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How was the Earth Formed



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The Apple Pie Theory of the Creation of the Earth

Scientists have long thought that the creation of the topography of the earth and the formation of the continents and land masses was due to shifts within the continental plates. The author begs to differ.

It may very well be that geothermal energy beneath the surface of the earth was and is responsible for the formation of the topography of the earth.

One might use the example of an apple pie. One might make an apple pie, providing the filling and covering it with a flat layer of dough. After placing it in the oven for an extended period of time, the surface of the pie is riddled with valleys and ridges, and holes where the heat and steam have escaped. The same might be true for the earth. That geothermal energy underneath the surface, particularly steam pressure, pushed the rock to the surface, forming mountain ranges, and where the steam pressure was too great, the steam broke through the rock, creating springs, and creating the fissures and valleys that we see. That this steam pressure, prevalent throughout the world, was and is responsible for the formation of the rolling hills, and those areas where the steam pressure was least, resulted in flat plains and grasslands as the water from the oceans receded.

Volcanoes are thought to be valves from which molten rock escape from the earth. It is in fact the idea that this molten rock, combined with other elements, occurs where the crust of the earth is the thinnest. That this molten rock occurs at strategic points along the surface of the earth where the crust is the thinnest, while those mountain ranges may occur where the rock beneath the surface is actually the thickest.

It may very well be that the Apple Pie Theory will one day replace the current theory on the evolution and creation of the topography of the earth. Although no studies have been conducted to prove that this theory is true, it is believed that hot water may have created the Grand Canyon. That water, steam temperature, escaping from springs after the formation of the Rocky Mountains, flowed southward, and that this hot water carved canals through the soft clay that would later become the Grand Canyon.

It is believed that these centers of geothermal energy were and are concentrated where the elements are the heaviest, and or where former organic material, such as coal, aided in raising the temperature of these areas, creating the steam pressure that would later result in the creation of these rock formations.

That this theory has yet to be explored by scientists indicates that there may be a great deal we as of yet know about the formation of the earth, and that with time, as more information is gathered, and observations are made, that one might conclude that geothermal forces are spread unevenly along the earth, and that these geothermal energy forces are the basis by which the topography of the earth was created.

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