Re: craters (part of YEC defined)
Sun, 14 Mar 1999 05:03:20 -0800
Allen Roy wrote:
> > From: Massie <email@example.com>
> > I would challenge all the YEC people to give us a back of the envelope
> > calculation of the energetics of all this. That is, you postulate a
> > great deal of very energetic processes during the 150 days or more of
> > the flood. This is a humongous amount of energy to be dissapated on the
> > absolutely shallow crust of the earth and the water. Others have of
> > course noted this but I have never seen a response in terms of Joules
> > per meter square per second divided into for example the energy per
> > meter square of water to evaporate the water. Lets see some numbers and
> > of course we need to see the same for the proposal of the plate
> > tectonics which are supposed to have occured in this very small time and
> > so forth.
> In my reading on asteroid impacts, I have seen no one do any calculations
> along this line. About the most calculated is the size of the explosion in
> Let's see if we can make a list of where the released energy would go.
> 1. Atmosphere:
> A. Within a unknown radius of the explosion an unknown amount of air
> molecules will be reduced to single elemental atoms absorbing an unknown
> amount of energy.
> B. A conic volumn of known size of the atmosphere will be physically
> blasted into space absorbing an unknown quantity of the energy. An unknown
> quantity of the conic volumn will be lost into space. The rest will be
> attracted back to the planet.
> C. Shock waves and sound waves will carry away through the atmosphere
> an unknown quantity of the force.
> D. Winds of unknown force and duration will disipate futher unknown
> amounts of energy
> E. Heat of the blast will heat the near by atmosphere carrying away an
> unknown quantity of the energy.
> 2. Ocean:
> A. Within an unknown radius of the explosion an unknown amount of water
> is reduced to single elemental atoms absorbing an unknown amount of energy.
> B. An unknown amount of the water will be evaporated into the
> atmosphere using up an unknown quantity of the energy.
> C. A series of mega-tsunami will carry away an unknown quantity of the
> 3. Crust of the earth:
> A. Within an unknown radius of the explosion an unknown amount of rock
> and soil is reduced to single elemental atomes abosrbing an unknown amount
> of energy.
> B. Within an unknown radius of the explosion the crust is greatly
> fractured absorbing an unknown amount of energy.
> C. An unknown quantity of dust, pebbles, cobbles, boulders, etc. are
> blasted into space and atmosphere absorbing an unknown quantity of the
> D. P and S waves carry away an unknown quantity of the force through
> the crust and mantle.
> 4. Other:
> A. Within an unknown radius flamable objects will catch fire from the
> heat of the blast
> B. In the atmosphere unknown quantites of water vapor condenses on the
> dust releasing some more of the energy into the atmosphere.
> Now, If anyone can quantify some of these unknowns I'd sure appreciate the
> If are some factors I've missed please add it to the list.
Actually, with some effort one could make an estimate of the energy to
be absorbed but I don't have the information at my disposal. A lot of
very sizable craters have been detected on the planet. If as I
understand it it is a YEC postulate that these craters were part of and
during the flood, then we can estimate the amount of energy injected
into the atmosphere, ocean, and ground by this impacts. Almost none of
the energy will be reflected back into space and from impact craters
such as the Mexican crater, those in Canada, Arizonia, and the like we
can get an idea of the energy per event. For an example of the
destructive power, look at the one in Russia (Tungusta). Keep in mind
that according to these YEC theories, that these events occured very
close together and would compound each others effect.
I would expect the most potent effects to be Tsunamis and fires. Bert