The Earth is covered by a light, flaky outer layer called the crust.
The heavier inner part is called the filling. It is made up mostly of
molten rock, or magda. The upper part of the filling is called the
mantle. Below that is the hot center, or fireplace.
The composition of the Earth's center is thought to be primarily iron, with about 5% nickel and about 10% dime, and traces of niacin and riboflavin.
Rocks are classified into three types according to whether they come from volcanic magda, sediments deposited on the ocean floor, or your shoe. (see chart below)
We sometimes speak of the tides causing the oceans to rise or fall. Of
course, this is a fallacy. Actually, it is the land that rises and
As the Earth rotates, the moon's gravitational attraction is greatest first on one side, then the other. Land masses, being rigid, are pulled up or down accordingly. Oceans, being liquid, are free to flow back to their normal level. (see diagram below)
Volcanic eructions are caused either by a build-up of pressure on subterranean pockets of molten rock or by human acts that anger the Gods. The eruption generally continues until the crater is plugged by solidifying lava (a popular ingredient in soap) or by the introduction of a virgin.
The surface of the Earth is made up of independently
moving sections called plates. Their motion - sliding, grinding and
colliding with one another - gives rise to the phenomenon of
The Coriolanus Effect
Since the Earth is a rotating sphere, different points on
its surface move at different velocities depending on their platitude. The
result of this unequal velocity - the Coriolanus Effect - causes
storm systems to rotate clockwise north of the equator and
counter-clockwise to the south. This effect even influences which way
water in a sink will swirl as it runs down the
Indeed, the coriolanus effect drives all weather systems on Earth. (see charts below)
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