Saturday, June 18, 2005

Earth facts

It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron.

A new study finds:

According to the new figures, the Earth weighs 5.972 sextillion -- that’s 5,972 followed by 18 zeroes -- metric tons. Previous estimates put the globe’s mass at 5.98 sextillion metric tons.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

And now to micro-raise the fear factor just a little bit more

Marketing data for space minors which I stumbled across at this site about Meteors whacking the earth. I also had the good fortune to find some data to sate the amateur physicist in me.
From this I can now get a general rough estimate of the velocity that a star like unto a mountain may be traveling at the time of impact. That would be 40,000mp/hr or 60,000km/hr for the rest of you. I am still looking for diameters versus tonages for the various types of meteor's and impact data relating to these figures or at least some to estimate the particular event which man kind is speeding up to.


Iron meteorite..........Iron 91% Nickel 8.5% Cobalt 0.6%

Stony meteorite.......Oxygen 36% Iron 26% Silicon 18% Magnesium 14% Aluminum 1.5% Nickel 1.4% Calcium 1.3%

Earths Crust..........Oxygen 49% Silicon 26% Aluminum 7.5% Iron 4.7% Calcium 3.4% Sodium 2.6% Potassium 2.4% Magnesium 1.9%

An example of the possible riches amongst this rubble of the solar system is the asteroid Amun. The orbit of this mile-wide object comes close to the Earth's orbit and, over millions of years, it could be a threat to the Earth. Before then, however, it is likely that mankind will have visited the asteroid and mined it away to nothing, because research indicates Amun is made from that primordial stainless steel. Planetary Scientist John Lewis, from the University of Arizona, estimates that the iron, nickel and cobalt in this single asteroid is worth about $20,000 billion at market prices.

source: Encyclopedia Britannica

Scared yet? If not have a look at this article about the after affects of a meteor splashdown. Still not scared ? Good then if all of you micro-dick-tators wouldn't mind just moving to the pacific side of the worlds continents I would be much obliged. Go ahead I really think you could prove to me that by 2070 people who dwell in the earth have nothing to fear. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

The largest aboveground H-bomb test by the United States was like a firecracker compared to an asteroid impact. That "Bravo" explosion at Bikini Atoll in 1954 was equivalent to fifteen megatons (million tons) of TNT but was only about one-thousandth of the energy of a 500-yard asteroid moving at 50,000 mph. *
According to this work, a 500-yard-diameter asteroid is predicted to generate a water crater nearly 3 miles in diameter
An ocean impact by a 500-yard-diameter asteroid will vaporise about 20 cubic miles of water
The same impact on land would pulverise an equivalent amount of rock (20 cubic miles -- about 1,000 times the volume of the asteroid) and send much of it into the upper atmosphere, where it would circulate around the globe and disrupt agriculture for many months.
The planet was found to be covered with impact craters like the moon. One giant impact crater on Mercury was particularly interesting. Directly opposite the impact point, on the other side of the planet (called the "antipodal point") was a region of highly disrupted terrain with no evidence of an impact. The shock waves from the impact on one side of Mercury had traveled around the surface and met simultaneously at the antipodal point to create the chaotic features. Similar features have since been detected on several moons of the giant planets.


Past impacts with water or ice are very difficult to detect, because they leave very little evidence. One such impact is known to have occurred in the South Pacific Ocean, near Chile, about 2 million years ago. This event -- known as "Eltanin" after the ship that discovered the deposits -- involved an asteroid between 1 and 3 miles in diameter that would have created a water crater at least 40 miles across. Tsunami would have swamped coasts around the Pacific and would even have reached some Atlantic coastlines. Assuming a typical run-up factor of three, the coast of Chile would have been inundated by 250-yard-high tsunami. Likely results for other locations: Hawaii 90-yard tsunami (probably higher due to the greater run-up factor); California, 60 yards; Japan and Australia, 25 yards; New Zealand; 120 yards.


750 feet holy cow!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Conundrums

Here is a hypothetical conundrum.

If I in my youth was so critical of my mothers smoking that due to unknown or unforceable curses, I was cursed to smoke and I who born of a great princess; my mother, thereby inheriting great princehood and by the curses that are laid out as a defense for me, my mother was also cursed by those same curses now laid up in her bed and growing weaker also. If I quit smoking the curses that protect me having proved stronger would cause my Mother to die.

Leaving me in a place where I have the choice of quitting and by proxy of the curses killing my mother or continuing to smoke, slowly killing myself.

Which choice should I make?

By the way I am still smoking.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Battleships

A little exerpt from an article containing some very pertenint facts concerning something I have always believed. The battleships are not done yet. Oh and another thing I don't think we are hiring our politicians for they're math abilities. Cause I dunno but the old BB's are still the baddest honkin machines around .




By Ollie North @townhall.com (link on side bar)

Even if the Navy ordered more of the DD(X) class -- at $2 billion to $3.5 billion each -- these small, thin-skinned vessels are highly vulnerable to "sea skimmer" missiles. And a terrorist action, like the 2000 attack on the USS Cole -- which crippled the destroyer and killed 17 -- would do similar damage to a DD(X).
Naval officers admit that heavily armored battleships are practically impervious to such strikes, but claim that what the DD(X) lacks in armor it will make up in stealth and speed. To embattled Marines that just means their nearest naval gunfire support will be far out at sea and traveling at high speed -- neither of which contribute to accurate "steel on target" for troops fighting ashore.
Our Navy currently has no capability for providing the lethal, high-volume firepower that would be required if -- God forbid -- we should have to land Marines on the coasts of Iran or North Korea, or in defense of Taiwan. When the Marines assaulted Um Qasr at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003, they had to rely on naval gunfire from an Australian frigate. The Navy's answer is to wait six years for the costly, unproven ERGM system and a half-dozen or fewer, yet-to-be-built DD(X) ships. But America's enemies may not wait that long. And America's taxpayers may not want to pay the price -- in blood or treasure. The DD(X)-ERGM experiments are estimated to cost between $12 billion and $16 billion.
It would take less than two years to reactivate the Iowa and Wisconsin. The battleships are 10 percent faster than the still-conceptual DD(X). They each bring to bear 12 5-inch and nine 16-inch guns -- capable, with new munitions, of firing accurately to nearly 100 miles. The two battleships can also carry nearly twice as many cruise missiles as all the DD(X) hulls combined. All that firepower is available for $2 billion -- the cost of one DD(X).
Sometimes, as I tell my grandchildren, older is better. In the case of the two battlewagons, older is not only superior, it's also a lot less expensive

Monday, June 13, 2005

Hero's

"Freedom must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of hero's and tyrants". Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, June 12, 2005

I am not Catholic

I remember a long time ago I had noticed that there were saints amongst all the differing branches of Christianity. this girl is Catholic and I just kindof stumbled upon her.
This is Saint Hood this is the dwelling place of Little lambs. These are the people most precious to our lord. These are the people at the front of the line as opposed to me. If I am lucky I'll end up in the middle somewhere



[ Did you receive a gift from God today?Why sure you did! You woke up, didn't you?Every new day is a gift from God. Every leaf, every sunrise, every thing is a gift. You have gifts all around you--- so start noticing them. Saint Paul tells us" What do you possess that you have not received?... You have already grown rich". So if you're so rich, enjoy it! God GAVE you life. God GAVE you the world --- and all the wonders of the earth and the sky and the sea. So what do you do when somebody gives you a gift? You enjoy it, appreciate it-- and say thanks. ]