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Groundwater depletion shifting Earth's axis: Scientists
Rosamma Thomas | TNN | Apr 21, 2016, 07.30 PM IST



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JAIPUR: Groundwater depletion in India is a calamity that now calls for urgent measures. What is less well known, though, is that Earth's spin around its axis too is especially sensitive to changes in the mass of water beneath Earth's surface. By the law of rotation, the 45 degrees North and South latitudes would play an especially important role in determining the spin. And India's groundwater depletion has indeed been causing a shift in the axis, scientists have explained in a paper published earlier this month in the journal Science Advances.

The paper, published April 8, by Nasa scientists Surendra Adhikari and Erik Ivins of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California, built on earlier studies showing that there were connections between the Earth's movement and changes in the surface or interior of the planet.


The Earth, Nasa website explains, is still adjusting to loss of ice in North America after the last Ice Age. The reduced mass beneath North America is pulling the spin axis of Earth towards Canada, at a rate of a few inches each year.

Around the year 2000, scientists found, Earth's spin around the axis took an abrupt turn east. It is now drifting in that direction at a pace of about seven inches a year. Adhikari says the eastward shift of the axis was earlier considered to be because of the loss of mass in Greenland and Antarctica, with the rapid melting of ice. Using the monthly record of changes in mass made available through the observations of the twin satellites that are part of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), in which Nasa collaborates with Germany, scientists found that the massive energy needed for such a shift in the axis could not be produced by the loss of mass in Greenland alone.
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There is another factor in the spin of earth that the axis of earth makes one wobble every 30 or 35 thousand years which is imperative that if ice age is melting ,it will recover after the wobble of earth.Jawahar Lal Taku


Something east of Greenland had to be exerting an additional pull. "The bulk of the answer is a deficit of water in Eurasia: the Indian subcontinent and the Caspian Sea area," Adhikari is quoted as saying on Nasa website.

The finding came as a surprise, because the quantity of the loss due to depletion of aquifers and drought in the area is nowhere near the losses caused by changes in the ice sheets. Earth's spin axis, though, is especially sensitive to changes occurring at 45 degrees latitude, both North and South. "That's why changes in the Indian subcontinent, for example, are so important," Adhikari explains.
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Centuries before the appearance of the likes of Greenpeace, World Environment Day, and what is known as the environmental movement, the shruti (Vedas, Upanishads) and smruti (Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, other scriptures) instructed us that the animals and plants found in the land of Bharatavarsha are sacred; that like humans, our fellow creatures, including plants have consciousness; and therefore all aspects of nature are to be revered. This understanding, care and reverence towards the environment is common to all Indic religious and spiritual systems: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Read more: http://indiafacts.org/hindu-roots-modern-ecology/#
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Biased strangers take a DNA test - the results show why we shouldn't judge others on their looks



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Humanity has in many ways come quite far, but it's also clear that it still has a long way to go.

Prejudice is one such area where we have much room for improvement. It continues to create problems among people, and at worst, our bigotry leads to wars and conflicts where countless innocent lives are lost.
Still, these massive problems often begin with the first impressions we make about others based on their skin color, physical appearance, and perceived nationality.

In an effort to contrast the prejudices we all have with the facts about who we actually are, travel company Momondo gathered 67 people from various ethnicities and offered them a DNA test.

All of the test subjects had one thing in common: they were proud of their nationality, ethnicity, and heritage.

But they were also full of bias against people from other races, who in their eyes are totally different from themselves.

Sound a little bit familiar?

The whole thing starts with a question: "Would you dare to question who you really are?"

Then, Momondo gave each of the participants a DNA test. And two weeks later, the test subjects returned to see the results.

The results left the participants in tears... and shattered everything they ever thought about themselves.
This video is an important reminder for all of us to accept others regardless of their nationality or skin color. Because we actually have a lot more in common than we think!






I really hope that this thought-provoking video helps people look beyond appearances and take a step closer toward each other.

We must never forget to love our fellow human beings for who they are, regardless of their appearance, origin, or nationality.
Please share this important video, so that more people can learn this valuable lesson for themselves!


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Good and informative posts, but I feel like threads not relating to nature or human interaction with nature belongs to NationWarrior. Just my personal opinion, nothing more.
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Agree with polar, Nationwarriror is more suitable for this thread.
But the video is awesome, I must agree.
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( This post was last modified: 11-14-2016, 10:53 AM by Vinay )

(04-26-2016, 11:17 PM)Pckts Wrote: Groundwater depletion shifting Earth's axis: Scientists
Rosamma Thomas | TNN | Apr 21, 2016, 07.30 PM IST

Something east of Greenland had to be exerting an additional pull. "The bulk of the answer is a deficit of water in Eurasia: the Indian subcontinent and the Caspian Sea area," Adhikari is quoted as saying on Nasa website.

The finding came as a surprise, because the quantity of the loss due to depletion of aquifers and drought in the area is nowhere near the losses caused by changes in the ice sheets. Earth's spin axis, though, is especially sensitive to changes occurring at 45 degrees latitude, both North and South. "That's why changes in the Indian subcontinent, for example, are so important," Adhikari explains.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/...929420.cms

In India we called media as #Presstitutes, actually it is insult to Prostitutes!!   Ha Ha

Anyway, I studies it is in my 4th standard. Ground water hardly 0.6% in total water on earth in that India may holds 0.01% of water (on earth).So, according to some pseudo scientists and their research findings earth changing its access because Indians are using ground water ...... 

Actually India is Monsoon(3/4 months rigorous rains) country.     


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I was reading some article of the great scientist Stephen Hawking. He is saying that we humans need to find some other place in universe if we want to exists after 1000 years.
He was giving his comments at the Oxford Union debating society describing 2016,

Stephan Hawking warns humnity wont survive 1000 years on earth
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He said that in the last 50 years humans "have been able to come this close to understanding the laws that govern us and the universe." 
"We will map the position of millions of galaxies with the help of super computers like Cosmos," he added. "We will better understand our place in the universe. Perhaps one day we will be able to use gravitational waves to look right back into the heart of the Big Bang."  
"But we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity."
"I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet."

Read more - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people...17366.html

Not only this, He also commented on AI (artificial intelligence). According to this great scientist, AI will be either the best or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.

Two years ago, he told the BBC that the development of AI could "spell the end of the human race."

His concerns were shared by Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak who, along with more than 8,000 leading researchers and scientists, signed a letter warning that artificial intelligence can potentially be more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

Well, what I think we can only predict, no one is sure of future things. But I feel that humans will be mass extinct just like dinosaurs, Moving to another planet (like mars) is not a solution either. I think mars will become life sustaining planet in millions of year which will support life slightly different than earth.

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While reading these things, I read a comment of a guy. He ha written some valid point, Read it

The mars is likely to be next planet in the solar system to have life. Reason: The CO2 atmosphere which aids in hydro carbon development the foundation to living organisms. Apart from this, the sun is expanding and in over a period of time (million years) it will gobble up mercury (the nearest planet to the sun) and venus will take the position of Mercury. Earth will be closer in comparison with no life in it due to its extremely hot temperature. Mars will be ideal for life and process would begin. As far as humans moving to settle in Mars is not going to make any difference in colonizing the planet. It is the natural evolution process that will make Mars another living planet in about million years. Humans of this planet may not survive to see a full fledged civilization occurring on Mars. It is not another house that the humans of earth would move easily lock stock and barrel. The Hindu spiritual wisdom speaks about transmigration of souls to another planet in the unending galaxy of stars. Depending upon one's Karma the human soul has the capacity to travel beyond time to be born again in totally alien planets. One can be proud of their pedigree and status in this birth, but the death levels everything. Most invest for future but very few invest for next life. Moksha (free from births and deaths) is the ultimate goal for humans according Hindu scriptures. The limit where the science ends, the spiritual journey continues beyond.
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Moving into another planet ? Hmm I saw that in a good film "Interstellar"... But it would seem to me amoral. We have slaughtered the wild life of Earth, wrecked and sacked all the natural biotops and we would invade a new planet with all our defects and flaws ?

I feel that I'm going to disturb you, to make you angry. After all, a "new world" has already been seetled, from 1492 and the following centuries. And most of the colonizers were outlawed criminals (from Italy), poor wretchs suffering from hunger (from Irish) and so on... And what did it happen ? The first history genocid, the native american indian extermination, could start. And so on, the wildlife of this new continent slaugthered too...

No use to invade a new world if we are unable to retain the lessons of the History. And I believe the humanity is fundamentally bad.
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(11-18-2016, 04:20 PM)Spalea Wrote: Moving into another planet ? Hmm I saw that in a good film "Interstellar"... But it would seem to me amoral. We have slaughtered the wild life of Earth, wrecked and sacked all the natural biotops and we would invade a new planet with all our defects and flaws ?

I feel that I'm going to disturb you, to make you angry. After all, a "new world" has already been seetled, from 1492 and the following centuries. And most of the colonizers were outlawed criminals (from Italy), poor wretchs suffering from hunger (from Irish) and so on... And what did it happen ? The first history genocid, the native american indian extermination, could start. And so on, the wildlife of this new continent slaugthered too...

No use to invade a new world if we are unable to retain the lessons of the History. And I believe the humanity is fundamentally bad.

I quite agree. Now is the time for rules to be written and agreed upon by all the nations of earth. Life on another planet; if we should reach that discovery-goal, no matter how repulsive or insignificant we view it, should be treated with it's well being as an absolute top priority. I sincerely hope that humanity has learned from our past abominations.
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Experts at the University of Oslo, Norway have discovered a new way for robots to design, evolve and manufacture themselves, without input from humans, using a form of artificial evolution called “Generative design,” and 3D printers – although admittedly the team, for now at least, still has to assemble the final product, robot, when it’s printed.

http://www.globalfuturist.org/2017/01/no...n-the-lab/
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Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?
17 February 2017
Mount Cook, the highest peak of New Zealand - and Zealandia

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You think you know your seven continents? Think again, as there's a new contender hoping to join that club.
Say hello to Zealandia, a huge landmass almost entirely submerged in the southwest Pacific.
It's not a complete stranger, you might have heard of its highest mountains, the only bits showing above water: New Zealand.
Scientists say it qualifies as a continent and have now made a renewed push for it to be recognised as such.
In a paper published in the Geological Society of America's Journal, researchers explain that Zealandia measures five million sq km (1.9m sq miles) which is about two thirds of neighbouring Australia.

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Some 94% of that area is underwater with only a few islands and three major landmasses sticking out above the surface: New Zealand's North and South Islands and New Caledonia.
You might think being above water is crucial to making the cut as a continent, but the researchers looked at a different set of criteria, all of which are met by the new kid in town.
elevation above the surrounding area
  • distinctive geology
  • a well-defined area
  • a crust thicker than the regular ocean floor
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The main author of the article, New Zealand geologist Nick Mortimer, said scientists have been researching data to make the case for Zealandia for more than two decades.
"The scientific value of classifying Zealandia as a continent is much more than just an extra name on a list," the researchers explained.
"That a continent can be so submerged yet unfragmented" makes it useful for "exploring the cohesion and breakup of continental crust".
So how then to get Zealandia into the canon of continents? Should text books authors get nervous again? After all, just a few years ago, Pluto got kicked off the list of planets, changing what had been taught in schools for decades.
There is in fact no scientific body that formally recognises continents. So it could only change over time if future research accepts Zealandia on par with the rest so that eventually we might be learning about eight, not seven, continents.
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Using a system that uses a set of plastic 'leaves' to funnel air in various directions, the team has developed water generators that appear to create pure drinking water out of nothing.

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-device-...3A.twitter
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Between this and Desalination Water Systems, you wonder why there is still a water shortage in the world.
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Geoscientists continue to debate two competing theories. One suggests that Earth’s water might have been captured from asteroids and comets that collided with the planet. But recent research has strengthened the case for the other theory that water was always present in the rocks of the Earth’s mantle and was gradually released to the surface through volcanoes. 


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https://www.universal-sci.com/headlines/2017/3/7/comets-or-volcanoes-scientists-are-changing-their-minds-about-how-the-earths-water-got-here
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