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ZetaTalk: Continental Drift
Note: written by Jul 15, 1995. Planet X and the 12th Planet are one and the same.

Looking down from space, man can clearly see that the continents once formed a whole. Like the pieces of a puzzle that can be placed together, South America fits nicely into the curve of the Western African coast, and North America tucks up against Europe. All was one land mass in the past, so why have the continents drifted so far apart? And what, in fact, caused the globe to be so lumpy in the first place? Don't planets spinning from a molten state assume a circular shape? The answer, of course, is that the present Earth did not grow from a molten mass spinning slowly as it cooled, and thus lost this chance to gain a consistently round shape. When it was round, its watery nature would have precluded the type of intelligence that now inhabits it, as it would have remained a water planet as it was originally, with barely a point sticking bravely above the water's surface.

The Earth was once in orbit farther from the Sun, and bore as life only cold creatures that lived in the dark waters on the scant vegetation that grew there. This planet, the pre-Earth, sustained a collision with the 12th Planet's entourage of many moons, and thus shattered drifted into a new orbit closer to the Sun. The larger piece became the Earth, with its waters pooling in the wound as a cosmetic, the motion of the Earth pulling the waters round, to give a smooth appearance. But this peace lasts only until the great one returns for its periodic visit, pulling at the lumpy Earth. The inconsistencies of the surface only make the gravitational pulls of the 12th Planet more devastating, the continents like handles to be grabbed and jerked. Likewise, the depth of the Pacific trough is vulnerable, a weak point on the surface for the continents to slide toward. Thus we have continental drift, which is much too benign a word to use for the cataclysms that occur.

The Earth, during each successive Pole Sift, has filled her wound. At first, due to the lopsided nature of her shape, the tug toward roundness was slight. What was there to tug toward? She hugged herself, all on one side, and each passage of the giant comet only pulled slightly at this hug, separating her land mass and moving this into the gap. But each succeeding passage found a more vulnerable scene, and the separating of the single land mass increased. Why so? Because rifts, driven between land masses, were vulnerable spots, torn recently, tearable again. Increasingly the Americas have moved away from the African and European continents. Now, when the Americas are almost midway between the other land masses, and the African land mass has cleanly separated too, they are more vulnerable to becoming fully balanced during a pole shift than ever. During this pole shift the Pacific gap will close, equalizing the land masses as they spread around the globe. This will be devastating to certain subducting areas, such as India and Western Australia, and will heat to a tremendous degree those plates that are above the subducting plates in California, Tibet, and along the Pacific Rim.

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