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  1. #1 Could the Earth be like????? 
    Forum Freshman ThaCrow187's Avatar
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    Ok I've been wondering about this as a possible cause in itself to global warming... We are rite now fighting in Iraq over some of the last oil fields in the world.. (I'm a big CAR guy)

    1. Could the Earth be like a Motor? (Meaning just like the motor in your car if it starts to run low on oil is starts to Overheat and eventually blows up) Well if were removing all the oil from the Earths engine, and not letting the oil stop or Help lower Thermal Viscosity of the Techtonic Plate and other oil needing sytems She needs oil to help lube couldnt that help in the heating up of the Globe in general??

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    We don't extract oil from such depths. And friction heat at surface faults is nothing in the scheme of things.

    On the other hand, we do inject water as we pump, and water turned to steam is an excellent er, lubricant. So we are helping rock shift where it normally wouldn't I think... maybe... I dunno.


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    Cool thanks for the Info..
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    Neither the oil nor the water is used as a lubricant for the tectonic activities. The seemingly solid lithosphere itself is very viscous and slowly floating. Just like window glass does over centuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dishmaster
    Neither the oil nor the water is used as a lubricant for the tectonic activities. The seemingly solid lithosphere itself is very viscous and slowly floating. Just like window glass does over centuries.
    WoW :-D , Very well presented and the window part is a perfect example. If you've seen this effect.. (I have so I know) Great Visual Interpretation!!!

    A+++ for answer :-D
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    The flowing window glass is a popular and I'll admit wonderful myth. Glass is amorphous but it does not flow nor bend significantly. There is a rod of glass set up somewhere, weighted at one end even, just to disprove the myth. That was in the 1800's... I wonder if it's still on exhibit? Anyway by modern calculations glass at room temperature would take billions of years to settle visibly.

    The myth's origin is in our old method of glass manufacture. We spun molten glass in discs, which we then cut (into squares). One end was always thicker than the other, and glaziers quite sensibly mounted panes heavy end down... with some telling exceptions.
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