Is the Planet in Midlife Crisis?

Getting Old, They Say, Is Not for Sissies

In the beginning, says the origin legend of northwest Borneo’s tribes, “there was nothing but a widespread sea.” Half a world away, the North American Iroquois similarly describe the First Earth as covered with “only the primordial waters.” And the same was said in the sacred histories of Hawaii and Samoa. Too, the Mayan Popol Vuh spoke of “a watery world with no land… only the sweet sea.” Could these ancient legends lead us to a happy coincidence of science and myth? Perhaps so, if you agree with scientists Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee who think that, “it is likely that the early Earth was entirely covered with water” (The Life and Death of Planet Earth, 2002, p. 31). Experts, moreover, predict that all the oceans will eventually dry up (in another 3 billion years). Indeed, “the past few million years have been a time of steadily decreasing ocean volume and temperatures” (J.D. MacDougall, A Short History of Planet Earth, 1996, 216).

 

The Rapid Aging of Mother Earth

Though it certainly would not please the uniformitarians (those who uphold the favored “steady-state” model), the wetness of early Earth is only one of several factors that have altered dramatically over time. Sure, there are immutable natural laws, but it is not the same Earth it once was. Things have changed, and in a definite direction: toward maturity and even old age. A forthright reckoning of these trends, based on the principle that energy typically becomes less available, would probably include: Deceleration of axial (rotational) motion, i.e., a longer day; Orbit growing more elliptical; Shrinking atmosphere, i.e., shallower amplitude of field; Slowing path of our satellite (the Moon); Diminishing brightness (as “seen” in the heavens); Loss of heat and moisture; Biological slowdown: extinction of flora and fauna; Reduced gravity (as on Mars); Flagging plasticity and magnetism.

This “plasticity” has both a geological and zoological aspect; in the former case, “earth is fueling far fewer major tectonic events… New continental crust is piling up at a geriatric pace … earth is on its way to becoming a dead planet; the heyday of its continents is long gone… It’s kind of sad” (quoting Dr. Paul Sylvester in Discover, Feb. 2001).

On the zoological front, Darwinian uniformitarianism is in for another black eye as regards early plasticity, even creativity, of biota: A formative or gestative epoch, quite different from our own, has been suggested by scientists as outstanding as Immanuel Velikovsky; even some paleontologists recognize a “developmental locking” after the Cambrian Period, thus ending the constructive age in which phyla and body plans were firmly established. In other words, the Paleozoic Era (which began with the Cambrian) was a time of ineffable pliancy, an arcane force whose prodigious plasticity we can scarcely imagine.

As for flagging magnetism, our planetary womb (which term we use roughly interchangeably with vortex and magnetic field) is weakening and thinning, as verified by space satellites. The decline might be as much as 15 percent since the seventeenth century, or as others report, 10 percent in the past 150 years; another guesstimate says 50 percent in the past 2,500 years. Whatever the exact rate, the most impressive fact is that the strength of the magnetic field is decaying exponentially. If it has a half-life of 1,400 years (as also suggested), it means that 1,400 years ago the magnetic field was twice as strong as it is now.

This startling discovery nonetheless scores a match with a prediction I have seen (in the Book of Cosmogony and Prophecy 8.6, Oahspe) concerning the second half of both man’s existence and the planet’s: “although it is the time of spirituality among mortals…  yet it is the time the earth is rapidly giving off its life force and its moisture; rapidly growing old” [emphasis added]. This may dovetail with those who say the building of Egypt’s Great Pyramid marked not only the midpoint of Earth’s landmass but also the midpoint of human habitation on this globe. Add to this: the midlife of the planet itself.

“The earth,” as described in Book of Lika 2.5, Oahspe, “hath passed her corporeal [physical] maturity, and mortals have set up a pyramid to mark the time thereof… Behold, I caused man to build a pyramid in the middle of the world that the generations of men might know the time of full earthhood.” Such was the Temple of Osiris, the Great Pyramid. “Suffer them to build this, for the time of the building is midway betwixt the ends of the earth.” There is no question that “Earth is already in middle age… Our planet has already peaked,” according to Ward and Brownlee (12, 23, 43). “We are already living in a relatively impoverished world… in its middle to old age.”

 

Is It Taboo?

Atlantis Rising magazine has been open-minded enough to let me write on new views of Earth Science that are totally at variance with today’s Standard Model and the way we’ve been taught to think. A number of these topics (drought, the death of Mars, cooling Earth, Deep Time/long-dating), I noticed, have a direct bearing on our present subject—the painfully neglected topic of planetary aging. Is it taboo?

Maybe aging is a taboo subject altogether. I don’t know. I have no bulletproof explanation of why it has been underplayed, if not ignored, in today’s science. Maybe it stands as a threat to the vaunted uniformitarian model that recognizes no major or sudden changes in the geological landscape over time. I’m not sure, but I do know this: Without it we will continue to spin our wheels around issues as critical as Climate Change.

Case in point: Instead of attributing the planet’s long-term loss of rotational velocity (axial motion) to aging per se—(don’t old things slow down?)—dear science instead blames it on something called “tidal friction”—a 200+-year-old (obsolete?) theory that has the Moon’s “pull” on the tides allegedly acting as a brake on the spinning Earth, thus decreasing its speed. That’s great guesswork but let’s check the facts.

The Earth in our day takes 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis. Many millions of years ago, however, there were only 22 hours in the day, that figure confirmed by recently analyzed coral fossils. Earlier still, our globe spun so fast, the day only lasted 10 hours (Heidi Schultz, “Days of Our Lives,” National Geographic, June 2005). Otherwise put, the rotational speed of Mother Earth is constantly—albeit very gradually—decreasing. The actual rate of deceleration (not terribly consistent in the scientific literature; it would be nice if they got their stats together) might be something like: 1/50,000 of a second per year or about 2 milliseconds per century (S.J. Gould, The Panda’s Thumb, 316).

Infant Earth spun on its axis in only five hours, and “as time went on it slowed down, owing partly to the contrary pull of the tides … The loss of speed is only one second every 120,000 years, but the earth’s motion through space is also retarded, so that the distance between it and the moon is continually increasing” (Peter Kolosimo, Timeless Earth, p. 18).

 

“Moon Recession”

This is where the Standard Model manages to convince itself that both our slackening rotation and the Moon’s distancing itself from Earth are due to “tidal friction.” The idea is that the momentum lost by Earth is gained or picked up by the Moon which then steadily recedes from the Earth—at a rate that, again, is hard to pin down: I have seen citations everywhere from 5.8 cm per year to four inches per month!

Maybe you can see where my argument is headed: sarcasm alone reveals that I am not convinced by the foregoing explanations. As far as I can see, the most likely and reasonable influence is Age itself: the aging of Planet Earth. Perhaps it is not the Moon receding from the Earth at all, but the Earth, as she gets older, that recedes from the Moon—by sinking lower in the vortex (the vortex being the huge energy envelope that surrounds the globe.) The Moon, incidentally, sits at the top of the vortex, and is on average some 239,000 miles away from us. “It was much closer” a few hundred million years ago, according to Gould (p. 322) and is expected, some say, to move another 100,000 miles away from us in the far-off future (Kolosimo, p. 18-19).

But now, if you can picture the Earth dropping from a more central place within the vortex, the planet would then find itself closer to the turbulent walls of the vortex. This is hazardous proximity and it could be the reason for more severe storms on Earth. Something called the Schumann Cavity Resonance is said to conduct electromagnetic waves in the space between Earth and ionosphere (which is the power station of the vortex). Measured, this resonance is normally less than 8 Hz; but it has begun to show readings as high as 12 Hz in recent years. Could this heightened energy be coming from the vortexian walls? They are nearer now, which is to say, the Earth, by dropping, is moving closer to the edge of the supercharged force field.

But why, you may ask, would the Earth be sinking in the first place? Well, as the magnetic field ages and weakens, it could begin to lose its hold on the planet. Plus the planet apparently puts on weight, gets heavier, as time goes by: Meteoric dust and other interplanetary precipitation, according to detectors mounted on satellites, fall to Earth at the rate of 14 million tons each year. “Earth has been gaining matter over geological time,” observes John B. Eichler (“A New Mechanism for Matter Increase Within the Earth,” Nexus, April–May, 2011, p. 43); in his view, the underlying mechanism is something called Expansion Tectonics involving nucleosynthesis of solar particles within the Earth.

 

Earth Vortex Proximity—EVP

That may be. But another vital factor is configuration: in vortexian science, the womb (vortex) of the Earth changes shape as it ages; this would eventually place the Earth closer to the walls of the lower vortex. While today’s theorists come up with such interstellar scenarios as “huge energy blasts” and “intense energy fields” to account for unprecedented climatic events, such “blasts” might be much closer to home, i.e., the result of Mother Earth’s proximity to her spinning vortex and consequently being subject to greater atmospheric friction.

For fifteen years I have been part of a small group exploring these possibilities (see, for example, www.earthvortex.com). Recently, when we became aware of certain flaws of the “lunar recession” theory, we coined a new label for the phenomenon: EVP—Earth-Vortex Proximity. We then dared to postulate that a closer EVP might be causing bad and unusual turbulence on Earth.

Now, while it is true that velocity, turbulence, seething temperatures, and supercharged magnetism are the marks of a planet’s beginning, and old age in fact brings greater calm, yet a new source of friction may come into play as its aging vortex is reshaped.

Consider the axial velocity of the atmosphere in the upper ionosphere (some 230 miles or so away): 17,000 mph (compared to Earth’s spin at the Equator of a mere 1,000 mph). Consider also the velocity above 250 miles—said to travel forty times faster than a bullet fired from a 38 Special—which gives you some idea of the vortex’s power. No wonder they call it the force field.

And if the Earth is indeed sinking, it would tend to veer a bit too close to the walls of that force field. To compensate for such a too-close encounter, there is, we suspect, a kind of balancing mechanism, an action that has the planet gently bumping off one side of the vortex, like an overinflated beach ball, only to swing to and bounce off the opposite side. This jostling or buffeting would simply be Nature’s way of protecting the Earth from vortexian friction—but not entirely. Why, for example, is there more talk of weird rainfall patterns, and why are tornadoes staying longer on the ground, quakes erupting where they never used to, and supposedly quiet volcanoes coming back to life?

To be specific, we see the buffeting effect producing intense weather patterns alternately on opposite sides of the planet. This idea would not be hard to test—by monitoring the world’s most extreme storms, quakes, floods and volcanic eruptions on a geographic/chronologic grid. (We have not done it but would some enterprising person(s) be interested?)

 

Position Is Everything in Life  

For example, the Dec. 26, 2004, Asian tsunami came less than one month before the January 25, 2005 three-foot snowfall in New England—on the opposite side of the globe. And how about the eruption of the Llamatepec volcano in El Salvador (quiet for a century) in the first week of October, 2005, followed (four days later) by Hurricane Stan which swept in to devastate both El Salvador and Guatemala; three days after that, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit those same Central American countries. On that very day, October 8, 2005, came the devastating earthquake in Kashmir—on the opposite side of the globe. It is hoped that this sort of remarkable synchronicity will be noticed, recorded, and analyzed.

Concerning Lamatepec et al., Lawrence Joseph, in Apocalypse 2012, asks, “Are the[se] … manifestations of a larger catastrophe? … There is something greater and deadlier going on here.” Hmm. Writing today from Malaysia, one member of our science group may have shed a ray of light on that unknown but “deadly” mechanism; he suggests that “as the compression power of the vortex of the earth reduces over time, the earth expands and the hot molten magma buried deep in the earth is very eager to get out” (Beh Kheng Ling, a forum message, 2/1/2015).

Another proponent of expansion, Australian geologist Dr. James Maxlow, after “assembling extensive aging data of the entire crust … determined that the Earth has undergone an exponential increase in radius” (Eichler, p. 43; see his comment on Expansion Tectonics, above). I have italicized the word “exponential” in order to underscore the theme of “rapid aging” which flies in the face of the uniformitarian concept of slow, gradual, or steady progress.

Although the vortexian model predicts a short season of turmoil as the Earth grows older, the silver lining comes in the form of a related prophecy: for it is also said that before our planet reaches a pitch of calamities, mankind will already be sufficiently enlightened as to how his planet and his universe work, to easily control the elements and deal with anything the climate dishes out. Hasten the day.

By Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D.