b2bomberkrh wrote:Rule110 wrote:Question I've been meaning to bring up -- could the displacement (by gradual evaporation) of the mass of water in the Mediterranean after the straits were closed cause a shift in the earth's rotation axis? Could such a shift be big enough to account for the approximately 2.5 degree discrepancy between the map latitude (according to present day maps) and the apparent astronomical latitude?
Without even doing a rough order of magnitude calculation, I would say definitely not. The mass of the Mediterranean is a tiny fraction of the mass of the Earth. Even the tallest mountains on the planet are basically invisible on a globe drawn to scale. The Earth is HUGE compared to the features on it's surface.
That's what my intuition says too, but I'm not ready to completely write off the idea of an axis shift. Maybe some bigger changes took place elsewhere on the globe. (I've also read of some kind of 20,000 or 40,000 year cycle in the orientation of the axis -- not the precessional wobble of the axis's orientation relative to the stars, but a change in the position of the axis relative to the earth's landforms. Unfortunately, the only places this appears to be discussed on the Internet are global warming denial sites claiming that it's the true cause of the current observed warming, so it could be completely made up.)
Lucky Prediction: There will not be a Round II of the previous hand-to-paw melee. Lucky will warily eye Cuegan as they warily go past. However, Megan will try to tell Lucky to run away up the mountain to save itself. (Although it appears Lucky has an easy escape route anyhow, unless the water arrives at this altitude in one huge wave.) Possible emotional scene; we may see some cracks in their so-far all-business demeanor. Final payoff might be a foreshadow-y comment about the difficulty of getting cats to do what you want.
Emergency backup prediction. In case of total prediction failure, break glass.
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