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Was Earth a Migratory Planet? 257

Posted by samzenpus
from the moving-to-a-better-orbit dept.
astroengine writes "Why our planet isn't a "snowball Earth" — a dilemma called the 'faint young sun paradox' — has foxed solar and planetary scientists for decades. Since the Earth's formation, a planet covered in ice should have stifled any kind of greenhouse effect, preventing our atmosphere from warming up and maintaining water in a liquid state. Now, David Minton of Purdue University has come up with a novel solution that, by his own admission, straddles science fact and fiction. Perhaps Earth evolved closer to the Sun and through some gravitational effect, it was pushed to a higher orbit as the Sun grew hotter. But watch out, if this is true, planetary chaos awaits."
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Was Earth a Migratory Planet?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:24PM (#39729505)

    Earth is migratory

    In fact, Earth received a Blue-green card as early as 3.5 billion years ago after passing a solar naturalization test.

  • Funny pages (Score:4, Funny)

    by paiute (550198) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:26PM (#39729519)
    "And then a miracle occurs" makes a good punchline but lousy science.
  • by busyqth (2566075) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:26PM (#39729533)
    It is the consensus of 99% of climatologists that the earth isn't a snowball and therefore it is a fact that the earth has slowly moved into a higher orbit at exactly the same rate that the sun has warmed so as to maintain a climate on earth appropriate for life. The more we fill the atmosphere with greenhouse gases and thus heat the earth, the further the earth will move away from the sun so as to maintain an optimum climate. These "inconvenient truths" prove that there is an intelligent designer of the universe.

    Q.E.D.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:39PM (#39729635)

    It is the consensus of 99% of climatologists that the earth isn't a snowball and therefore it is a fact that the earth has slowly moved into a higher orbit at exactly the same rate that the sun has warmed so as to maintain a climate on earth appropriate for life. The more we fill the atmosphere with greenhouse gases and thus heat the earth, the further the earth will move away from the sun so as to maintain an optimum climate. These "inconvenient truths" prove that there is an intelligent designer of the universe.

    Q.E.D.

    Dude, if you can get a creationist to accept enough science to admit that anthropogenic global warming is real, that miracle itself is enough to prove the existence of God.

  • by Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:46PM (#39729691)
    Up until it found it was having humans. Then it had to settle down.
  • by FatdogHaiku (978357) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @08:02PM (#39729843)
    Hey, dihydrogen monoxide is perfectly safe as long as you process it with grain, yeast, a bit of hops, and the correct amount of time... it was in fact this process that saved the world!
    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/how-beer-saved-the-world/ [topdocumentaryfilms.com]
  • by busyqth (2566075) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @08:09PM (#39729939)
    It won't run out because oil is being constantly created in the earth's mantle, just like blood is continuously manufactured by marrow.
    Both Mantle and Marrow start with 'M'.
    Think about it.
  • by Lumpy (12016) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @09:21PM (#39730403) Homepage

    "It makes such a leap that if it wasn't for beer, civilized society would of never been created, but the impossibility of knowing that is really never mentioned. "

    Agreed, it's preposterous.

    Everyone knows that civilized society came about when Whiskey and Gin was invented. And yes I count a good brandy in there as well.

  • by Brad1138 (590148) <brad1138@yahoo.com> on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @09:54PM (#39730573)

    It was pulled into a larger orbit by swallows. Swallows.

    African or European?

  • by Red Flayer (890720) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @10:00PM (#39730605) Journal
    Perhaps you should re-read the canon.

    Book Secondi 3:12

    Lo, for the baking of the divine meal
    Let it be done that the goliath meatball[1]
    Be moved upon the table[2]
    At such distance that the woodfire oven[3]
    Provides a strong heat source to allow for the Maillard reaction
    To properly crustify the goliath meatball
    And then let it be moved
    To a sufficient distance, where it may
    Yet leave the inside full of tenderness
    Like the twin meatballs upon the bosom of a mother
    His Noodly Appendage shall make such adjustments
    Necessary to make it so.

    Ramen

    [1] the goliath meatball being our planet.
    [2] the table, sometimes mistranslated as "the firmament", is of course, the fabric of spacetime
    [3] there is some disagreement among scholars about this translation, but we know from context that this is the sun

    Clearly, from analysis of scripture, we can determine that the Master of the Heavenly Forkful moves or planet into a lower or higher orbit to ensure that it cooks properly.
  • by rossdee (243626) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @10:56PM (#39730887)

    I thought the prevailing opinion was that basic was bad, (all those gotos) so removing some of the basic (and replacing it with something more structured) , would be good

  • by Fluffeh (1273756) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @11:53PM (#39731105)

    How many billions of years are you planning to live?

    Ideally as many as I can.

    I of course plan to get fashionably mad into my second billion, but the recover after a bit of time in some choice facility. By that time though, I should have enough money to pay for absolutely anything, I deposited six dollars into a compound interest savings plan a week ago Tuesday.

  • by evanism (600676) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @01:19AM (#39731363) Journal

    Its all a matter of procedure really.

    Afterall, there are so many objects in the C.

  • by Dr.Dubious DDQ (11968) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:32AM (#39733159) Homepage
    "Both Mantle and Marrow start with 'M'."

    Let's see - the Mantle is a hard shell around a liquid core. Marrow is a rich edible substance scraped from inside bones that has a solid or semi-solid consistency but softens when heated (cooked)...

    I just had a horrifying thought - excuse me, I need to check the ingredients list on my bag of "M&M's" again...

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