Date: Mon Nov 26 20:30:30 2007

Author: Steve Anderson

Subject: Re: Talked to a crazy one today....

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Thanks for the perspective on the various end-of-the-world-as-we-know-
it scenarios.

> We've also never actually witnessed a pole shift (some say
> the poles will shift for the sun and every other planet, too), so
> we can't say with absolute certainty how it happens or at what
> rate. Of course, we CAN say that we think the likelihood of any of
> it happening is low...very low.

The pole reversals, though not witnessed, have been studied by
examining the field lines trapped in undersea subduction zones, as
described in Wiki and are the foundation of plate tectonics.
(Those geologists will be right on you if anything is off).
If you can't say how or when it happens, how can you say the
probability is very low? .
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomagnetic_reversal

Not that pole reversal is a known extinction event, like a meteor or
volcanos.
It could cause problems by not shielding us from radiation, as well
as messing up a lot of other stuff.
but it has happened in remarkably short, human-viewable time frames.


also there is a 0.15% chance a Gamma Ray Burst could happen near us
(in our galaxy), don't forget that!

I think the best philosophy (or when dealing with citizens with these
kind of concerns)
is to make the most of the time that we DO have.

steve "flippin' out" anderson
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