Humans Are Weird

So there has been a bit of “what if humans were the weird ones?” going around tumblr at the moment and Earth Day got me thinking. Earth is a wonky place, the axis tilts, the orbit wobbles, and the ground spews molten rock for goodness sakes. What if what makes humans weird is just our capacity to survive? What if all the other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather? 

What if several species (including humans) land on a world and the humans are all “SCORE! Earth like world! Let’s get exploring before we get out competed!” And the planet starts offing the other aliens right and left, electric storms, hypothermia, tornadoes and the humans are just … there… counting seconds between flashes, having snowball fights, and just surviving. 

anonymous asked:

Do you now what "Zen Paleontology" is? recently i found a guy in youtube saying (no joke) that Mount Everest could be a fossilized Megalodon teeth, not only would that make Megalodon around 936847 meters long but he also said that "it caught between the tectonic plates while chasing the Giant Octopus" and it backed those claims with "Zen Paleontology"

In 1912 Alfred Wegener proposed a controversial theory about how the Earth’s land masses formed. He said the great continents had once formed a single landmass, which had broken up over time. The idea went against all conventional ideas, and was roundly dismissed.

It took the work of young cartographer Marie Tharp to prove him right.

In 1947, she worked on a team that were running expeditions around the world, mapping the ocean floors with echolocation. However, Marie wasn’t allowed on the missions because women were seen as ‘bad luck’…

But the work she did back at the university was invaluable. Converting endless data into detailed profiles, she realised that the ocean floor isn’t a flat, featureless plane, but a complex, varied landscape.

Most importantly, she spotted a long, V-shaped valley in each of her profiles: a rift valley that supported Wegener’s theory, formed by two land masses moving apart, splitting the ocean floor in two.

But even with this evidence, Tharp’s ideas were dismissed as ‘girl talk’.

She then realised that her profiles tied in with worldwide earthquake maps being developed by a colleague.

The mounting evidence started to convince some sceptics, but not all. Renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau was so unconvinced that he sent an expedition to film the ocean floor and clear things up once and for all. What did his footage show? Exactly what Tharp had predicted.

Tharp’s steadfast determination had paved the way for Wegener’s continental drift theory to gain traction. As the tide of opposition waned, it gave birth to our modern understanding of plate tectonics and secured Tharp’s position as one of the most outstanding cartographers of the 20th century.

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[ 28.08.16 • 10/100 DAYS OF PRODUCTIVITY ]
wuhu some geog notes on plate tectonics that I did last week in preparation for my time trial the second day after c:
but well the day was well spent I suppose, 28/8!!aka birthday so there was cake the night before and then it was just studying straight on haha ;-; I completed my essay assignment though, on the reduction of gender inequality through education wew all that in-text referencing really tires out your eyes :’) hope everyone had a gr8 day though!!!

Okay, but consider this: We actually NEED our crazy, more or less hostile environment. We are, as a species, not built to survive on a more habitable planet.

After a suitable time of acquaintance, so they don’t come across as rude, our new alien buddies offer to relocate us to a friendlier planet without freak weather or shifting tectonic plates, because, well, death world, who would want to stay here?

And since we are starting to have a little problem with overpopulation, we take them up on it. No everyone gets relocated, a surprising amount of people doesn’t even want to relocate in the first place, but it’s still enough people for a few new, first settlements. In space. Everyone’s ecstatic.

Live goes on, and then after a few years people in these new settlements get sick.
They become listless, apathetic and aggressive at the same time, overall depression rises and no one can figure out why. The planet’s perfect for us I’m any way? What’s going on?

I don’t know, though, if I want the humans to come up with a solution or have the aliens figure out what’s going on and go WTF? What is wrong with these humans? They don’t just thrive in adversity, they actually need it?

Science Fact Friday: Wallace’s Line

This line may seem like small potatoes but Wallace discovered it before Darwin’s theory of evolution and long before scientists developed the theory of plate tectonics and continental drift. Scientists were still uncertain /why/ these two regions had such different wildlife. Tigers and monkeys on one side, kangaroos and platypus on the other. What gives?

Even though they are (relatively) close now, Australia and Asia haven’t been connected since the supercontinent Pangaea broke up about 175 million years ago. At that time, Australia was next to the Indian subcontinent and Antarctica. India gradually drifted upwards into Asia, Antarctica southwards to the pole, and Australia has been an island ever since. The consequence of this is that Australian species have been evolving, isolated, for about 80 million years.

The line has been modified a few times - Huxley proposed a small shift (pictured), and two other lines (Weber’s and Lydekker’s) have also been suggested.


Tsunamis are caused by energy originating underwater from a volcanic eruption, a submarine landslide, or, most commonly, an earthquake on the ocean floor.

1. For example, the tectonic plates of the Earth’s surface slip, releasing a massive amount of energy into the water. 2. This energy travels up to the surface, displacing water and raising it above the normal sea level.

3. Gravity pulls that energy back down.

4. As a result, the energy ripples outwards horizontally. Thus, the tsunami is born, moving at over 500 miles per hour.  

From the TED-Ed Lesson How tsunamis work - Alex Gendler

Animation by Augenblick Studios

What would aliens think about the tectonic plates? Like our planet is cracked just under the surface, and some of us live on these cracks, and we know our world is cracked right there but we do it anyway, and sometimes these cracks open up and swallow us up/otherwise destroy, and we do it a n y w a y??

Aliens visit Yellowstone

I’ve been following this humans are space orcs tag for a while. I’ve heard that plate tectonics may be crucial for life. So what if what is weird about humans is not plate tectonics or extreme weather but that we live there often on purpose? Like think of Yellowstone!

Imagine the first aliens to visit Earth for an extended period of time. They would see our biggest cities, our oldest settlements, or museums, our art… And then they are invited to visit this Park called Yellowstone. And they get there and find that this park is centered around an ACTIVE VOLCANO! And people have been living and traveling through this area for hundreds of years. And now we have boardwalks over streams of boiling acid, and the park is most famous for a jet of near boiling water and steam. And people get seriously hurt or killed by the boiling acid and the wildlife every YEAR. And still people visit and try to pet the bison! Like these aliens know a lot about volcanoes but there is no way they would visit one! For fun! On purpose! So the aliens are like “Not many people visit this place right?” And their guides are like “No this is our oldest national park and it is one of the most visited parks in this particular country! In fact so many people visit that most of the people that work here are employed protecting the park.” The aliens are like “Protecting the volcano from WHAT??” “Well, from other humans, of course.” Aliens leave Earth soon after and warn every species they can think of that humans are not only short-sighted but also so dangerous that they have people who are employed protecting volcanoes from other people!

multifandompersonage  asked:

Would you say it's easier creating what your world looks like if you know where the tectonic plates are and therefore can have an educated guess on where mountains, volcanoes and other things are or is it better to just go for it and do anything

I talked a little bit about that before, HERE.

I like to create my terrain based on tectonic plate movement, volcanic activity, etc. But I’m not sure it’s necessarily easier; it’s just a preference. 

I like to have a reason for any and everything, so when I’m creating a world arbitrary mountains and canyons bug me. But it’s also not something I even think about most of the time when I’m looking at someone else’s map. I don’t know how arbitrary or not any of their geography is. They don’t provide me a map of their world’s tectonic plates and the movement thereof. (Frankly, it’d be weird if they did.)

Do whichever method you prefer, whatever makes you comfortable. Go back and forth. Mix it up. If you find it easier to do it the “sciencey” way, then by all means! If not, then don’t. 

Don’t stress about it either way. To the majority of your readers, it won’t matter in the slightest. 

Happy building!