I came across an interesting map of the world yesterday. It showed the direction and speed of motion of land masses as measured by GPS stations:
10. Crustal GPS signals on the earth do not support plate tectonics theory.
Global GPS stations reveal that a vast majority of the GPS monitoring stations indicate that the observed motion is toward the northwest Pacific basin. Perhaps more surprisingly is the fact that the motions do not conform to rigid “tectonic” plates (outlined in blue in illustration below).
Here’s the 3D view I’m talking about:
This is the Earth as seen from Saturn at 17:51 UT (GMT) on 28 February 2017, according to my Orbit3D orbital simulation model. It shows the Pacific ocean and its islands, including Australia on the left, and Antarctica at the bottom. North and South America are just visible along the right hand edge, and Russia and China are just visible along the top left edge. The blue arc is that of the terminator, with the Sun off to the far right of the Earth, and New Zealand just after sunset.
And what was so interesting to me when I first saw it was that the Pacific Ocean occupies almost an entire hemisphere of the Earth. Almost all the continents of the Earth are on the other side. Furthermore, because the continents only occupy 29% of the surface of the Earth, these continents mostly only occupy the northern part of the other side.
And I wondered whether all the continents might have arrived simultaneously one day when the Earth passed at high speed through a cloud of granitic (and maybe basaltic) rocks, and ended up looking like a toffee apple which had exactly one half of it coated in toffee, with the Pacific islands a slight spattering of rock that had passed over the Earth and landed on the other side.
And if something like that had happened, countless millions of years ago perhaps as part of the Late Heavy Bombardment, I wondered if, given its momentum, this coating of molten toffee-like rock would have tended to flow towards the Pacific. And that Australia and New Zealand had been the fastest moving parts of this flow, along with Java and Sumatra, and that was why the latter looked like they were part of a flow, and Sulawesi (left) looked like an anti-clockwise eddy in the flow of islands around it.
And even if the momentum of the the cloud of rocks had not carried it part way into the opposite hemisphere, a coating of molten rocks many tens of kilometres deep would have slowly spread into the lower elevations of the opposite hemisphere.
And this is more or less exactly what the GPS map seems to be showing. And also it’s showing Australia and New Zealand as being the fastest-moving land masses, heading towards the Pacific, just as I had supposed.
It’s a hypothesis that raises more questions than it answers. Do the Moon or Mars have similar asymmetric hemispheres, with granitic rocks on one side only? They ought to if the whole of the Solar System was engulfed in a cloud of speeding rocks.