November 4, 2009 | David F. Coppedge

Ferocity of Geological Change Stuns Scientists

A crack in Ethiopia 500 meters long took just days to form.  New Scientist reported about a team of scientists who used seismic sensors to reconstruct the event.  “They found that a 60-kilometre-long, 8-metre-wide dike of solidified magma formed in the rift, causing the crack, in a matter of days.”  They believe the crack will some day form a new ocean like the Red Sea.
    The team was amazed by the rapid change.  “The ferocity of what we saw during this episode stunned everyone,” said a team member who came over to study the continental rift that began in 2005 as plates began to shift (12/09/2005).  “Similar dikes in Iceland are typically around 10 kilometres long and 1 metre wide and can take years to form,” the article said.  “The new study shows the formation of dikes can occur in larger segments – and over much shorter periods of time – than previously thought.”  They estimate it will take 4 million years for an ocean to form in the rift.
    The report on PhysOrg called this a “magnetic deformation.”  The scientist interviewed was also interested in how quickly this occurred but said the ocean formation is “happening slowly, likely to take a few million years.”

What’s ferocious is the hubris of scientists.  The speed of this episode amazed them.  They learned that big changes can occur faster than they thought.  Then they turned right around and announced confidently that we will have to wait 4 million years to go surfing.  Then spend millions and millions as recklessly as an identity thief with a stolen credit card.  Who is going to wait those millions of years to tell them if they were right or wrong?  It’s a built-in confidence scam.
But scientists, who ought to know,
Tell us that it must be so.
Oh let us never, never doubt
What nobody is sure about.
– Hilaire Belloc.

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