Expanded Discussion of The HAB Theory |
Result and Aftermath.
During and following the capsizing of the
Earth, incredible surface devastation occurs
as the planet absorbs the phenomenal kinetic
energy which the rollover has generated.
There will be general chaos -- torrential
rains, electrical storms unbelievable in their
intensity, dust storms, hurricanes, typhoons,
massive and extensive earthquakes, a multitude
of volcanic eruptions and, most devastating of
all, a monstrous deluge as tidal waves of
fantastic power sweep all oceans at close to
the speed of sound, pounding continents to
pieces, inundating whole mountain ranges,
submerging great land masses, and exposing
land which was heretofore seemingly at too
great a depth ever to move above sea level.
Existing mountains will be raised or lowered
in relation to sea level, old ranges will be
flattened and new ones will appear.
There will be no gradual withdrawal of ice, as
theorized in the prevailing "Ice Age"
concepts. The ice caps, now directly on the
equator and fully exposed to the blazing heat
of the sun, will begin to melt at once and,
while it may have taken thousands of years for
them to reach their enormous size, it may take
only brief decades for the total thaw to
As it melts, the ice caps will leave evidence
of their former presence. Enormous depressions
will remain in the surface of the Earth where
they sat, and these will be ringed by circular
ranges of hills or elevated plateaus, rising
gradually from the center of the depression
and then falling away sharply on the outside
of the rim -- the residue of the materials
squeezed from beneath the ice caps as they
grew. Glacial striations will clearly show on
many of these rocks. Riverbeds will form and
glacial runoff will carve itself deeply into
the Earth's surface as vast quantities of
water rush from the melting ice. At the same
time, the tropical areas which were suddenly
shifted to the polar regions will undergo a
quick-freezing process, and will soon under
below layers of snow gradually turning into
glacial ice as new ice caps begin to form even
while the old ones are melting.
As the great ice caps continue to melt, ocean
levels will rise, inundating still more areas
and, as the isolated ice mass is reduced and
its weight is distributed as water throughout
the oceans, earthquakes of great violence will
continue to occur as the equatorial bulge
adjusts and readjusts to equalize the
rearrangement of such a weight.
At last the violent disturbances will settle
down and a new stability will become evident.
Little animal life will remain on land, but
what is there, including human life, will
adjust to the new conditions.
Much marine life will also be wiped out, but
much will remain, though it too must adjust,
for the ocean temperatures will have been
greatly lowered by the volumes of icy water
rushing into the sea. Also, the ocean water
will have a greatly reduced salinity.
When at last the old ice caps have wholly
disappeared and the ocean levels are
relatively stabilized, the slow but inexorable
process begins all over again. As the weight
of the ice increases, the caps cause the mud
and rock under them to squeeze out from under
them. As the pressure becomes ever greater,
this extruded material forms a raised rim
around the perimeters of the ice caps.