Part 7 - Possible position of the centre of mass of the Earth

Figure 5

Fig. 5. Shows the postulated inertial considerations superimposed on the major tectonic features in that the geologicaly active Pacific basin is under compression (crumpled oceanic crust) while the almost diametricaly opposed quiescent African plate is under tension (splitting the rift valley).

For purposes of calculation, the centre of mass is placed 1Km off centre on the African side of the planet. This equates to % offset of 1x100/6400 = c 0.015%.

In order to try and determine a possible source or cause, responsible for the planet behaving like an unbalanced rotating body, some principal features of global tectonic activity need to be considered. With reference to Fig. 5 the following observations are noted: (a) The geologically quiescent African plate shows the characteristics of being in tension in that while there no evidence of sub-duction, splitting of the plate is taking place at the Rift Valley; (b) On the other hand the Pacific basin with its deep peripheral trenches and sub-ducted areas of the lithosphere (in particular the sub-duction of the Nazca plate under the Pacific plate) has all the appearances of being in compression.

If as postulated above, the Pacific Basin is under compression whilst the African plate is under tension, then an unbalanced rotating body model requires the centre of mass to be positioned east of the Meridian but west of the Rift Valley. This is in keeping with the mechanics of rotating unbalanced bodies (as described in Section 5 and annotated in Fig.9), in which the ‘lower mass’ side will be in compression, and the ‘higher mass’ side will be in tension.

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