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Caves found in Patagonia may unlock secrets of how continents formed
Reuters ^ | Friday, March 7, 2014 | Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien; editing by Andrew Hay

Posted on 03/15/2014 2:48:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Chilean and French scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were formed.

The group found the system of around 20 limestone caves this week during a research trip to Diego de Almagro island off the far southwest coast of Chile.

Scientists had to abseil and scubadive to get into the caves, some of which are around 50 meters deep (165 feet). They found wall paintings and bone fragments left by the indigenous Kawesqar people that could help date the caves.

"You can make models of areas where the continents broke off and this could be one of those spots," said speleologist Natalia Morata.

The expedition is the latest in a series by the French Centre Terre association, who have found types of rock in the caves normally found in more temperate zones. That could give clues as to how the continents split apart.

Scientists believe continents move due to plate tectonics, and that the map of the Earth would have looked very different millions of years ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; patagonia
(headline is a nonsequitur, but we post what we're given around here)
1 posted on 03/15/2014 2:48:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: 240B; 75thOVI; Adder; albertp; asgardshill; At the Window; bitt; blu; BradyLS; cajungirl; ...
Weekly digest ping as well.

2 posted on 03/15/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

These people should have read GGG for the last 12 years.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: SunkenCiv
Scientists had to abseil and scubadive

I have sworn off abseiling for good. Rappelling only for me.

4 posted on 03/15/2014 3:03:02 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: SunkenCiv

It seems strange to date something “millions of years ago” by something no more than tens of thousands of years old (wall paintings).


5 posted on 03/15/2014 3:04:41 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3
"It seems strange to date something “millions of years ago” by something no more than tens of thousands of years old (wall paintings)."

It's Reuters. Anything older than 39 is too old to be of any concern about actual age.

6 posted on 03/15/2014 3:27:57 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (for)
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To: centurion316
Seriously !

WTH was wrong with rappelling ??

If yer 'sailing' it's prolly gonna hurt.


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7 posted on 03/15/2014 3:30:42 PM PDT by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: SunkenCiv

Proposed maps of continental movement for the last five hundred or so million years have placed Patagonia relatively close to the South Pole for most of that time span. However temperate and warm climates are indicated near the Pole for long periods of time. This will be interesting to watch if they are going after fossils in limestone for their projections.


8 posted on 03/15/2014 3:44:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: centurion316
It would appear the writer was not fluent in German Abseiling (/ˈæbseɪl/ or /ˈɑːpzaɪl/; from German abseilen, meaning "to rope down"), also called rappelling, is the controlled descent down a rock face using a rope
9 posted on 03/15/2014 4:10:17 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

natürlich


10 posted on 03/15/2014 4:23:53 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: SunkenCiv

I believe this is the reason for all the sinkholes in Florida. Florida is in the extremely slow process of breaking off from the continental US.


11 posted on 03/15/2014 4:27:49 PM PDT by cdpap
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To: SunkenCiv

bump


12 posted on 03/15/2014 5:11:02 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: SunkenCiv

They found giant turnbuckles and cables holding the continents together......
Here is one of the workers http://tinyurl.com/qbb27t6


13 posted on 03/15/2014 5:12:56 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: SunkenCiv


14 posted on 03/15/2014 5:16:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool. Also cool is that I learned a new word: abseil.


15 posted on 03/15/2014 5:31:34 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Expanding Earth theory?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJfBSc6e7QQ


16 posted on 03/15/2014 6:53:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Chilean and French scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were formed.

I wonder if they've checked out the above-ground caves?


17 posted on 03/15/2014 7:00:02 PM PDT by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is)
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To: SunkenCiv
Then, there's this to explain the continents:

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

18 posted on 03/16/2014 4:54:02 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: SunkenCiv
The caves held hidden scrolls with an expanded text of Genesis? *<];-')

Scientists believe continents move due to plate tectonics, and that the map of the Earth would have looked very different millions of years ago.

No s***, Little Beaver? You betch'em, Red Ryder!

Sounds like these researchers were really looking for a way to turn their vacation in the Southern Hemisphere, to escape all the Global Warming in the N.H., into a paying proposition.

19 posted on 03/16/2014 5:53:17 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

At this point, I wouldn’t mind a job like that — take a vacation in order to go to work. :’)


20 posted on 03/17/2014 7:51:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gitmo

:’) I think there’s an ESL problem underlying this article, but “underground caves”, while amusing, typically refer to caves which have no obvious entrance. Those can be submerged entrances (as here, apparently), or caves which formerly had entrances which have been covered for long periods of time.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 7:52:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; Fred Nerks

http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf037/sf037p11.htm


22 posted on 03/17/2014 7:53:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gusopol3; norwaypinesavage

The dating of the continental movements is not based on the paintings.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 7:56:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JimSEA; cdpap

Thx.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 7:56:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Little Bill

:’D Thanks LB. How do we know they haven’t? ;’)


25 posted on 03/17/2014 7:57:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

When I think about the Earth expanding I liken it to the formation of a geode.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 7:57:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’d never come across that swelling earth bit. It would be interesting to know how much acid this guy took to come up with this. It took some effort.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 8:37:01 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

Don’t think he was doing acid. He just noticed odd things about the moons around other planets in our solar system and it went from there.

Here is a video from the same guy about our expanding Moon and other moons.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEj39YZY5YQ


28 posted on 03/17/2014 8:46:49 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Entropy, the conservation of energy plus the more mundane subduction zones which can be proven in structural geology all are ignored by this guy. The plate tectonics model works without creating matter out of whole cloth. If the ocean floors weren’t much younger than the continents plate tectonics would be in trouble. As it is, each of the subduction zones are matched by ocean floor spread and/or rifts. There are a lot of things yet to be explained but this isn’t one of them.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT by JimSEA
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