Why Earthquakes Are Earth’s Heartbeat

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By Mario Buildreps

All ancient cultures believed that Earth is a living organism. We seemed to have lost this idea. But if Earth is indeed a living organism it could have a heartbeat. Is there any evidence to find which supports this idea? Yes, it seems so.

Life Produces Life

Some people feel intuitively that Earth is a living being. Say for yourself, how can something which is dead sustain life? Wouldn’t that violate all logic? Many native peoples, like the Indians and the Aboriginals knew that Earth is a living organism. It appears as the years go by, and fundamental science progresses, we discover that most of what the natives had to say was actually true.

Opponents of that idea would argue that if we would travel to Mars, and grow plants on board of a spaceship, these plants would grow as well? After all a spaceship is a dead thing. If that would actually work, which we yet don’t know for sure, this plant life would be sustained by us, living beings, only with this difference that we’ve outsourced our care with technology which we’ve invented for that specific purpose.

These artificial plants will most probably be unable to reproduce themselves, i.e not able to produce fertile seeds, due to the genetic modifications to get these plants to grow in an artificial environment in the first place.

And one of the elementary key features of life is reproduction (note: the Moon is an offspring of the Earth). It could mean that artificial plants on board of a spaceship wouldn’t meet all requirements to be called alive. Maybe an interesting topic for a debate.

The basic argument is that something which is completely dead cannot sustain life. It’s hard to believe the Earth is not alive, and I will show you why it is alive with mathematics.

Earth and the Gaia Theory

The Gaia theory of James Lovelock proposes that organisms like plants, bacteria, animals, fish, etcetera form together with the inorganic substances a self-regulating system. All parts in this system work together to maintain the habitability on Earth.

All lifeforms on Earth are considered to be part of one single living planetary being, called Gaia.

The energy produced by the Sun, for example, has increased with 30% since the Earth is believed to be formed 4.5 billion years ago, but the temperature on Earth didn’t seem to have risen with 30%. How did Earth manage to keep its temperature steady? There must a very complex, active feedback loop at work on Earth, through an interactive collaboration between all organic life which includes the Earth itself.

What follows from the Gaia theory is that if Earth would work together with all the organisms on it, the Earth would be an intelligent organism itself. Like already said, how can a dead thing sustain life, and have an active feedback system?

The question is: if Earth is an organism, does it have a heartbeat?

Heartbeat in Relation to the Size of Animals

The heart rates of animals depend of their size, weight, and metabolism. This all boils down to basically the same thing: small animals have high metabolisms and low weight, and large animals have low metabolisms and high weight.

That results into a distinct relation between two characteristics weight andheart rate.

If Earth is a living organism, it could have a heartbeat. If so, at which frequency would it beat?

Heart Rates From Small to Large

Organism
Average Weight (Kg)
Average Heart Rate (beats per minute)
Mouse
0.025
670
Chick
0.05
400
Hamster
0.06
450
Rat
0.2
420
Rabbit
1
205
Rabbit 2
2
205
Chicken
1.5
275
Cat
3
120
Small dog
3.5
100
Medium dog
5
90
Monkey
5
192
Large dog
30
75
Human
80
65
Pig
150
60
Horse
800
40
Elephant
5,000
25
Blue Whale
125,000
8

 Graphical Representation

Fig. 4: Relation between weights and heart rates. Note: both X and Y-axis are logarithmic, which results into a straight line.

What Happens If We Extrapolate That Line?

The formula which is derived from the graph above can be used to calculate Earth’s theoretical heart rate.

  • heart rate (n/min) = 213.7 × weight(kg)-0.271

The Earth weighs 5.97×1024 kg. When we perform the math correctly it results in 1 beat per 42.2 years.

When we round that number to an integer according to the rounding rules we end up with: 42. Many people believe there is something magical with the number 42.

Some say that 42 is the ultimate number of the universe and the answer to everything. If that is really true will remain the question. Of all possible numbers we ended up with this number as the heart rate of Mother Earth, based on the heart rates of the organisms that live on it. An interesting observation and so a good reason to look deeper…

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