Scientific researchers who actually are getting paid to produce results are revealing information that may or may not be pertinent to the world at large, depending on the general point of view. There is one study that has been conducted which has gone into the details of the geologic situation of The Hawaiian Islands, as they relate to their positioning upon the planet. More precise examinations delve into reviews of how the geologic mechanics of the island of Oahu are showing that it is succumbing to it’s own tectonic activities!
Research from recent studies involved with programs that include Brigham Young University and The United States Geological Survey are showing that major mountains on Oahu eventually will reduce to ground-level basins. It seems that elevated tidal surges will lead to gradual rates of erosion upon the rock surface of Oahu. After years and years of degradation by the continuous water flow, the island eventually will dissolve!
The major mountain range of Oahu, Waianae, and it’s major peak, Koolau, are supposed to diminish to flat, island-like surfaces! They will have dissolved because of increased levels of water upon the island chain, also. Researchers have identified that more than one type of rock comprises The Hawaiian Islands, and that will be a determining factor in identifying how the levels of erosion will affect the rates at which the land levels and mountains are eroding.
Whereas the rock surface of Oahu is eroding, the island itself is projected to expand. As the plate tectonic factors of the planet follow through, the island will grow for a continued 1.5 million years, succumbing to groundwater, then reducing to a lesser area. Studies currently are being done by students at The University of Hawai’i, and they have been published within Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. So, the conclusion might be that Oahu will have reduced in altitude, yet it will have increased it’s overall area!
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Well! December 21, 2012 has passed, and we are still here! Ain’t that some shit! Most people figured there was nothing to the entire Mayan prophecy anyhow. Several of the ancients had forecasts for the future that never panned out to anything significant, or simply were meant to serve as instruments to be used for the benefits of future societies, on some subtle and subliminally significant levels.
The actual scientists, and those making legitimate forecasts, are keeping the general public up to date with as many heads ups as can be publicized. More good news is coming from N.A.S.A., as it’s surveyors have been doing additional research about a possibly threatening asteroid that has the potential to harm Earth during 2040. Their current studies show that this space rock will not bother our planet, either!
This particular asteroid has been designated as 2011 AG5. All likelyhood is that this space rock will not bring any danger to Earth. Current studies from legitimate N.A.S.A. scientists are revealing that this asteroid has less than a one percent chance of striking our planet during the target date of February 5, 2040! Technically, I can still be around, yet I will be an old man. So, I guess that it is good to know that I can focus on life issues which are more pertinent than another hurtling space rock threatening to end all life!
2011 AG5 will get no closer to Earth than twice the distance of the orbit of The Moon. That is no closer than 553,000 miles. Of course, N.A.S.A. scientists, along with astronomers around the planet will be watching out for anything that has the slightest sign of danger for Earth. Current viewings made with the high-powered Gemini North Telescope at Mauna Kea are keeping watch on 2011 AG5, along with any other potentially dangerous space objects that could pose a threat to us.
Actual researchers with The N.A.S.A. Jet Propulsion Laboratory recognize 2011 AG5 as one of 8,744 near-Earth objects that are being viewed, currently. This meteor is roughly 460 feet wide. It travels in an orbital path that runs from slightly beyond the orbit of Mars to midway between the orbits of Earth and Venus. Astronomers discovered it on January 8, 2011.
Mr. Don Yeomans, the manager of The N.A.S.A. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near-Earth Object Program Office is stating that more viewings of 2011 AG5 will be made during September 2013. At that point, the asteroid will be inside of a 91 million mile range of our planet. This proximity will allow 2011 AG5 to be viewed with greater clarity, and to gain greater projections on it’s future paths.
2011 AG5 is expected to veer nearby Earth again during February 2023. It will come within a distance of ninety-one million miles to our planet. Researchers with JPL will use that pass-by to view the asteroid, making studies of it. The space rock will fly by Earth again during February 2023, at a range of one million miles, and during 2028, passing at a distance of 10.4 million miles.
As well, one study by The Near-Earth Object Program Office states that 2011 AG5 has a 1 in 625 chance of striking Earth on February 5, 2040! Additionally, recent, and equally legitimate studies are further reducing the suggestion of an asteroid impact upon Earth during 2040. Studies out of The Gemini Observatory at Hilo, Hawai’i are working with a team of astronomers from The University of Hawai’i. Their studies have given the skies an “all clear” for that date, as 2011 AG5 is NOT supposed to pose any threat to Earth, and the asteroid has been rated at zero for it’s danger level, as designated by The Torino Impact Hazard Scale.
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We are getting closer and closer to finding that next planet that might seem just like home! Astronomers have been observing telescopic viewings, and they have seen details about a nearby star that is showing the potential for harboring an Earth-like world. This system has been within the group of those to be studied, and updated research is suggesting that more in-depth images could reveal that one of it’s planets needs more exact examination!
Tau Ceti is a “yellow dwarf” star, just like The Sun. It is slightly smaller, and it is situated twelve light years away from our solar system. Five planets orbit this star, and current studies are showing that one seems to be within the system’s habitable zone!
This planet has been designated as Tau Ceti E. It is the fourth planet from Tau Ceti. The planet’s distance from it’s star is supposed to average at .74 astronomical units, or something like 68,787,297.35 miles (I guess that is right…). This is comfortably within the habitable zone, the realm where planets should be capable of supporting life as we comprehend it.
At this time, scientists are not certain that Tau Ceti E is a rocky planet. It is 4.3 times as massive as Earth. There is some speculation that it could be a water world. Yet, without precise images and details, it is not truly known as to what the composition of this planet may be!
As for now, the status of Tau Ceti E and it’s neighboring worlds stands at uncomfirmed. Additional studies of these observations will need to occur before any official statements can be made in regard to the actual status of this planetary system. If indeed there is a full network of worlds orbiting Tau Ceti, they would not be as close to our solar system as the worlds orbiting Alpha Centauri B!
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On this amazing planet of ours, it is truly astounding that there has been such a broad variety of life! As far as we know, there is nothing else like it within all of the known universe. Indeed, life has been upon Earth for millions of years. Of course, the dinosaurs do reign as one of the most fantastic forms of evidence regarding this spectacular variation!
Some of my recent Internet browsing, along with watching some of my favorite television programs, has lead me to review more details about dinosaurs. I had been watching one of the shows, which announced information about current studies that seem to have lead to the revelation of what could be the world’s oldest dinosaur. Understanding that these animals truly are what it means to be old, this particular one might be the oldest one of all of them!
Researchers and excavators apparently have been reviewing the fossilized bones of Nyasasaurus parringtoni. These are supposed to be the remains of what is the earliest-known dinosaur to date! They originally were excavated during the 1930’s, in The Tendaguru Beds near Manza Bay, Tanzania. Examinations of the bones have lead to the identifcation of an animal that weighed roughly 130 pounds, while reaching lengths of ten feet. Additional researchers working with The University of Washington, and The Natural History Museum, London, are currently studying these fossils to learn more about Nyasasaurus.
These present studies of Nyasasaurus parringtoni are picking up where the primary efforts left off. It was during the 1930’s when Rex Parrington of The University of Cambridge originally got hold of the excavated bones for study purposes. The studies of Parrington were released during the 1950’s but they never made it into global circulati0n. It is now that researchers from The University of Washington, along with scientists at The University of California, have picked up on records from Cambridge’s studies to release information about this historically significant find.
A significant detail regarding Nyasasaurus parringtoni is that this dinosaur’s fossils give the indication that all dinosaurs were a branch of a larger species of animal. The creatures called archosaurs are being revealed as animals having lived upon Earth before the thunder lizards. Existing during Earth’s Permian Period, roughly 250 million years ago, archosaurs were something like dinosaur ancestors. After a time of 150 million years, their genetic links seem to have lead to the first dinosaurs. There is study that may indicate how archosaurs indeed existed alongside dinosaurs, while possible actions that include interbreeding led them to evolve into genetic branches of dinosaurian life!
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