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I'm feeling pretentious. Let's talk about plate tectonics.

Discussion in 'Big Brother Strikes Back' started by Jedi Greg Maddux, May 8, 2003.

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  1. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    What's a lithosphere? ?[face_plain]
     
  2. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    What's a tectonic? ?[face_plain]
     
  3. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    technically, a round thingy :)
     
  4. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    There's lots of "round thingys". :p

    IIRC, the lithoshere makes up the uppermost portion of the mantle (mostly semisolid rock and magma below the crust), and the asthenosphere (sp?) is directly below it. The asthenosphere's hot, liquid gooeyness pushes the lithosphere up, which causes volcanic activity. :)

    Plate tectonics is essentially continental drift, although the the continents are only the minority of the plates that consitute the earth's crust. :)
     
  5. Katya Jade

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    Good to know, Jason. Very. ;)
     
  6. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    them things there cause earthquakes
     
  7. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    OMG! I didn't know that Rachel's a seismologist! :eek:

    And watch out... you don't live too far from the New Madrid fault line... :p
     
  8. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    Don't I know it. We actually have earthquake drills at school
     
  9. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    Last earthquake drill I had was when I was in the third grade. :p

     
  10. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    We have more trouble with tornados... hence why the sky is yellowish right now [face_plain]
     
  11. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    Last tornado I saw was in '98. It's raining cats and dogs right now, but no real threat for severe weather at the moment.
     
  12. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm just waiting for California to fall into the ocean from the earthquakes.
     
  13. TheEmperorsHand

    TheEmperorsHand Jedi Knight star 5

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    earthquakes and tornadoes? :eek:

    I've only been through one earthquake, and it must have been pretty minor.
    We just get rain and snow here :p
     
  14. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    Rain? Snow?! :eek:

    *faints*
     
  15. TheEmperorsHand

    TheEmperorsHand Jedi Knight star 5

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    [face_laugh] and don't let me forget ice storms!
     
  16. JediPrincessKas

    JediPrincessKas Jedi Master star 5

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    *blank stare*

    Tectonic plates?

    *blink*
     
  17. B'omarr

    B'omarr Jedi Master star 6

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    The asthenosphere's hot, liquid gooeyness pushes the lithosphere up, which causes volcanic activity.

    Mmmm...this just made me hungry for pizza.
     
  18. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Which, strangely enough, I'm having for dinner! OMG!
     
  19. B'omarr

    B'omarr Jedi Master star 6

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    Whoa. Was it pepperoni? If it was....
     
  20. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    It was! :eek:
     
  21. JediPrincessKas

    JediPrincessKas Jedi Master star 5

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    Does it count that on Thursday nights we USUALLY have pizza at our house?
     
  22. B'omarr

    B'omarr Jedi Master star 6

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    Yes. Is this some kind of vast pizza conspiracy that's wedging itself into households across Amercia every Thursday night? I think it so.

    And the best part is, I've still got leftovers for lunch today. Mmmm...Papa John's.

    But I digress, I've taken the thread off topic. Let's get back to plate tectonics:

    Do you think, if it weren't for plate tectonics, we'd all live on Pangea? If so, that would suck, because it would be a much longer drive to an ocean vacation.
     
  23. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    There's no Papa Johns where I live anymore. My town sucks.
     
  24. B'omarr

    B'omarr Jedi Master star 6

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    If we still lived on Pangea, I bet Papa John's wouldn't have such a limited delivery area.

    Maybe in a few million years, you can look forward to continental drift sending a Papa John's franchise to your neighborhood, Jason.
     
  25. Jedi Greg Maddux

    Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Knight star 6

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    "Okay, Mom, I'm driving to Australia for Spring Break! See ya next week!"

    If I lived on the coast, your theory might actually work, John. ;)

    Unless North America splits in two separate continents in that timespan.
     
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