Abstract

MECHANICS OF A HYPOTHETICAL HAIL RING TO LOWER THE LEVEL OF THE OCEAN

BY A. H. FRETZ

The near approach of a sizable heavenly body to the earth could by tidal disruption raise spirally water from the ocean into a “hail ring” and so lower the level of the water.

While the ocean is lowered about 9000 feet, submarine canyons would be cut by running water. The weight of the water so lifted is of the order of 1¼ quintillion tons, and the unloading is unequally distributed over the surface of the earth.

The lifted water assumes the configuration of a chain link or a “hail ring”. The “ring” can be nearly circumpolar instead of equatorial. Applying the inverse of Roche’s Law, the limit of withdrawal is about 34,000 miles. By selecting suitable dimensions, outer radius 32,000 miles, inner radius 12,000 miles, and a width of 200 miles, the hail . . .

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