A new report from five members of the mapping team describes how the movement of the ocean-bottom Juan de Fuca plate is connected to the flow of the mantle 150 kilometers (100 miles) underground, which could help seismologists understand the forces generating quakes as large as the destructive Tohoku quake that struck Japan in 2011.
A large team of scientists has nearly completed the first map of the mantle under the tectonic plate that is colliding with the Pacific Northwest and putting Seattle, Portland and Vancouver at risk of the largest earthquakes and tsunamis in the world.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to map out the mantle plume across an entire plate, so as to understand plate tectonics on a grand scale,” said Richard Allen, a professor and chair of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the senior author of a paper published online Nov. 2 in the science journal Nature Geoscience. “Our goal is to understand large-scale plate tectonic processes and start to link them all the way down to the smallest scale, to specific earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.”
The major surprise, Allen said, is the mantle plume beneath a small piece of the Juan de Fuca plate is moving differently from the rest of the plate, resulting in segmentation of the subduction zone. Similar segmentation is seen in Pacific Northwest megaquakes, which don’t always break along the entire 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) length, producing magnitude 9 or greater events. Instead, it often breaks along shorter segments, generating quakes of magnitude 7 or 8.
My 3rd book on the Sun-Earth connection and Beyond is now accepting orders for this first run ‘special addition’ that will include my personal signature made out to you. It is listed for $24.95, however, I am discounting this run at $19.95 plus $5 shipping & handling – this offer is limited to the first 100 Only.
If you are one who always thought there was a connection between here on Earth and our galaxy, you won’t be disappointed.
Here is a short synopsis about my new 3rd book which completes this Trilogy. Working Title: “Galactic Rain: The Milky Way-Solar System-Earth Connection”
This book begins with a comprehensive summary of the Sun-Earth connection, then proceeds to provide cutting-edge discoveries mostly unknown to the public, showing a distinct connection beyond our solar system and directly to our galaxy ‘Milky Way’ – including its galactic center black hole.
Although it was important for me to be accepted within the science community – I can tell you that I did not shy away from ancient text describing what our ancient ancestors passed down over centuries (100 years), millennia (1000 years) – and with new anthropological discoveries – now up to 100 millennia (100,000 years). Their collective description identifying millennial and multi-millennial cycles involving maximum and minimum disbursement of charged particles is disturbingly accurate.
It was not until our recent advancement of scientific technology along with instruments and spacecraft – could we have gained knowledge telling us just how connected we are to the galaxy.
As I continue my research, it is now taking me beyond the galaxy and into the Milky Way’s neighborhood of what we currently describe as the “Universe.” My initial guess would be we are likely to witness yet another closely-knit symbiotic connection, which is unimaginable given our current limited understanding of whom we are and where we come from.
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