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#### What do you think about Earth gravitation anomaly?

6 (75%)
It doesn't make sense.
0 (0%)
We need a different gravity theory.
1 (12.5%)
What is it?
1 (12.5%)

Total Members Voted: 8

Voting closed: 24/03/2012 15:32:55

# Earth Gravity anomaly

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#### greeniemax

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##### Earth Gravity anomaly
« on: 23/02/2012 15:32:55 »
Earth gravitational anomaly is a physical problem where gravity of the earth is different in different places, some think they have the answer while others think it doesn't answer completely.
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#### imatfaal

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##### Re: Earth Gravity anomaly
« Reply #1 on: 23/02/2012 15:49:45 »
Greeniemax

We know that gravity varies with the density of the rock and height above sea-level and other factors - see this BBC article - is this what you are referring to, or something more complicated?
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#### Bored chemist

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« Reply #2 on: 23/02/2012 19:08:45 »
Why is this set up as a poll?

#### CliffordK

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« Reply #3 on: 23/02/2012 19:45:32 »

Also the Grace Project.  See notes on Gravity around the world.  Gravity also varies with centrifugal force which varies with the distance from the equator.  And, of course, Earth's bulge.

One of the problems with the space generated diagrams such as the one above is that they don't fully take into account surface elevation.  So, The Andes, Himalayas, and Rocky Mountains show up as prominent red spots due to excess rock, but in fact, the surface gravity may be lower due to higher elevation.

The Grace satellites are also being used to monitor changes in ice, elevation, and ocean depth, which can show up as changes in the local gravity over time as measured from space.

No new theory is necessary.  One just needs to realize that gravity isn't uniform.  Still the 9.8 m/s2 is a good estimate of the surface gravity of Earth.  However, one should keep in mind that it is only accurate to 2 significant figures.

#### Geezer

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« Reply #4 on: 24/02/2012 04:03:34 »
Why is this set up as a poll?

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#### greeniemax

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« Reply #5 on: 24/02/2012 15:00:49 »
Well I set up a poll because I wanted to see how many people actually think its an issue that can't be explained.

I tried reading lots about it but most of write up doesn't actually give a real reason for why gravity world wide is lined up with hot spots and when you compare it to depression in Indian Ocean we could see that there are no hot spots or volcano in that area. Is earth being liquid underneath has anything to do with change in gravity?

In case we just take altitude for the place it doesn't explain everything because we see high gravity near the pacific rim, maybe I have missed something but this is my assumption that for some reason we have higher gravity near hot spots.
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#### greeniemax

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« Reply #6 on: 25/02/2012 18:59:13 »
It would be lovely if more people could give their feedback in written or in polls.

I would really like to understand this issue so we could get to bottom of this.
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#### Soul Surfer

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« Reply #7 on: 26/02/2012 17:07:50 »
As Clifford says The term "gravitation anomaly" is a misnomer and tends to imply some departure from normal physical laws.  This is not the case. What is being measured as accurately as possible is the accurate gravitational field of the earth by its departure from that of a precise uniform sphere. So the correct term is probably gravitational anomaly.

It is perfectly obvious to everyone that the earth is not uniform, there are oceans of different depths and mountains of different sorts of rocks and different heights.   This means that gravity is stronger near to dense rock and weaker near to light materials it is also lower at great heights and tends to be higher close to the centre of the earth up to a point when it starts to get less deep down in mines. The mapping of precise gravitational fields on the earth's surface has been used for many decades for prospecting for minerals and in particular oil because oil is rather light compared with rock.

This experiment is aimed at measuring the precise fields and field gradients with the aim of learning more about the structure and composition of the earth and absolutely nothing to do with checking the accuracy of any physical laws which are always assumed to be correct.
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#### greeniemax

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« Reply #8 on: 27/02/2012 06:54:14 »
Agreed Earth isn't uniform that means earth gravitation should be high or low based on altitude of the place, which isn't seen in the map, for instance you said "it is also lower at great heights and tends to be higher close to the center of earth" problem is that Himalayas, Rocky mountain and Chilean coast (which is a height) are locations of high gravity so lower gravity isn't seen in these places, if you take higher gravity is in higher altitude than it doesn't make sense when you have north Atlantic ocean and Eastern pacific rim near Japan.

For other reason if we take that dense rock into consideration, that would be fine if you take Himalayas but doesn't make sense for Iceland, Malaysia or Hawaii because we find molten rocks (Under the earth - High volcanic activity) and these rocks are lower in density than solid rocks.

Only one thing matches with the map world volcano map, its almost 1 to 1, could it be that mass has little to do with the world gravity and gravitational pull is based upon mass and energy?
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#### Cheese2001

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« Reply #9 on: 29/02/2012 02:33:59 »
I would suggest most of the deviations are explained well in the source document of the spinning globe picture above:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GRACE/page3.php

The local value for acceleration due to gravity changes, but we aren't changing the model of gravity.  We are using the well understood model of gravity to measure:

"These techniques provide critical input to many scientific models used in oceanography, hydrology, geology, and related disciplines, and will be used for a variety of applications including:

measuring the changing mass of polar ice caps;
measuring changes in water resources on land
understanding shallow and deep ocean current transport;
understanding sea level change resulting from ocean temperature and water mass changes;
understanding atmosphere-ocean mass exchange;
understanding the forces that generate Earth’s geomagnetic field; and
understanding internal Earth forces that move tectonic plates and result in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions."

Hope this helps.

#### greeniemax

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« Reply #10 on: 29/02/2012 09:47:12 »
Thanks for the nice write up and link, but if you look at the explanation of map it doesn't even make sense.

"Gravity anomaly maps (see globe below) show how much the Earth’s actual gravity field differs from the gravity field of a uniform, featureless Earth surface. The anomalies highlight variations in the strength of the gravitational force over the surface of the Earth. Gravity anomalies are often due to unusual concentrations of mass in a region. For example, the presence of mountain ranges will usually cause the gravitational force to be more than it would be on a featureless planet — positive gravity anomaly. Conversely, the presence of ocean trenches or even the depression of the landmass that was caused by the presence of glaciers millennia ago can cause negative gravity anomalies."

We know that mountains are due to plate tectonic and volcanic activities, even though there are mountains near pacific ring of fire but they are much smaller than earth surface, that means radius (r) will be less in these places compared to a place which is 100m above sea level, this would automatically make the gravity less because there is difference of 4-5km between two surfaces, now it doesn't matter but mountains can't have huge concentrations of compressed rocks of 4-5km.

But if you look at it from point of view of simple amount of heat present in the earth it gives almost perfect answer.

http://www.zonu.com/detail-en/2009-11-19-11208/Gravity-anomalies-in-the-world.html

http://geospatialdesktop.com/2009/01/gmt_overlay_map/

Please check and compare the links below, that simply imply that gravity isn't attraction between masses but attraction between energy and mass, which is crazy but this is what it implies. I'll post another question that would be a good so called pointer in same direction, I'm not going to post it here because not everyone would see it and will be able to post something on it.

I'm sure they would think I'm talking coo-coo but if you check the maps above its almost accurate.
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#### Cheese2001

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« Reply #11 on: 29/02/2012 15:20:01 »
I read your posts, but I don't come to the same conclusion you did.  Newton's gravity is correct for round, featureless object.  At long distances, planetary distances for example, the roughness of the planetary surface doesn't matter, it's just too small to matter.

GRACE is attempting to map the differences between a round featureless globe to the one we live on.  The higher density of the mountainous regions are a bigger influence on the local value for acceleration due to gravity than the increased height above the geoid.  The rocks are of higher density than water (obvious, since rocks sink in water), so the gravity is slightly higher on a mountain than sitting on a boat.  Mountains are moved higher due to tectonics and volcanic activity, but the gravity delta is due to the mass distribution on the planet, not the heat.

Because gravity is so well understood, we can use a satellite at a known distance above the earth to measure the mass distribution of the earth.

#### imatfaal

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« Reply #12 on: 29/02/2012 16:55:24 »
Nice answers 2001 a Cheese Odyssey - and welcome to the Forum
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#### greeniemax

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« Reply #13 on: 29/02/2012 22:48:21 »
Dear Cheese maybe I'm unable to understand you or you're unable to understand me. Let me give it one more shot and try to explain what I'm saying, I'll post my next question related to exactly this but asked in a different way.

The higher density of the mountainous regions are a bigger influence on the local value for acceleration due to gravity than the increased height above the geoid.

When mountain is created using plate tectonic like Himalayas it would have higher density, but that density is also limited, but if mountain is created using volcanic action the density of that mountain is low, under sea mountain ranges near Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia would have less density compared to a normal sedimentary rock from a normal earth region. Due to liquid rock underneath the mountain surface and because of trapped water and air particles when lava bubbles out.

Secondly most of these mountains are underwater, that means distance from center of the earth for this mountain peak would be less than surface of the earth. Let me say it once more in a different way, underwater mountain (x) would have less distance to center of the earth (r) compared to surface of the earth (y). Thus (x->r) < (y->r), because above the mountain inside the sea its water, which is less dense. i.e. Pacific rim, underwater sea near Fiji Islands, Hawaii (underwater), North Atlantic cannot have higher gravitational pull compared to Central USA or Brazil. Because more mass more gravity, this is exactly what we don't see in these maps.

In case we are getting this errors (anomaly) it means that there is something wrong, things don't work out as they should this is why its called "anomaly".

http://www.ngu.no/geodynamics/gplates/gravi-450dpi.jpg

If you look in the above very accurate map of gravity you'll see that below sea level trenches have high gravitation, they are very clear in the above map, point is why? My theory is that gravitational pull isn't between two masses but

g=(M1+E1)+M2-E2

g is Gravitational Effect
M1 = Mass of First Object
E1 = Free Energy of First Object
M2 = Mass of Second Object
E2 = Free Energy of Second Object

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#### Cheese2001

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« Reply #14 on: 01/03/2012 03:38:35 »
Sorry, mate, I can't help you.  Newtonian gravity doesn't account for energy impacting local gravitational values.

Newtonian physics can explain the local value of gravity in terms of variable density about a body, a rotational reference frame, and the distance from the point of interest to the point mass center of the system.

You start with Fgravity = m * a = G * Mearth * m / r2

Good news: the lower case "m" terms cancel.

Bad news:  You have to use the vector form of the equation and the acceleration term has to be that of a non-inertial rotating reference frame.  Change the Mearth term into the volume integral of density as a function of distance from the point of interest.  The radius term in the denominator will remain the distance from the point of interest to the equivalent point mass of the system, but needs to be a vector.  This is beyond my mathematical abilities to even write correctly.

If you'd like to see energy effects on gravity, you need to use the General Theory of Relativity.  That is well beyond my area of expertise.

I know this is unsatisfying.  My apologies.

#### CPT ArkAngel

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« Reply #15 on: 01/03/2012 04:35:16 »
It is more a problem of knowing the density of the ground under your feet (from the ground to the earth's center of mass)...
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#### Atomic-S

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« Reply #16 on: 01/03/2012 04:36:57 »
http://www.ngu.no/geodynamics/gplates/gravi-450dpi.jpg

The color code of the referenced map is, to my eye, somewhat unclear. I observe along the western South American coast: on shore areas in red and off-shore areas in pink. Does that mean that the gravitation in these areas is nearly equal, or highly dissimilar? Examining elswhere on the map I see evidence for both interpretations.

#### Atomic-S

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« Reply #17 on: 01/03/2012 04:45:49 »
My theory is that gravitational pull isn't between two masses but

g=(M1+E1)+M2-E2

g is Gravitational Effect
M1 = Mass of First Object
E1 = Free Energy of First Object
M2 = Mass of Second Object
E2 = Free Energy of Second Object

Actually, your theory is supported by Einstein's relativity, if by M1 and M2 we mean the masses at a base condition, and by E1 and E2 we mean the equivalent relativistic mass added by an energizing condition such as a different temperature that of the base condition. However, the correct expression is (M1 + E1/c2)*(M2 + E2/c2). Note that for common temperature differences, the E terms add only a very tiny correction, probably not detectable.  Rather than this line of inquiry, I am more likely to inquire into the way chemical composition and temperature (including wheter in liquid or solid state) affect densities of rocks, together with an analysis of the distance of the said rocks from the observer. By the way, do we know whether the anomaly maps that we have been viewing are for g at the surface (which varies in altitude), or is it for g at some fixed altitude?  That distinction matters.

#### CliffordK

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« Reply #18 on: 01/03/2012 06:15:57 »
Another way to look at it.  From Newton's universal law of gravitation

$$F=G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}$$

Now, if the Earth is about 5.98×1024 kg.

But, rather than thinking of the mass of the Earth as a homogeneous body, I could treat every kilogram independently, and thus my mass would define the sum of  5.98×1024 independent direction vectors of the pull of my body towards each separate kg that makes up the Earth.  Better yet, I could break my body up into a little less than 100 kilos, and thus defining   5.98×1026 vectors for each kilo in my body.  Sum, all the vectors, and one gets the actual pull due to gravity.

Looking at it as the sum of vectors, it is easy to predict that the gravity will be zero in the middle of the earth (ignoring the sun and moon).

If I stood East of of a mountain chain, and then again to the West of the mountain chain, I might actually see the direction of the pull of gravity deviate slightly due to the vector created by the mountain chain towering above me.

#### greeniemax

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« Reply #19 on: 01/03/2012 07:20:04 »
Thank you so much all for feed back its so nice to talk to people who speak your language.

See what I'm talking about has a bit of twist to it, I'm saying matter and matter would have no effect on each other now biggest problem is E=MC2 where Matter is made up of energy. But mass we see has energy because its atomic energy similar to energy released in fusion or fission.

The an atom has energy in it and because it forms part of matter it has attraction, this isn't just pure matter, for sure the biggest problem is we have to separate mass as matter and energy, which in current theories are same "matter = energy".

The E I'm talking about is free energy, though the effect of even difference of energy could be seen in H (Hydrogen) and He (Helium), I'll post my second idea here but than I'll put on main for others to see and answer on Sunday.

You see hot anything rises, but mostly we can see this in Liquid and Gasses because they move easily. Okay for sure that is fine because hot elements are less dense and that means they have more empty spaces between them, but makes them lighter.

But being less dense and lighter is our understanding of thing but what makes less dense lighter? Why is less dense thing lighter?

Lets put same idea that I had before to work

g=M1+E1+M2-E2 (This is very simple because I'm not a mathematician)

It simply says if you heat something it would have less attraction due to increase in Energy levels, now same concept of Gravity anomaly applies to objects being lighter when they have higher amount of free energy. Thus two object have attraction toward each other based on amount of free energy and mass.

Free Energy (Energy that could be exchanged by equilibrium or chemical process with other atoms of different types)

Now if you look at the method how GRACE is doing its survey.

Earth is M1 and E1 that changes all the time
GRACE is M2 and E2 that is static and doesn't change.

If you increase either M1 or E1 on Earth it would simply increase the value of g, because value of M2 and E2 is consistent and doesn't change. Thus every time GRACE goes over an area with higher E1 (more energy like a volcano or underwater open volcanic trench) it would show higher gravity levels and but it would also increase if mass increases like mountains or hills.

I hope you guys try to understand what I'm talking about because I'm really bad in explaining things.
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#### greeniemax

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« Reply #20 on: 04/03/2012 09:14:18 »
It will be great to get an answer for above just to know if I'm pointing in right direction, because if I am than we surely need a better understanding of gravity as we seriously have problem with it.

Newtonian Gravity doesn't work with orbit of Mercury.
General Relativity doesn't work outside our solar system because Galaxy moves in totally different way, (Dark matter).

Are we missing something? Help me guys.

Thanks.
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#### katesisco

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« Reply #21 on: 04/03/2012 18:06:22 »
My comments won't help much but I wonder also.  Miles Mathis has insights here that were helpful to me.
Anti-matter is the opposite of Z spin.  Let's assume that we had a lighter gravity --that means a lot more anti gravity --- in the past as S W Carey work has clearly demonstrated as evident in the geologic record.
All I have is questions:  is the magnetic record of the rocks pertinent ONLY to the time frame of the brief occurance of the event?  How can we assume one identifiable magnetic record extends all the way forward to the next evident magnetic record.  Maybe inbetween is a period of non magnetism?  How are the pockets of unusual gravity (low) on Earth explained?  How exactly are they identified or can they be?  If a map of the magnetic field fails to identify these small pockets (because they are too small?) then how do we know for sure we have correctly identified our magnetic field?
If the primary condition of E in the past was light gravity, with strong intermissions of gravity, how would we know?  It seems to me we are operating from the idea that since it is now, ever has been.  That is not science.
For the sake of enlightenment (not argument) let's assume that E has been a planet with nearly 50% matter/anti-matter which would make a light gravity and explain the dinos.

The question would then be why has the E became a dense gravity well.

That is the question science would like to answer by applying anti-matter at will.  I do not think that will happen.  Miles Mathis hints that people may be the answer as to why we are at the bottom of a gravity well.  In a true irony, people themselves may be the cause of the initialization of a 'nub' up to matter spin and not anti-matter.  NASA called out attention to the water molecules in the air setting up synchronizing spin when SunDo passed through the cloud upon launch.  NASA implied the answer was sound.

If E was composed of half matter/half anti-matter, something would have to stop the spin of anti-matter so the 'nub' as Miles Mathis identifies it would sit waiting for enough bumps to initialize spin.  But the problem is that once a 'nub' has been initialized, it spins up as matter.  This is science's problem.  Why?

#### Sprool

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« Reply #22 on: 06/03/2012 12:50:09 »
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When mountain is created using plate tectonic like Himalayas it would have higher density, but that density is also limited, but if mountain is created using volcanic action the density of that mountain is low, under sea mountain ranges near Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia would have less density compared to a normal sedimentary rock from a normal earth region.
Let6s bring this back down to earth again before you start on dark matter. Are you saying that sedimentary rocks are denser than volcanic rocks? That simply is not true as a generalisation. If you are basing your whole anomaly argument on one fact that is not correct then you do not have a logical case.
Sedimentary rocks are mostly quartz and clays, their density is determioned more by their packing than by theuir chemical composition. In general expect 1.8 - 2.4g/cm3 for most sedimentary rocks.
Igneous and metamorphic rocks will normally have densities above 2.5 and be determined more by their chemical composition rather than their packing. Normally expect 2.5 - 2.8g/cm3 but igneous rocks high in iron, lead, etc (pyrite, galena minerals.....) densities will push up to 5 and above. While these can be found in sedimentary rocks, by their very nature many will have been weathered, oxidised and washed away, so again density is more about particle packing and sedimentary rocks are in general more porous = lower density.

Another point you make is about mountains being under water and gravity being measured at the surface. While the average depth of the oceans globally is about 4km, the radius of the earth is about 6300km, so thats only 0.063% of the earths radius. Not enough to be of much significance.

You should add a further option to your poll: Gravitational anomaly - there isn't one.
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#### greeniemax

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« Reply #23 on: 07/03/2012 06:24:41 »
Sprool

This is why its called gravity anomaly and this is why you could see on the map that areas that give gravitation anomaly.

Now either you have to completely ignore the values we are getting and move on or find an answer for it, rocks (as you said) with 4km-8km (sometimes mountains) difference in thickness can't make huge gravitational pull (at least on paper) for no reason.

Only thing we find in the area that is same as the map are hot spots, true you could brush aside the problem as if nothing happened and nothing make any difference just because we are too lazy to add corrections to gravitation theory but that doesn't mean problem would be solved on its own.

You could try to find the right answer by checking other things that are in common with the gravity anomaly but as of right now what we have is hot spots laying under each higher gravitation area.

Don't tell me everything is alright, look at the map, its an issue we have something wrong, I'm not saying I'm right but this is my 2 cents in the problem, put your 2 cents rather than rejecting the idea and saying it doesn't exist.
Greenie Max

#### damocles

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« Reply #24 on: 07/03/2012 07:02:51 »
Greeniemax

(1) Science is not a democracy. The results of polling cannot prove or disprove a scientific claim, or even provide good evidence. Carefully planned measurements backed up with carefully reasoned argument are what is needed.

(2) The main factor -- over 99% -- of the difference in gravity at various places on the Earth's surface has to do with the fact that at the poles you are 22km closer to the Earth's centre of mass than at the equator, and you have zero centripetal acceleration as against the full effect of the Earth's rotation. Both of these effects make gravity higher at high latitudes, and they are easily corrected for by direct geometric calculation. The difference between equator and pole is roughly 1%. This particular aspect of surface gravitational variability could be corrected for in ground based measurement. It is not at issue for a satellite in circular polar orbit, because it travels in a circle centred on the Earth's centre of mass. It does not orbit at a constant altitude (relative to sea level).

(3) The remaining gravitational anomalies, which are those shown on maps like CliffordK's above, are anomalies at the parts-per-million level. They show a fairly irregular pattern, although there are features associated with major mountain ranges or with ocean floor 'shield'. The fact that these anomaly maps are of interest to mineral exploration companies suggests that they are pretty well understood! If they are collected from a satellite -- as they usually are these days -- then surface elevation becomes irrelevant as far as correction to the map is concerned, though it may well be important in its relation to regions of positive or negative gravitational anomaly.
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#### Sprool

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« Reply #25 on: 07/03/2012 12:24:28 »
All the gravitational anomolies I can see are adequately explained by the differnces in density of the underlying rocks, into the deeper mantle and in the crustal region. That is my 2c worth - hotspots exist in the crust due to the underlying geology and laying rise to plate tectonics. Together with this are the differnces in mass and density of the underlying rocks since the crust and mantle are not homogeneous.
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#### Phractality

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« Reply #26 on: 08/03/2012 04:32:45 »
Hot stuff rises relative to the same stuff which is colder. That's why you get convection currents when heating a pot of water. If you have cold oil on top of the hot water, the oil doesn't sink because, even when cold, it's still less dense than hot water.

The mass that is gained by heating material is a tiny fraction of the mass the material would have at absolute zero. The material expands millions of times more than the increase of mass.

The continental plates are floating higher on the mantle than the oceanic plates because the continents are less dense. Mountains also rise higher if they are made of less dense rock. So higher elevations don't necessarily mean more mass below you; it may just mean that the continental plate material is lighter and thicker.

The Earth may have originally solidified more uniformly, with all the dense stuff in the middle and only light stuff near the surface. Later, it is widely believed that a Mars-size planet collided with Earth, shattering it into millions of pieces. The pieces then recombined to form today's Earth and the moon. That cataclysm would have ended up with some denser parts near the surface and some lighter parts deep within.
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#### Sprool

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« Reply #27 on: 08/03/2012 12:14:37 »
THere is also geological theory of salt domes - large chambers of less dense rock bouyant in the mantle causing uplift above them, that can explain some apparent disparities between mountain masses and local gravitational field. Sometimes the field is stronger than average, sometimes less, depending on the local geology.