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 Grand Master

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  2. Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus

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

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

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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 Administrator Emeritus

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

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    them things there cause earthquakes
  7. Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Grand Master

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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 Chosen One

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

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

  10. solojones Chosen One

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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 Grand Master

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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 Administrator Emeritus

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

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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 Chosen One

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    Rain? Snow?! :eek:

    *faints*
  15. TheEmperorsHand Jedi Grand Master

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

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    *blank stare*

    Tectonic plates?

    *blink*
  17. B'omarr Force Ghost

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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 Administrator Emeritus

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

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

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  21. JediPrincessKas Force Ghost

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

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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 Grand Master

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

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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 Grand Master

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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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