Expanding Earth Theory Versus Plate Tectonics
While browsing anti-science sites, I came across a peculiar looking webpage. It has a black background with bold text in colors like bright yellow, red, and green, which look very unprofessional. There are multiple links and phrases on almost every page that reminds the reader to "keep and open mind" and that some of the information provided will be "intellectually stimulating and emotionally disturbing to your present world view". On the homepage is the quote "May the God of all truth richly bless you". As you can guess, this is a religion based site rather than science based.
An article that piqued my interest was one that explained the Expanding Earth theory. Before it even starts, the author tells you to "STOP and take a deep breath...set aside your biased academic points of view". Like the name suggests, the theory proposes that Earth's volume has increased since Pangea split into the multiple continents on Earth today. This obviously does not make sense if you have a fundamental understanding of plate tectonics. The authors insist that in order for Pangea to split, a cataclysmic event must have occurred to disrupt the Earth's "equalibrium*" (*equilibrium, they spelled it wrong). They include diagrams that show the Earth having no water and suddenly as the land splits, water can be seen and the volume of the Earth increases. But, due to the Earth's increasing volume, the gravitational forces it experiences would change and therefore alter the objects in space around it. This is just one reason for why the expanding Earth theory has been disproved by geologists.
Overall, the site and authors provide no links to scientific papers to prove their ideas. Instead, they link articles from other "omniologists" that try to explain phenomena using an open mind, which in their case is without any evidence. When coming across sites like these, definitely DON'T set aside your "biased" academic points of view.
Posted by Sierra Tyrol (C)