To continue the topic aspect of regulated orderly formations of nature, in the environment, we can find the same well ordered structural actions in repeat display even planet-wide, across the entire globe in the form of geomorphology adjustments balancing planetary degrees of force and mass.
The plate tectonics maintenance of centrifugal shear, isostasy, dissipation, and adjustments of various large scaled aspects of the crust interactions, gives us a theater seat in viewing an ancient and active volcanic/earthquake pattern which is both a residual of the distant past, and a measure of current balancing of force and mass.
The anigif of the planets earthquakes for the week of 06/11-18/2010, shows again, as I have presented similarly at other prior topics, a well patterned series of earthquakes along the 'current active' continental land mass margins, (still image below, a JPG)
and in viewing earthquakes on the satellite viewpoint from above the Middle East, using 2 images in this 'anigif' technique of overlays of the near side view of the globe,
then alternating to a view of the combined earthquakes for both the near and far side of the globe combined, we bring a balance to the near side continental margins, in seeing a linear series of earthquakes through the globe, nearly every far side earthquake aligned along a 'quiet zone margin' of the formerly conjoined continental margins, with additional earthquakes added to the
Pacific 'Ring of Fire' margin zone.
There are again this week, only a few small earthquakes which are not strictly aligned in this 'through the globe' single point of reference.
The alignment is long term and real, a historical record of the active Pacific 'Ring of Fire' dominance of Earths global geomorphology processes.
Mars has a similar structural oriented surface record, of a similar tectonic active past. If mars were larger, warmer, and if it's oceans had been present longer, would we see a similar 'Ring of Fire' active zone dominating that planet as well?
To return to our observance of the active singular ordering of Earths active earthquakes and vulcanism, this is an image of the combined near and far side of the globe, in JPG (PNG versions at image host), as a single still image. The way in which these active and quiet continental margins have become rotationally opposed to balance the 'Ring of Fire' convection process is a scientific 20th Century milestone in understanding planetary geology, and planetary dynamics.
The process and understanding may also some day allow humans to consider planetary 'terraforming as a possibly technique of bringing life to other planetary proto-planets, or even an attempt at something similar in our solar system. Thats a 'Sci-Fi extension of my thoughts on the future of science in our continuing application of knowledge to effective future accomplishments.
It would be interesting to discuss as a topic on this blog someday, whether Earth and Mars both were a product of impact induced tectonics geomorphology and basic structuring, or, whether dissipation, cycling, and internal forces have been the predominating pattern maker over the billions of years.
The fact that the air, seas, and solids are fine tuned to the active patterning of the other states of matter, short term and long term, allows me to understand both Mars and the Earth's climates better.
The satellite views of Mars show pattern and order to a degree as great as the Katrina and recent oil spill satellite images I presented in entry #13 just prior. The U.S. geological surface appears patterned after the Katrina 'wind sculpting' forces, but the interacting air, liquids, and solids are in a mutual sculpturing session over time, with patterned repeated assessment of the solid surface over great timing.
With less liquid state matter on Mars, we are looking at a record of hidden qualities and locked in place surface expressions appearing dominated by wind, gases, radiation, impacting, and gravity . The Katrina patterns we observe in 2010 will be missing from our study of Mars weather apparently.
Does Earth's vast liquid presence give us a dis-oriented view of the subsurface similarities of the two planets?