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Abilene Geological Society


Exploration in a Mature Area, 1983
Pages 7-7

Abstract: A Tectonic Hypothesis to Explain Earth’s Crustal Movement, and May Control A Basin’s Configuration and Depositional Sequence

Eric F. Engbrecht1

To explain earth’s crustal movement (subtle or catastrophic) any driving mechanism must consider all forces that are available in the complete system.

The proposed driving mechanism assumes that the earth is endeavoring to attain and retain an internal, Previous HitbalancedTop gravitational system. External gravitational forces are adequate to influence earth’s resisting gravitational field.

The external attractive force is consistent, but not constant.

The proposed sinusoidal, incremental, accumulated energy hypothesis develops a dynamic mechanism.

For the proposed tectonic hypothesis to be a viable mechanism, the following conditions must be met: (1) a harmonic motion, (2) a response of earth’s gravitational field, (3) a residual oscillation, and (4) availability of above conditions to develop adequate amplitudes. The carrier wave will respond to each physical environment, such as density, temperature, and pressure. The Mohorovicic discontinuity is considered as a primary zone of response to the external gravitational force, while the continental shields are considered to influence the carrier wave. The resultant wave may be reflected, refracted, or diffused, and may be out-of or in-phase. Therefore, it follows that global wave patterns are developed from the zones that influence resultant wave patterns.

Correlation of earth’s tides, tilt, and magnetic field between stations may be an aid to predict the accumulation and release of earth’s internal energies.

Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 Engineer (Retired), Hobbs, New Mexico

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