Thursday, April 15, 2010

Musing Earth Energies Tell Us About Time!

Over the course of time on Planet Earth, whole continents have emerged, moved, collided, coalesced, fractured, moved again, and returned to the subterranean depths.

Several times.

During hundreds of millions of years.

I think that human prophecies often attach a little too much
importance and drama to a moment or seeming point of transition that we may grasp in our "native" time scale. Even when the planetary processes involved operate over a time scale grander by orders of magnitude.

Earthquakes happen. Many, many are small. Fewer are great.

My grandparents lived through the 1906 San Francisco Quake (7.8 Richter). I lived through the 1989 Loma Prieta Quake (6.9 Richter). Walking around San Francisco in the days right after that quake, I had the uncanny feeling of being back in 1906. The damage was just like those early photos. Some of the buildings that fell in 1989 survived '06.

But I also realized that, in terms of the tectonic processes involving the San Andreas fault, the subducting remnants of the Farallon plate, the Pacific Plate, and all, fewer that 100 years (when dozens and dozens of major quakes had occurred in California) told me very little in regard to a subduction process that had begun during the Jurassic (sometime between 200 million and 150 million years ago).

How could I have any notion of the sum and magnitude of great earthquakes that shook this part of the planet over hundreds of millions of years?

What does change on this scale mean in comparison to a few dozen major earthquakes during a century that includes my own lifetime?

About 65 million years ago, for instance, the K-T extinction event shook the planet with a 13 Richter magnitude quake. Much life then living on Earth was extinguished, and new life emerged over the subsequent millions of years.

That sort of thing is just a fraction of the time span for the Farallon Plate subduction.

Maybe these recent great quakes will lead up to some marked change in 2012. The change may even involve most of human existence. But in relation to planetary processes, it will be a little blip.

Let me add that human existence as we know it is vital to me, to us. But I have come to think that a brief period of human existence going through some great earthquakes is probably not the prophetic indicator we imagine it might be. Considering what planetary processes involve.

37 comments:

BennieS_0123Godina said...

說「吃虧就是便宜的人」,多半不是吃虧的人。..................................................

志源 said...

以簡單的行為愉悅他人的心靈,勝過千人低頭禱告。........................................

原秋 said...

幸福是人人都要,又怎麼可能都歸你所有?要知道這世界幸福本來就不多........................................

彥鈺璇洋 said...

回應是最大的支持^^y~~~甘吧嗲........................................

Br1207yantScipio1 said...

不要把生命看得太嚴肅,反正我們不會活著離開。......................................................

湘嬌湘嬌 said...

生活盡可低,志氣當高潔........................................

韋于倫成 said...

幽默並不是諷刺,它或許帶有溫和的嘲諷,卻不傷人,它可能是以別人,也可以用自己為對象。..................................................

07_TeddyF_Silvey0 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」...........................................................................

思姿穎穎 said...

you‘re so smart!............................................................

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義珊 said...

要持續更新下去喲!!祝你心情愉快.............................................................

Broomstick Chronicles said...

I love both the illustration and the perspective from which this is written.

洪筱婷 said...

休息才能再次出發-隨時保持好體力-加油.................................................................

冠慧 said...

你真的很棒~謝謝分享囉~......................................................................

婷珊 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」......................................................................

asdas said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。....................................................................

于庭 said...

人生是故事的創造與遺忘。............................................................

芸茂芸茂 said...

成功多屬於那些很快做出決定,卻又不輕易變更的人。而失敗也經常屬於那些很難做出決定,卻又經常變更的人.................................................................

香昱信張君林 said...

rain before seven; fine before eleven.............................................................

奕廷 said...

優質的好部落格,當然要留言支持鼓勵鼓勵!............................................................

詹莉emmaagnes莉真 said...

打擾你實在不好意思, 你的blog很好看呢!!!!............................................................

蔡靜芳蔡靜芳 said...

快樂與滿足的秘訣,就在全心全意投注於現在的每一分,每一秒上..................................................

惠桂惠桂 said...

缺少智慧,就是缺少一切..................................................

韋以韋以 said...

No one knows the weight of anothers burden. ..................................................

sh林aronr宏oge嘉rs said...

哇~酷哦~推你一把~正文(・(ェ)・)......................................................

劉傑汝劉傑汝 said...

字是活的,人和環境的觀察是活的,思想是活的。不管怎樣,就是要有一兩樣是活的。否則都是平庸。............................................................

黃於志豪士賢 said...

百發百中不是一試就成的。..................................................

翔馨陳陳翔馨陳陳 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

熙又陽辰 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債.................................................................

雅明修任 said...

It is never too late to learn.......................................................................

沈貞李添睿儀 said...

人生像一杯茶,若一飲而盡,會提早見到杯底..................................................

小米 said...

No pains, no gains..................................................................

于庭吳 said...

時間就是塑造生命的材料。

瑰潼 said...

教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考......................................................................

孫邦柔 said...

很棒的分享~~~來留個言囉~~~~............................................................

至馬馬馬馬玄馬馬馬馬 said...

與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考,............................................................

怡靜怡靜怡靜怡雯 said...

等很久了 謝謝你的用心..................................................................