing waters to rise.
Moreover I would like to know how much of a rise might occur if such water did escape somehow.
I find it interesting that the science claims that the water acts like oil to keep the continents moving. I can see the claim for once that the Earth
can experience crustal slippage or for that matter complete pole reversal. It would then in a sense be like a giant mud slide making more believable
to me now. I’m interested in what dynamic effects gravity may have on the water as well.
While I don’t believe in a hollow earth theory I have read that some people are trying to attribute this find to such a belief.
Has anyone read the book “FLOOD” because I’m interested to how the author managed to get around some of the obstacles to make the world flood to
the degree written about in the synopsis? What science if any did he use to create his story?
I found this idea very new to me and fascinating as well so I thought I would share it with ATS. It really adds another perspective on doom and gloom
scenarios something that I love for some sick reason.