By Hwaa Irfan
While we live in excess, and waste, and are now facing the consequences of such a wasteful lifestyle, evidence from researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, have proven what the sages, metaphysicians, environmentalists, and the scholars of certain religions have been trying to enlighten us with.
Geologists have known this for a while, but current evidence reveals that the Earth’s crust recycles at a faster rate than previously believed. The “cauldron” where the earth’s crust recycles is the volcanoes which involves earth crust from the ocean sinking into the earth as tectonic plates move. The tectonic plates are the land mass that provides the foundations for our continents. For example, Japan, and the U.S. share the same tectonic plate, the North American Tectonic Plate, but what makes Japan vulnerable to seismic disasters is the fact that Earth’s 5 main tectonic plates: Okhotsk plate, the Pacific Plate, the Filipino Sea Plate the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate converge where Japan is in the northwestern Pacfic.
As parts of the oceanic crust sinks deep into the earth, which is causes by the movement of these tectonic plates, it re-surfaces through volcanic eruption. Currently, this process is believed to take 500 million years, as opposed to the previously believed 2 billion years.
For people who live on land masses that recycle often, there must be a special synergy, as may be noticed in places like Hawaii, which as an oceanic island, is volcanic. Hawaii was “thrown up” so to speak from the lower mantle of the earth, which makes Hawaii young in comparison to mainland U.S. Fresh from the depths of the earth; its life force is strong. The mantle lies under the tectonic plates, which in turn lays under the thin crust we stand on which is approximately 30km thick. The mantle is rich in iron, magnesium, and silicate rocks.
The Max Planck Institute updated the speed by which the earth recycles by analyzing glass inclusions in olivine crystals from the lava on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.