Mapping the Earth
A major earthquake in China, a cyclone in Burma, a volcanic eruption in Chile; and that’s just this week’s havoc. Ongoing crises include melting Himalayan glaciers, persistent North American drought, Antarctic ice sliding into the sea, disappearing bees, and blooming algae. We have the capability, through remote sensing and data processing technology, to monitor such acute and chronic disasters in great detail. Is there a way of managing and interpreting such overwhelming detail in order to obtain global-scale context, reveal patterns, improve predictions, and mitigate problems? We would argue that the CSNB mapping technique, described in detail in the introductory chapters, is a tool that could provide such insight. Our approach assumes that nothing can happen ‘here’ without affecting what is happening ‘there’ on the Earth’s surface, whether we are talking about plate tectonics or major storm systems. This is not to denigrate but to supplement existing forecasting models with a tool to focus the global component. In CSNB, any set of identifiable boundaries can be selected as critical and used to define map edges. Thus, any hypothesis, based on the set of critical boundaries it predicts, may be evaluated and tested based on the shapes and relationships illustrated on resulting maps. We use examples from terrestrial tectonics and global current patterns.
KeywordsOceanic Crust Plate Tectonic Spreading Center Seafloor Spreading Continental Drift
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