• If we keep drilling into the earth does that mean the atmosphere will slowly shrink as the holes are filled with air?

    Best answer: Of course not. The material that we remove from the solid earth when we drill a hole into the solid earth ends up above ground, displacing some of the atmosphere that was above ground. The total combined volume of all the holes we have ever drilled into the earth is a tiny, tiny fraction of the volume of the... show more
    Best answer: Of course not. The material that we remove from the solid earth when we drill a hole into the solid earth ends up above ground, displacing some of the atmosphere that was above ground. The total combined volume of all the holes we have ever drilled into the earth is a tiny, tiny fraction of the volume of the atmosphere.
    13 answers · 1 month ago
  • The smoke from all of those wildfires out west is blotting out the sun. Will it become like a nuclear winter?

    Best answer: Most of it does not go high enough into the atmosphere to stay there so long that a "nuclear winter" effect would result. Besides, it is complicated by the fact that soot and reflective particulates are also associated with water vapor, methane, and CO2, and the two groups of things produce opposite... show more
    Best answer: Most of it does not go high enough into the atmosphere to stay there so long that a "nuclear winter" effect would result. Besides, it is complicated by the fact that soot and reflective particulates are also associated with water vapor, methane, and CO2, and the two groups of things produce opposite effects.

    The main problem with nuclear or volcanic "winter" derives from the presence of suspended reflective particulates in the upper atmosphere for a very long time. Smoke tends to be in the lower atmosphere and even if it blocks light from making it all the way to the surface of the earth, most of the heat is still absorbed in the lower atmosphere and thus will add heat to the lower atmosphere rather than reflect heat away. The ground under the cover will not heat as much, but the air above the ground will tend to heat more, and the air is in fairly direct contact with the ground so the solar energy does not get lost back to space, but instead stays in that level of the atmosphere where we live.
    8 answers · 1 month ago
  • What stone is this? Stone identification?

    What stone is this? Stone identification?

    Best answer: Hi common agate found on the beach.
    Best answer: Hi common agate found on the beach.
    3 answers · 1 month ago
  • Are household chemicals, soaps washing up liquids just as harmful as plastic?

    Best answer: They have different effects so it is hard to say what is "worse". The main problem is not an inherent toxicity in most things, it is a toxicity that exists when there is an excess. It is the excessive presence that is the problem. There are a number of chemicals that are harmful to some extent at even... show more
    Best answer: They have different effects so it is hard to say what is "worse". The main problem is not an inherent toxicity in most things, it is a toxicity that exists when there is an excess. It is the excessive presence that is the problem.

    There are a number of chemicals that are harmful to some extent at even very low concentrations (like dioxins, say), but many of the chemicals we employ daily are not, of themselves, a major problem except when there is too much, and that is pretty well true of everything, even oxygen (something we require but only at proper concentrations).

    Your question does not have a black and white answer. Reality is more complicated.

    Even whether you live where there is proper treatment of domestic wastewater (sewage) matters immensely to any probable negative impact. Chemicals can be diluted and will react into less "harmful" substances with time and with exposure to systems that promote such changes.

    The problem with plastics is basically a case of massive littering, dumping of solid wastes. It is not, as a general thing, a chemical problem. It is difficult to compare the impacts of solids versus chemicals in a general way.

    The main problem with human byproducts is that there are so many of us using so much stuff that nature cannot deal with it rapidly enough.
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • Why don’t buildings in the UK have air conditioning?

    Especially during these heatwaves even the newer buildings get unbearably hot! Only a few places I managed to find such as a McDonald’s and VUE cinema had proper air conditioning. I get that it doesn’t get hot that often but surely they would have an A/C installed just in case?
    Especially during these heatwaves even the newer buildings get unbearably hot! Only a few places I managed to find such as a McDonald’s and VUE cinema had proper air conditioning. I get that it doesn’t get hot that often but surely they would have an A/C installed just in case?
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Is this what flat earthers believe?

    Is this what flat earthers believe?

    16 answers · 1 month ago
  • With rains/climate change/&sea water rise damping life in the coastal regions each year, what is the likely solution, evacuate or face up?

    Best answer: The earth has a way of healing itself. If the global warming is real eventually the Ice will melt, raising the level of the oceans, drowning most of the people, flooding the cities and roads. Then when all of the people are gone it will re construct Earth Unless Andromeda gets here first.
    Best answer: The earth has a way of healing itself. If the global warming is real eventually the Ice will melt, raising the level of the oceans, drowning most of the people, flooding the cities and roads. Then when all of the people are gone it will re construct Earth Unless Andromeda gets here first.
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Why do some people in power do bad stuff even when they seem to know it will ruin the planet?

    Best answer: Many people are more concerned with self than others. Why? Well, that is a good question and there are lots of reasons that answer. Some people do not recognize that their actions "ruin the planet" so they don't "know". Human thought and behavior is not a simple system to understand. ... show more
    Best answer: Many people are more concerned with self than others. Why? Well, that is a good question and there are lots of reasons that answer. Some people do not recognize that their actions "ruin the planet" so they don't "know". Human thought and behavior is not a simple system to understand. Everyone is partly what they were born with, with experience or training affecting their choices and ideas and thoughts, and thus decisions.

    You can turn it around and express things from their view: "why do some people worry about the planet when there are more important and immediate needs to be satisfied?" It is the age-old argument about the nature of right and wrong, ethics and morality, the weighing of cost versus benefit. You perceive the cost to be greater than the benefit. They do not.
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Where can a concerned East Coast citizen find a Hawaii volcano live feed?

    Best answer: Pick your poison.
    https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/
    Best answer: Pick your poison.
    https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • Why do some people believe that the earth is flat? Is there any evidence leading to this belief?

    Best answer: The "evidence" is what one can see by stepping outside and looking.Face it, the earth looks "flat" from our perspective. It ignores the fact that what is in view is a very tiny portion of a very large object, that the perspective is very limited in scope. Basically, to believe in a flat earth... show more
    Best answer: The "evidence" is what one can see by stepping outside and looking.Face it, the earth looks "flat" from our perspective.
    It ignores the fact that what is in view is a very tiny portion of a very large object, that the perspective is very limited in scope.

    Basically, to believe in a flat earth requires denial of reason and logic, and lots of evidence. That is, unfortunately, an all-too common human behavior. It isn't just about a flat earth where that shows itself.
    13 answers · 2 months ago
  • What would happen if you destroyed a planet s core?

    Best answer: Kind of hard to get to the core without destroying the overlying material, but what precisely would happen depends on what you mean by "destroy". It is possible to imagine mixing the core back in with the rest of the planet, in some way, in which case there would be heat impacts and perhaps magnetic... show more
    Best answer: Kind of hard to get to the core without destroying the overlying material, but what precisely would happen depends on what you mean by "destroy". It is possible to imagine mixing the core back in with the rest of the planet, in some way, in which case there would be heat impacts and perhaps magnetic field issues, but the planet would remain a planet. On the other hand, if you could magically dematerialize the core, the planet would collapse into the hole left behind, and this would effectively destroy the planet. Clearly, if the destruction was explosive in nature, the overlying material would be forced to explode as well, and the planet would cease to exist.
    7 answers · 1 month ago
  • Any tips how to take care of a pet rock?

    Best answer: Never feed it after midnight!
    Best answer: Never feed it after midnight!
    13 answers · 2 months ago