Have you ever wondered?
Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:00:49 AM
Genesis chapter one deals with the physics of the earth, of the planets, of the sun and of the moon. And of the other suns and moons. It tells us how things work and why.
It doesn't go into detail but it covers the ground that the ancient philosophers had to deal with among a very down to earth community.
Nowadays when we know how satellites fly and computers communicate, we are beyond the reasonings of the wisdom of the aged. We don't have to consider the earth's heat budget as we work the land beneath a burnimg sky. We are much more sophisticated these days.
We know the melting point of carbon and the boiling point of platinum, the numbers of atoms in a molecule, any molecule and for the most part their electron counts.
So how does the earth balance its heat budget?
How does a tropical storm take the excess from the equator to the Poles?
And bring it back again.
Water boils at 100 degrees and requires as much heat to transform from boiling water to condensing steam as it does to go from ambient summer temperatures to boiling point.
So let's say the temperature all over the planet is 20 degrees. To fly the surface of the sea the 5 or 10 miles up to the top of the air we know and love and become clouds takes all the heat the sun provides.
How is it done?
Tell me now, with all the wisdom of the ages, how the sun heats a planet that is 3/4 water at the surface and sends it upwards, in moments, on a warm thundery day, to be among the thin molecules of air at the top of the world, at temperatures of around 40 degrees centigrade and more below freezing.
How does it all start?
Because to boil the surface of the sea requires so much energy that it can't be done without killing everything on the planet.
Somewhere between the "Accidental Monkeys" era and the time when our ancestors wondered these things, ordinary people wondered these things too.
Did you ever wonder how the sun could heat the surface of a material that is transparent to it for hundreds of feet, in a monsoon?
Did you never wonder why the sea got hotter when there were clouds all day and night all night, and a cooling wind was then set up which, rather than calm everything down, initiated even stranger, wilder phenomena?
Physically took so much water in its arms and dragged around the earth for thousands of miles. And not in a straight line the 4000 miles to the Poles but to whirl with it an a diagonal waltz all the way across two continents orbiting the planet two or three times in the process.
And to do it without warming up the rest of the sea immediately below the surface here it started.
Are you so stupid that you never considered that?
Well the ancients did.
The people who had just built the pyramids did.
They took all the measurements of the earth and the heavens and annealed them into a list of imponderables to explain to a bunch of sheep herders that had little else to do all day for 40 years but ponder miracles.
Were they as thick as you; do you suppose?
So how come only scientists these days can understand meteorology?
When did all this philosophy leave you standing on your backside dead in the water?
Are you thick?