The level of moronity is going off scale. Plate tectonics is driven by convection from heat derived deep in the interior of the Earth.
Long-term climate change could be responsible for moving the Earth’s tectonic plates.
A team of scientists based in Australia, France and Germany has established a link between monsoons in India over the past 10 million years and the motion of the Indian plate.
The scientists have found that, as monsoons in the area increased, the plate moved by almost one centimetre a year.
The researchers say it’s the first time climate change has been recognised as having the potential to influence the motion of tectonic plates.
“It is known that certain geologic events caused by plate motions have the ability to influence climate patterns over a period of a million years,” Dr Giampiero Iaffaldano from the Australian National University said in a statement.
“Now we know that the opposite holds as well.
“Long-term climate change, or the natural changes in climate patterns over millions of years, can modify the motion of plates in a feedback mechanism.”
Dr Iaffaldano said the findings could help to reveal more information about the cause of earthquakes.
“Ultimately, we aim at understanding what caused plate motions to change and which regions are currently more prone to large earthquakes,” he said.
“To that end, we may also have to consider the history of climate over the past million years.”