Part 14 - Conclusions

It has been demonstrated that the unbalanced centrifugal ( sometimes referred to as 'inertial') forces which have so long been ignored negligible are now calculated and shown to be substantial and in fact are more than sufficient to push that the South American plate over the Nazca plate. This action termed ‘continental force- push’ is now considered to be the dominant force for tectonic movement as distinct from the present ‘slab-pull’ theory.

The analysis also clearly demonstrates why the major continental plates are presently moving away from the massive and geologically quiescent African Plate. The heavy African plate is presently acting as a major anchor of the crust, Since the analysis of the generated unbalanced centripetal forces calls for a displacement of the centre of mass from the principal axis of rotation, the most probable position of the centre of mass will be between this axis and the (presently breaking away) the Rift valley. This model gives a plausible explanation to account for the western movement of the South American plate and the north-east movement of the Indian –Australian plate away from Africa, and the absence of sub-duction zones on the African side of the planet.

The extrusion of magma along plate boundaries such as the mid-Atlantic ridge will follow the path of least resistance or that of the greatest local temperature gradients.

It therefore follows that convection currents will be omnidirectional and random.

In view of this they cannot therefore be considered as having the required energy to sustain the continuous uni-directional tectonic movements. The convection currents are therefore considered to have a passive rather than an active role in tectonic movement. They are thus postulated to be an inevitable consequence of the continental movements as a result of the generated unbalanced centripetal forces.

The regenerative heat created by the friction associated with tectonic movement will contribute significantly to, and help sustain the heat within the Earth’s mantle.

It is thus very likely that the Pacific basin was already in compression during the late Jurassic era when the centre of mass was in its present vicinity east of the meridian in the African plate. Prior to the Permian era the centre of mass must have been slightly northeast of the equatorial belt. This would help explain the original northward movement of Pangea as demonstrated by du Toit 41 prior to the predominately east and west motions of the broken away sections of Gondwanaland.

Thus the observation of Continental Drift made by Wegener in 1932, has it’s origins in inertial forces as distinct from forces associated with convection currents. It is ironic that Wegener actually stated that the forces needed to account for his continental drift theory may have it’s origins in the centrifugal forces associated with the rotational velocity

It is suggested that the centre of mass has moved and will continue to move, around the centre of the principal axis of rotation. The continuous movement of the centre of mass (and consequently the change in direction of the generated forces) will create new plates and fuse older plates in a continuous cycle of crust creation and regeneration.

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