usage of super computer modeling of the earth’s crust and upper mantle of the
earth suggests that old geological events had left deep scars on the earth’s
crust which may be the reasons for an earthquake, mountain building and other
running processes that play a role on our planet.
study changes the widely held view that only interactions at the boundaries
between the continental tectonic plates could be responsible for such events.
of scientists at the Universities of Toronto and Aberdeen have generated
models, which propose that the former plate boundaries have stayed unseen deep below
the earth’s surface. These ancient structures, which are at locations outside
of the existing plate boundaries, are variations in the structures and the
properties at the surface in the internal areas of continents.
Why or how is this study relevant to the average world citizen or American?
study is relevant to every citizen on this world because it affects the whole
planet. Every single spot on this earth can be affected by this study. Weather
it’s an earthquake, sinkhole, tsunami or mountain building process; they all
impact the world and every human being on it. This study cannot only read
movements and causes for these geological events in the past, but also predict
these events in the future. “Future exploration of what lies in the mantle
beneath the crust may lead to further such discoveries on how our planet works,
generating a greater understanding of how the past may affect our geologic
future,” says Heron. And that’s why it’s so important, it might be possible
to prevent a fatal catastrophic geological incident. For example an earthquake,
the computer modeling wouldn’t stop the earthquake, but it could warn the
people a week or couple days before and provide enough time to evacuate their
homes. Thousand of lives could be saved annually with information like these in
that study. Besides saving lives, it would also help our infrastructures. If
architectures know that a mountain building process is occurring and that it
might cause lifting of certain terrains and/or earthquakes over the next 200
years, then they wouldn’t build roads or buildings on that zone.
in all, this study influences the whole world and every organism on it. I
believe it still needs time and more research to develop into a complete
correct predicting computer model, but I also think the scientists are on a
great start with that study.