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Big quake question: Is nature out of control?

The correct answer is No, but the question is incorrect, and the answer is a detailed set of questions about the causes and effects, and the orderliness, in the process of global earthquake production. I have a few animated GIF image sets that can be downloaded free at a linked blog I contribute to, and the content may be considered challenging to well trained pros. The public may find the order and patterned global Earth actions to be of educational or informative nature. Any criticism or additions are welcome, and the images are available for public benefit. Linked; Linked; earthquakes for 02/21-28/2010, from a global perspective viewed over the Middle East, both on the near side, and both sides, of the Earth globe. The Chilean quakes are included- 150 plus in a week. Well patterned and orderly occurrences. Very educational, or, very curious and apparently informative. Details at my blog topic with images: http://www.marsrov erblog.com/discuss -multiple-earthqua kes-in-february-20 10_pattern_and-ord er.html#comment-34 2082  (Mar 1, 2010 | post #3)

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W&M geologist explains science behind earthquakes

Good to hear an explanation of the great distances which are open to damage transfer from these very large occassional earthquakes. The land 'quakes' can have a shorter range than the underwater oceanic earthquakes and land movements. Sometimes it is the land movements which cause greater damage than the earthquake type movements and slippages. Linked; earthquakes for 02/21-28/2010, from a global perspective viewed over the Middle East, both on the near side and both sides of the Earth globe. The Chilean quakes are included- 150 plus in a week. Well patterned and orderly occurrences. Very educational, or, very curious and apparently informative. Details at my blog topic with images: http://www.marsrov erblog.com/discuss -multiple-earthqua kes-in-february-20 10_pattern_and-ord er.html#comment-34 2082  (Mar 1, 2010 | post #1)

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Why do climate deniers hold sway in Australia?

The local climates of drought prone areas are controlled and conditioned by both the water table level, and the available mountain range elevation lineages and arcs along the dry land. Only a large lake, many small lakes, or inland seas can give additional sources for the weather clouds we look at above. The water falls from the sky, or, it follows a strict gravity path across a high to low slope overland. The ONLY change that humans can have(in AU) on the local micro-climates is the draining or the conservation of the local water table. There are insufficient large lakes to cause cloud formation on the mainland all across Australia. There are very few rivers from high mountain snowfall reserves all across Australia. The groundwater levels are either put into short term use on the surface, with a large percentage of that total evaporating and blowing away from the local micro-climate towards open ocean, giving less fresh water to resupply the wells in the micro-climate areas. The wells WILL dry up eventually, or begin to become contaminated to a greater degree over time. The groundwater levels will drop if drought is currently in session across Australia. Micro-climates and local groundwater is only replenished from the sky, and from a slight transfer through from the ocean water levels in some cases. Increased or drought compensation use of the local water will have to be replaced to keep the economies functioning. Is there any solution to bringing in ocean water and resupplying the groundwater with a desalination type technique? Is rainfall the only viable localized Australian solution other than desalination? I am sure grey-water recycling is in effect, is that correct? Whatever happened to the stray iceberg towing water source attempts for coastline cities? Finding water for Australia will not bring a wetter climate to Australia, and pumping groundwater out will cause a loss of built-up reserves which blow away from the local water table sources in a large portion. Does anyone in Australia believe the higher CO2 levels during usage of oil and coal will bring added rainfall? Is this an argument that is simply, more CO2 can only bring either no change or less rainfall?  (Dec 2, 2009 | post #14)

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Why do climate deniers hold sway in Australia?

Dry up. Go broke. Leave the country. Three solutions come to mind. Are there any other solutions the Australians can find? It's much the same in most areas of the world, but less obvious in some places where $$$ will put a band-aid over the drought of clean water. Does CO2 level increases change the short term rainfall totals over a single trend change? Can we ever see the small variable changing and cause the swinging climate to be changing in decades, or, only over centuries of time in total averages? As this is an interglacial period of recent and short duration, all things can happen, and we do not know the truth as yet. We will know the effects in a few centuries. Will that kill off billions of the worlds population totals? Will we sit 5 to a room, with no transportation, and no jobs, begging for fresh water? Will we stop reproducing like rabbits? I forgot a few other possibilities. Steal from others. Keep some from the others. Make noise and try to prosper. Again, is there any AU solution other than desalination, and reduction in the economy? Does CO2 have any direct effect on the current rainfall totals? As a side note: Las Vegas is still alive after fifty years, and is now even larger than before. But the rivers are getting dryer, and many other poorer towns were straved out of a normal life. It follows the $$$. Water is attracted to $$$. It IS in shorter supply every year, and there are more of us.  (Dec 2, 2009 | post #11)

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Why do climate deniers hold sway in Australia?

Listening to these AU comments, I have to ask you each, is the carbon release problem something to ignore in you best decisions, therefore? Is that less a concern than the simple shortage of water? I lived in Las Vegas for several years in the middle of the last century. Water was present from the Hoover Dam, and yet, without any source of water, that desert would kill the town and Nevada economy entirely. Only a water source can solve a water shortage problem. Is there anywhere that new water can be produced in Australia? Is the solution a reduction in consumption by population/industr y shrinkage? Does the water shortage have any connection with a wildly swinging desert drought? Will facing off CO2 emission reduction (world) demands for compliance have any effect on AU water totals in the climate swings? Is the problem a set of two differing problems, not much connected? Must Australia downsize to match the water available? Desalination or other high $$$ sources? Will new carbon release reduce the continent rainfall totals?  (Dec 2, 2009 | post #9)

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Why do climate deniers hold sway in Australia?

Australians see the wildly variable weather on a very dry average continent land mass. The economy is new development and new money mostly. The conditions are harsh commonly. That backdrop, and the struggle to build a personal income and wealth is similar to my families U.S. Oklahoma 'Land Rush' efforts. Our failure in the Great Depression 'dust bowl' drought can be an example of the Australia current droughts which are not seen as a world-wide effect of direct human pollution. Those 'blinders' and the harsh swings of AU weather give a focus for many to a 'myopia' of denial in the world-wide one path only injury we cause each year in our damaging releases of formerly 'bound up' carbon and additional materials and chemistry. The view seen by most all is the personal daily and yearly, affected by swinging balances which are larger in decades by totals. The real path causing damage is a steady release of carbon and more into the environment added to the totals year by year, giving a one-way street passage to a unproven conclusion. We cannot deny the sum of the figures. We can only deny the monthly and yearly weather as stable, and deny the short term is a simple single swing of drought or storm effects. The science of climate will not watch us, we are the guardians of the truth and science, and we must watch the weather and climate change carefully over human history. All things will pass, but the figures tell a story if Australians watch the climate science develop. Denial may settle a 'score' on the range, marking a household territory, but only careful science will determine the effects on our later generation of humans consumption in this century. If Aussies were at the oceans elevation, facing the flooding of Venice and other places, they would turn to face the rising waters and take notice. The ice is melting. Australia is suffering droughts, and swings of damaging current weather. In desert conditions, can the melting of ice elsewhere cause personal fear or trepidation?  (Dec 2, 2009 | post #1)