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        ASTEROID.TXT – “The End Of A Chapter?” FSR

                       (Vol.34, No.3, Sept., 1989)

 

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                                THE END OF A CHAPTER?

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        As all our  information media continue to bombard us with
depressing

        reports about the Ozone Layer; the  “Greenhouse Effect”; the
melting

        Ice-Caps and the  rising seas; the rapid loss of the  Earth’s 
great

        tropical rain-forests; the  massive  pollution  of  land and sea
and

        atmosphere; the terrifying overpopulation  of  the Earth by Man,
the

        Great Predator; and the accelerating destruction of  numerous 
other

        species of life,  it  is  evident  that  many – even among the
great

        unthinking masses of  humanity –  are  beginning  to  preceive 
that

        “SOMETHING IS HAPPENING”.

 

        And, here and there among them, the more perceptive  ones  are 
even

        starting to see  that the close of one of the “Great Chapters in
the

        Book of Life on Earth” may be at  hand.   Should  this indeed be
so,

        then it is  nothing new!  For these things have occurred 
repeatedly

        before.

 

        For what we  are discussing is “Catastrophism”, and we know that
the

        old-fashioned Victorian idea of “Gradualism”, once so dear to the

 

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        hearts of such  folk  as  the  geologist Lyall, has now been
totally

        discarded.  Today we already know  from  the scientific evidence,
of

        at least 77 reversals of the Earth’s Poles.

 

        Firstly, there is  the  problem  of  the  actual  wandering  of 
the

        physical Poles, and  this  is  no  doubt  connected  with  the 
slow

        processes of Continental Drift and the movements of the Plates.

 

        Secondly, as stated already, there  is  the question of the
magnetic

        reversals.  It seems that there have been twenty  of  these  in 
the

        last 4,500,000 years,  which  gives  us a rate of about one
reversal

        every 200,000 years, on an average.

 

        There have been found to be several  sorts  of time-interval
between

        them. One of the intervals is of about 700,000 years,  while
another

        is of about  only 10,000 years.  The longest interval yet
discovered

        by our scientists happens to be in  fact OUR CURRENT interval, as
it

        seems that the last big reversal was about 690,000 years ago,
though

        the scientists Folgheraiter and Mercanton have also  found  a 
brief

        period of reversal about 3,000 years ago.

 

        Findings of scientists   in   the   Geological   Department  of 
the

        University of Minnesota (published  in  the  London  Sunday Times
of

        July 15, 1984) indicate that a new “flip” is indeed  pending.  
They

        found that the  Earth’s  magnetic  field has halved in strength
over

        the past 4,000 years.  The actual  reversal may, the scientists
say,

        “take a few years, or a couple of thousand if History is any
guide”.

 

        Clearly, when it does happen, magnetic compasses will be useless
for

        navigation during the change, and the protection which  the 
Earth’s

        magnetic field at present gives us against solar radiation could be

        altered, no doubt bringing major changes in climate (such as we are

        already experiencing).

 

        Clearly, also, all  creatures that utilize the Earth’s magnetism
for

        their navigation – birds, fish, and honey bees for example – will
be

        thrown into utter confusion and their survival will be in doubt.

 

        And what about ours? (Incidentally,  we  have  heard of all sorts
of

        theories about the cause of extinction of the dinosaurs  –  such 
as

        the explosion of  a  Supernova.   But  this  magnetic field
reversal

        might also have been the cause.)

 

                         All Life Is Lived On A Razor’s Edge

 

        All life is miraculous and perilous,  anyway,  and  we  live  on
the

        razor’s edge.  In  an  earlier article, “Will The  Earth  Be 
Struck

        Again Soon?” (in  FSR  30/5, 1985), I gave an outline of the view
of

        Dr.  Allen Hynek  and fellow astro-physicists  regarding  a 
further

        danger with which our planet is faced – and has always  been faced

        namely the possibility  of  another major strike soon by an
asteroid

        or a comet, from which it seemed  pretty  evident  that  a good
many

        astronomers think we might ‘cop’ something quite nasty  again
before

        very long.

 

        Such a view   has  recently  received  much  confirmation.   In 
his

        article, The Dynamics  of  Armageddon,   published  in  the 
journal

        ASTRONOMY NOW, the Oxford University astrophysicist Dr. Victor
Clube

        has pointed out that, since about 1970, the previous scientific

 

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        thinking about the  likelihood of great geophysical disasters on
our

        planet have been revised most drastically.   He  says that it is
now

        perceived that, even within the tiny span of recorded  history, 
the

        impact or near  passage  of  comets have had quite startling
effects

        upon the Earth.

 

                  Comet Encke, And Another Near-Miss By An Asteroid

 

        Subsequently, on October 24, 1988, in an article in the London

        Daily Telegraph, Dr. Clube showed that, in particular, COMET ENCKE,

        which, with its million-mile swathe  of  debris  intercepts 
Earth’s

        orbit once every 3.3 years (!), represents a terrible danger to
this

        planet, and he adduces cogent evidence to show that  in both the
5th

        century A.D., there  were  what he calls veritable “waves of
attack”

        against the Earth by Encke.  He also  thinks, incidentally, that
the

        famous “Tunguska Phenomenon”  of 1908 was almost certainly  a 
large

        chunk of ice  about  40  yards  wide  and weighing some 30,000
tons,

        which had got detached from Encke’s Comet.

 

        But now (Daily Telegraph, April 21,  1989)  we  learn that our
Earth

        has just narrowly escaped being struck by a fresh,  totally
unknown,

        asteroid weighing some 400,000,000 tons, which passed within
half-a-

        million miles of us in March of this year!

 

        Dr. Henry Holt,  the  Northern  Arizona  University  astronomer 
who

        discovered this “beastie”,   using   the   Mount   Palomar  
Optical

        Telescope, says that the thing had come in from the direction of
the

        Sun, so that the Sun’s glare had prevented anyone from detecting
its

        approach sooner, and  that,  “If it had appeared only  a  few 
hours

        earlier, it would have nailed us”.

 

        “Half-a-million miles from Earth” mean that, as it passed us, the

        size of the  gap  separating the asteroid from us was only twice
the

        distance from the Earth to the Moon.

 

        In 1937 the asteroid HERMES (400 million tons) also came within
half

        a million miles of us.  If we are  to  go on having many such
“close

        shaves”, then assuredly it can only due to some Very High Guidance

        in other words DIVINE PROVIDENCE.  But – can we always count on it?

 

        IF WE ARE WORTH PRESERVING, MAYBE SOMEBODY WILL CONTINUE  TO  SEE
TO

        IT THAT WE ARE PRESERVED.

 

        As we contemplate  these  Immensities,  we realize more acutely
than

        ever that ALL  OF LIFE IS LIVED  UPON  A  RAZOR’S  EDGE.   What 
the

        purpose of our existence here is, not one of us knows, but we can
be

        certain that we  are here because we are useful to  Somebody  or 
to

        Something.  Let us  ever be thoughtful and mindful, then, for
should

        we cease to be useful, might not our time be running out?

 

        What do all the signs indicate?  Are  we  not all living on
borrowed

        time now?

       
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