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First, not to be boastful but to give you an idea of where I am coming from, I have been a geologist for 35+ years. I am not perfect but this is a subject I am rather clear about.
...the the fluidity of the rocks in the crust, the mantle, etc, has nothing to do with the earth's shape.
The caption for the bottom black and white illustration says it all: Image left: Factors that Affect Earth's Shape: This illustration depicts many of the factors that affect how the Earth's shape changes. They include such as: winds, earthquakes, post-glacial rebound, plate motion, melting of ice, atmospheric pressure and more. Click on image to enlarge. Credit: NASA (NOTE THAT THE ROTATION OF THE EARTH ISN'T MENTIONED. THE MOST IMPORTET ONES ARE)
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin using NASA satellite data found that significant changes in the Earth's shape in the past 28 years may be linked to climate events such as the El Nino weather pattern.
I'm not interested in arguments from authority, real or supposed.
Read this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_bulge [nofollow]
The oceans have almost nothing to do with it.
My money is on Nasa's understanding of the model. The oceans have everything to do with it.Mike
so if its squashed in that way its, Magnetics that puhes out from the north and south which creates a downward force and pushes out the sides. p.s. Thats an egg on its side. I thought it was squashed around the equator. If it is as you say then that in my opinion would explain it. If its not then its what I was thinking before (thats at the moment ofcourse, I'll have a new reason tomorrow no doubt).
It still looks like an egg to me.
well o.k its a spheroid.
The earths a boy and the suns a girl. So tiny blackholes make planets and supermassive blackholes make galaxys. You can test it. Weight somthing after you pick it up, eg. Weight an apple, then hold it for 5 mins and weight it again, it will be heavier the secound time. Because it has more energy in it and gets pulled down harder. Its not 'gravity', its a blackhole.