Why is the Center of the Earth so Hot?


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Dec21-09, 11:54 PM
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Objects above absolute zero contain internal energy. Calling this internal energy "internal heat energy" is a misnomer. This phraseology recalls the long-falsified phlogiston and caloric theories of heat. Objects do not contain "heat".
I don't think of heat as phlogiston nor caloric. But I do think of objects containing heat, which is an energy, and a function of temperature for a given substance of a given density and phase.

What is wrong with this thinking?
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Feb2-11, 12:18 AM
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One of you fellows got the answer correct. Friction. It is well known that the Earth's axis has a wobble which shifts the entire mass of the Earth each day. In effect the wobble causes a shaking of the Earth's mass which keeps the crust flexing resulting in earth quakes and volcanoes and the generation of heat. Ok?

One can speculate on changing of the poles, ancient shifting of Mars and Venus, pressure of all that weight, and one will grow old speculating, die and pass such speculation on the the next generation who will grow old and .........................
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One of you fellows got the answer correct. Friction. It is well known that the Earth's axis has a wobble which shifts the entire mass of the Earth each day. In effect the wobble causes a shaking of the Earth's mass which keeps the crust flexing resulting in earth quakes and volcanoes and the generation of heat. Ok?
Nope. Not OK until you back up your claim, as someone already asked you to do when you posted the same thing earlier in this thread. Without evidence, you seem to be merely guessing. Gravitational heating sounds more plausible to me.
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One of you fellows got the answer correct. Friction. It is well known that the Earth's axis has a wobble which shifts the entire mass of the Earth each day. In effect the wobble causes a shaking of the Earth's mass which keeps the crust flexing resulting in earth quakes and volcanoes and the generation of heat. Ok?

One can speculate on changing of the poles, ancient shifting of Mars and Venus, pressure of all that weight, and one will grow old speculating, die and pass such speculation on the the next generation who will grow old and .........................
You've made 2 posts in 2 years, both identical and neither with evidence to back up your claims.
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If we go with the theory that the earth is cooling, then why couldn't the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth be real? Most people will say it's impossible, but since the discovery of other galaxies, who is to say that anything is impossible?
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If we go with the theory that the earth is cooling, then why couldn't the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth be real? Most people will say it's impossible, but since the discovery of other galaxies, who is to say that anything is impossible?
Getting to the center of the Earth is not theoretically impossible, it is simply impossible to do given todays technology. The vast majority of the details in the book are simply fiction for a good story and have no relevance to real life.
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Thank you, but then again, with todays technology shouldn't it be easier to get to the centre of the earth. If we could we could actually have proof of why the centre of the earth is so hot and who's to say there isn't a granite shaft that may block out the central heating of the world, making it possible to enter the centre of the earth?
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Thank you, but then again, with todays technology shouldn't it be easier to get to the centre of the earth. If we could we could actually have proof of why the centre of the earth is so hot and who's to say there isn't a granite shaft that may block out the central heating of the world, making it possible to enter the centre of the earth?
Granite is formed from magma, which is molten rock. The shaft would melt long before it got close to the center of the Earth. Not only that, there is immense pressure building up as you get further underground, so the shaft would never be able to hold up.
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Thank you, but then again, with todays technology shouldn't it be easier to get to the centre of the earth. If we could we could actually have proof of why the centre of the earth is so hot and who's to say there isn't a granite shaft that may block out the central heating of the world, making it possible to enter the centre of the earth?
This is absolute nonsense.


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