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Feature: Evidence boosts core nuke theory

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posted on Mar, 27 2003 @ 05:27 PM
SAN DIEGO, March 27 (UPI) -- New government laboratory test results are fueling a controversial contention that a giant natural nuclear reactor at the center of the Earth powers the planet's life-protecting magnetic field -- but it might be running out of gas, scientists told United Press International.

The scenario parallels the plot of a science-fiction thriller that opens Friday.

Geophysicist J. Marvin Herndon sees the findings, reported in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as irrefutable support for his convention-defying view of Earth containing a gigantic natural nuclear power plant.

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posted on Mar, 27 2003 @ 06:45 PM
Well thank you Ultra_Pheonix, you have redeemed me most well. *does a jigg*, now where's e-nonymous to give his usual ignorant and unsupported opinion?

posted on Mar, 27 2003 @ 08:06 PM

The computer simulations, conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., provide the strongest evidence yet that a core georeactor has been at work for some 4.5 billion years, the widely accepted age of Earth -- and that an end to its lifetime might be approaching, Herndon contends.

Ahh, yes ... If the computer simulation say's it's there then it MUST be there, right? Then that would mean the computer simulation of a mar's sized object slamming into Earth really did create the moon, with no other evidence to really support that 'simulation' either ...

"The most important implication of the findings would be to explain the source of the magnetic field, one of the great unresolved problems of our time,"

Actually, there was another theory that did quite well in my opinion ... Don't remember much about it, but I'll look it up and post a link soon.

Personally, I'd like to know exactley what is protecting us from the radiation comming from our mini-sun. Really neat-o how this theory come's out along with the movie "The Core" ...


I really don't understand your childish name calling... You feel almighty and powerfull when you resort to 'child' tactic's like that?

Or do we have another incarnation of the ill tempered FM on our hand's ... I'm really starting to wonder ... If you felt my opinion was so wrong in that other thread, then why haven't you spoken up in it? Seem's odd ... Well, that and how you joined after I last heard from FM's last incarnation ... Only to name call me like FM, and his alter-ego(s) ....

posted on Mar, 27 2003 @ 08:13 PM
Actually, Hammerite posted a thread on this a few weeks back.

I read the theory, and posted the following:

Hmmm... It is an interesting article I will say. It seems to be a modified version of a theory floated around the turn of the century though. At the time, heat measurements were being used in crustal cooling calculations to determine the true age of the planet, and they were coming up with incredibly young ages, as young as 2000-3000 years. These discrepancies were explained as a layer of radiactive isotopes existing at the bottom of the crust/top of the upper mantel (supported by the statement in the article that the radioactives readily bond with silicates, which are the main constituent of the crust/mantel) were decaying, releasing heat at a much higher rate than released by the core.

The other problem I see with this is that we currently have no evidence or proven mechanism for the direct conversion of charged particles/radiation into a magnetic field. The current theory holds that the magnetic field is created by slow movement of the inner mantle around the core, basically as a giant dynamo or generator, forming electrical induction through the physical movement.

It is interesting though, and I would be interested if he comes up with more evidence.

Posted by DragonRider

I have to say that there isnt a hell of a lot of evidence to support this other than a couple of (granted interesting) computer simulations. I certainly am not going to loose a great deal of sleep over whether our core is about to run out of steam or melt down in the immediate future.

posted on Mar, 27 2003 @ 08:17 PM

The current theory holds that the magnetic field is created by slow movement of the inner mantle around the core, basically as a giant dynamo or generator, forming electrical induction through the physical movement.

Yea, that was the theory I was thinking of ... I'll have to find a link on it ...

posted on Mar, 30 2003 @ 11:21 AM
e-nonymous, I've the feeling that you're skeptic because you don't like that theory.

5POF, glad to know that you're happy.

posted on Mar, 30 2003 @ 04:50 PM
It's not that I don't like the theory. It's just that it make's no sense. How can an itty-bitty mini-sun last just as long as our big ol' sun in the sky? Despite the fuel difference's, I just don't see it possible, nor can we accept it as fact without any substantial evidence beyond a computer simulation.

posted on Apr, 1 2003 @ 01:14 AM
One hundred forty years after Jules Verne imagined a Journey to the Center of the Earth, Paramount Pictures is putting it on screen: The Core hits theaters March 28. This time around, a crack team of scientists and "terranauts" travels to Earth's core to -- what else? -- save the world from pending annihilation. Seems as if the core will soon stop spinning, an event that will destroy Earth's magnetic field, kill everyone who has a pacemaker, and create catastrophic "superstorms" sure to decimate the planet. The solution: Jump-start the core with nuclear bombs. If you're skeptical, just imagine how two of the nation's top geophysicists feel. We caught up with David Stevenson of the California Institute of Technology and Gary Glatzmaier of the University of California, Santa Cruz, to get their take.

Popular Science Could Earth's core stop rotating?

David Stevenson No. It's silly to say that the core stoPS rotating, although it does slow down and change direction quite frequently from a geologic point of view.

PS If it did, would Earth's magnetic field vanish?

Gary Glatzmaier Their reasoning is almost completely backward. The inner core rotates because there is a magnetic field, not the other way around. If [the magnetic field] somehow did decay away -- the one on Mars, for example, no longer exists -- it would take several thousand years [for the core to stop spinning].


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