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On Earth, what do you think is the most powerful force? (Dealing with Nature)

Spyro 2013/01/29 00:05:52
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  • antiteaparty 2013/02/01 15:33:08
    Wind!
    antiteaparty
    +5
    Actually none of above.. Tectonic plates crashing together and ripping apart the very earth we stand on...

    Anything that can rip entire continents apart or push them together is by far the most powerful force on this planet... evolution of land masses

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  • QUIS EVADET 2013/03/14 01:12:16
    Gravity!
    QUIS EVADET
    +1
    Of the four choices listed, I choose Gravity.
    Even though of the four fundamental forces:

    Gravitational Force
    Electromagnetic Force
    Weak Nuclear Force
    Strong Nuclear Force

    The Gravitational Force is weakest.

    However, regarding the above provided list, there would be no planet, wind, lightning, or life without Gravity. Gravity condensed dust and gasses into a planet, atmosphere and water stick around the planet due to gravity and the Planet's core producing the Magnetosphere.
    I agree with antiteaparty that Tectonic Action on the planet is very powerful. It produces entire mountain ranges and is the face of our planet, and has powerful effects on climate. *Lightning can't change the face of the planet. It makes Fulgerite, and may have had a role stimulating the production of rna and life producing enzymes...
    *Wind and Water are certainly powerful, but owes their power to being held to the planet by Gravity, and not blown away by the Sun due to the Planet's Magnetosphere produced by the core, which was made by Gravity.
    Without Gravity, the planet would not have formed around our Sun that provides the earth with life sustaining energy.

    No Gravity = nada.
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2013/03/08 19:31:15
    Life!
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    From a physics point of view, forces and power are different phenomenon, so a force like gravity can have a large magnitude, but doesn't in itself have any power. So instead of physics, I will go with "emotional power". I believe the existence of life to me is the most emotionally powerful and amazing forces on the planet.
  • LadyMorgana696 2013/03/08 16:49:55
  • QUIS EV... LadyMor... 2013/03/14 11:55:45
    QUIS EVADET
    +2
    Pictures like this make me wonder if this is where the terms,
    "Sky Father" and "Mother Earth" originated.
    Brown-chicken-Brown-cow, Brown-Chicken-Brown-Cow.
  • kateisgod 2013/03/08 16:46:19
    Gravity!
    kateisgod
    +2
    Hey, look at the moon, guys! Very powerful...
  • antiteaparty 2013/02/01 15:33:08
    Wind!
    antiteaparty
    +5
    Actually none of above.. Tectonic plates crashing together and ripping apart the very earth we stand on...

    Anything that can rip entire continents apart or push them together is by far the most powerful force on this planet... evolution of land masses
  • Spyro antitea... 2013/02/01 15:36:55
    Spyro
    That would be magma and lava from the Earths Core, but I don't believe that to be a force and even if it was it takes billions of years to move the continents around.
  • antitea... Spyro 2013/02/01 15:43:48
    antiteaparty
    I think the Japanese would disagree...
  • Spyro antitea... 2013/02/01 15:49:55 (edited)
    Spyro
    Well I don't care what the Japanese think or anyone else, I'm going by what I know and learned in Earth Science, your going with Earthquakes as shifting tectonics when they are not exactly the same thing, Earthquakes are capable of showing up in any area, Tectonic movement is mainly around the trenches.
  • antitea... Spyro 2013/02/01 16:00:59
    antiteaparty
    +1
    What do you think causes earthquakes? The shifting of tectonic plates...When 1 plate is moving against another plate that causes a build up of pressure and when that plate that is moving breaks from that pressure the earth gives way and causes it to unleash enough power to both destroy the ground, objects on the ground but it also can cause the ocean to produce tsunami's of 30 feet or more... anything that can move that much water in the vast ocean and powerful enough to completely wipe out everything it hits for 1000's of miles is without doubt the greatest force on this planet...
  • Spyro antitea... 2013/02/01 16:03:50
    Spyro
    Your right about that, but you can't put Earthquakes and Tectonic shifts in the same category when Earthquakes can happen anywhere, not just around the trenches.
  • antitea... Spyro 2013/02/01 16:17:49
    antiteaparty
    +1
    Earth quakes just don't happen everywhere without the laws of physics... you need pressure from 2 different plates... those plates don't need to be continental size... all they need is to have pressure on either side of a fault line and that whole area is under the threat of an earthquake...
  • Spyro antitea... 2013/02/01 17:02:45
    Spyro
    Actually, Earthquakes can happen anywhere, but usually close to the Plate boundaries!
  • antitea... Spyro 2013/02/01 17:07:08
    antiteaparty
    Tell me what you notice about these 2 maps...

    http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Glo...


    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ea...
  • Warren ... antitea... 2013/03/08 19:35:20
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +1
    Tremendous force, no doubt, but power is measured in energy per unit time, so I'm not sure it is very powerful. If tectonics dissipated significant energy over time, it would need to be included in climate models, and I have yet to hear anyone claim plate tectonics is a significant factor in climate. Even in heavily tectonic areas, there is negligible impact on the local climate.
  • antitea... Warren ... 2013/03/08 22:03:18
    antiteaparty
    +3
    Big earthquakes throw off vast amounts of energy. According to Beth Buczynski of the CrispGreen Web site, researchers have calculated that the January 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed upwards of 220,000 people in Haiti released as much energy as 31 atomic bombs like the one the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. And the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck northeast Japan in March 2011 unleashed the equivalent of more than 15,000 Hiroshima bombs.
  • Warren ... antitea... 2013/03/08 23:34:47
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    True, but even the small (relative to total solar flux) amount of radiative forcing from CO2 in the atmosphere is equivalent to 1 million Hiroshima bombs per day. On a planetary scale, the energy released in tectonic events is insignificant compared to solar irradiance and the weather systems it generates.
  • JustMe 2013/02/01 10:51:29
    Wind!
    JustMe
    +1
    though i think water is even more powerful
  • Spyro JustMe 2013/02/01 15:23:50
    Spyro
    water isnt really a force, with out gravity or wind and such water would just stay still
  • JustMe Spyro 2013/02/01 15:26:55
  • Clay Slayer 2013/01/30 21:30:53
    Wind!
    Clay Slayer
    +2
    Without wind, there would be no waves..LOL
  • Spyro Clay Sl... 2013/01/30 22:58:17
    Spyro
    lol Actually that's Gravity, water gets it's motion from the Moon's Gravity, not the wind!
  • Clay Sl... Spyro 2013/01/31 15:09:47
    Clay Slayer
    +1
    Have you ever been at sea in a storm? LMAO,, I have crossed the atlantic three time by boat,, some days no wind, sea like a mirror,, storm comes in and winds of 50 60 miles an hour whip up 40 foot waves.. dont tell me its gravity...I fish the flats here in florida in the gulf,, Wind comes up and the waters get choppy with whitecaps.. that is not gravity causing it...LMAO
  • Spyro Clay Sl... 2013/01/31 18:58:30
    Spyro
    I'm not arguing with you, it's gravity you should have learned about it in school at some time, but I don't really care to argue over the topic so you believe what you want!
  • Warren ... Spyro 2013/03/08 19:37:55
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    Gravity is responsible for the tides. Maybe that is what you were thinking. The actual energy comes from the movement of the moon and sun relative to the Earth. Tidal forces actually slow the motion of the moon and Earth over time.
  • Moose 2013/01/30 20:34:29
    Life!
    Moose
  • Clay Sl... Moose 2013/01/31 15:10:27 (edited)
    Clay Slayer
    Wind.. Hurricanes, tornados, cyclones, cause more damage than water...usually the wind is accompanied with a bit of water, but it is the force of the wind that does the damage.. Sunami's cause damage, but are rare..
  • Moose Clay Sl... 2013/02/01 18:40:14
    Moose
    The question was of power, not damage. Water focuses sunlight (or defuses it). It does work for gravity. It adds sting to the wind. Wind requires the sun to do anything at all. water gives birth to life.
    Anyway, it's just my take on the question.
  • Lady Winters 2013/01/29 22:52:42
    Wind!
    Lady Winters
    +1
    I would say water actually.
  • Spyro Lady Wi... 2013/01/29 23:04:15
    Spyro
    +1
    Water would be nothing without Gravity. That's how it gets it's motion, from the Gravity of the Moon! If I remember correctly.
  • sjalan 2013/01/29 21:40:35
    Life!
    sjalan
    +1
    All of the other three combined cannot stop the progress of life, small or large, weak or strong. "life goes on"
  • Bastion 2013/01/29 15:45:53
    Gravity!
    Bastion
    +1
    Rules.
  • lilith666enoch 2013/01/29 14:54:33
    Life!
    lilith666enoch
    +1
    Mother Earth
  • WankerBait 2013/01/29 14:48:41 (edited)
    Gravity!
    WankerBait
    +1
    what could exist without it?
  • Debra Smith 2013/01/29 13:53:53
  • Jay Theyme 2013/01/29 11:51:34
    Gravity!
    Jay Theyme
    +1
    Slipped on some ice last winter and was immediately reminded of Gravity's emphatic power.
  • graham.noble.1232 2013/01/29 11:08:37
    Gravity!
    graham.noble.1232
    +1
    it's the very thing that holds this entire galaxy together.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2013/01/29 10:08:34
    Life!
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    Mother Nature Herself!
  • Cunning Stunts 2013/01/29 09:00:57
  • Meljahun 2013/01/29 08:53:47
    Gravity!
    Meljahun
    +1
    They dont call it G-Force for nothing.

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