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  1. #1 Mining and relocation of product 
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    I was discussing this with my Dad the other day about when these huge mines remove millions of tonnes of product lets say from Western Australia and ship it to somewhere on the other side of the world would this over time create an unbalance on the earth's axis? Or is it still an insignificant amount that they are removing to create this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatekepper
    I was discussing this with my Dad the other day about when these huge mines remove millions of tonnes of product lets say from Western Australia and ship it to somewhere on the other side of the world would this over time create an unbalance on the earth's axis? Or is it still an insignificant amount that they are removing to create this issue.

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    The over all amount is an insignificant fraction of the total volume of earth to begin with. Plus for every ton shipped from Australia a ton is shipped into Australia of something else (very gross simplification) so there is more or less a net balance created by trade.


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    in the overall scheme of things even several million tonnes as nothing compared with the mass of the earth (rough estimate 6,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000 tonnes)
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    And it is a miniscule amount compared with the movements of entire continents.
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    Yes, everybody who has replied is correct. To give you some perspective on this matter, the massive earthquake in Chile earlier in the year which moved an entire tectonic plate shifted the earth's axis causing the day to be shortened by 1 millionth of 1 second.
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