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Earthquakes near Langanes of Northeast Iceland

December 15th 2022 an earthquake swarm appeared out of Langanes at Bakkaflóadjúp near the Northeast coast of Iceland. Some 40 years ago earthquakes were also measured there. The earthquakes occur exactly on the line for the main division between large scale convection rolls as they extend all the way from equator. Not many words are needed to explain this, just two simple drawings, one from the National Met Office, and one map with the main division drawn on it, map base from National Land Survey of Iceland.

Location of earthquakes.
The division line of lower mantle.

There are actually two layers represented with this line, one is the eastern side of the convection roll which creates the Reykjanes Ridge. That convection roll is then subducted by the northern more rolls, so it is found at considreable depthe at these latitudes of the earthquake area. But the same is true for the large scale structures of the lower mantle, and effect from there are expected to take part in triggering these earthquakes. The large scale rolls intersect each other, the equatorial roll being subducted, and the lower mantle division line is therefore found near the boundary between mantle and core.

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What do the Three Famous Rivers, Amazon, Nile and Mississippi have in Common?

The three rivers estuaries are all 60° apart, coinciding with the convection rolls system. A river flows on the surface, so how does it connect with the mantle? The answar is that water is the best geologist. It always finds the weakest spots, wherever they are, in order to make a path to flow along. The annual isostatic fluctuation at these estuaries is of global geophysical scale, especially for Amazon with 8 cm vertical movement of the crust every year.

The convection rolls exist because heat must constantly leave the inner part of the Earth. It has been shown with experiments that mantle material heated so that it starts convecting, and not made accelerating any further than that, does form convection rolls. It is logical that exactly those conditions prevail inside the Earth. These rolls have to extend from equator and sway in a regular way. The weather system and the ocean current system form curved paths as they move along, and so does the mantle. The theory fits everywhere, no one can deny it. And here we have one more manefistation. The three estuaries are all 60° apart as compared with the relevant central point on the 32nd parallel, of a circular path revealing the division lines between the main convection rolls of the lower mantle. It is even so that Mississippi and Nile are very clearly 120° apart, because the estuaries happen to be very close to the critical 32nd parallel, one flowing from the north, the other from the south.

In the drawing, the main upwelling lines of large scale lower mantle rolls are shown, and the relevant backflow lines of horizontal flow. These black lines are only relevant for the upper mantle, and in a way also for the core. The effect of those lines is so big that they are responsible for the location of all those three rivers. Newly, BBC made a TV series about exactly these three rivers. They are very special.

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Similarities between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

At first sight, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans look different, but at equator they are geologically identical. Both cover 60° along the equatorial line, and both have a mid-ocean ridge as a central point.

Similarities between Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Let us start with the Amazon Estuary, a point exactly on the equatorial line. The flow of water is of geological scale, and the annual isostatically vertical movement is measured to be 8 centimeters a year. It is understandable that this water flow does search out a weakness of the crust for reaching out to the ocean. 30° farther east, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge crosses the equator line, being almost aligned directly east-west over considerable distance. Then the ridge makes a sharp turn towards the south, and keeps that alignment within the south hemisphere. 30° farther east, we find the African West Coast, at the coastal line which most clearly appeared as a jigsaw puzzle line fitting to the coast of S-America. Then, 30° farther east, the Great Rift Valley of Africa is clearly found above some main division underneath, pulling the ground, bringing geothermal and volcanic activity to the surface. Then, 30° farther east, the Central Indian Ridge crosses the equatorial line, and at the same spot makes a turn directly southwards, in a similar way as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Then, 30° farther east, does the Sumatran Subduction Zone cross the equatorial line. It is a coastal point as well, at the small islands found close to the coast of Sumatra.

Comparing the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean does therefore make some sense. The tectonic drift is constantly altering the appearance of the oceans and continents, and comparing the Amazon Estuary with the Great Rift Valley, the Central Indian Ridge with the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and the African West Coast with the Sumatran Subduction Zone, might sound absurd at first, but these are all spots found 30° away from each other along the most prominent single line on Earth -equator.

Some information can be found here: Amazon – https://www.scielo.br/j/bjgeo/a/JMM96kwnm8NwRpjMbgbrsYD/?lang=en, Great Rift Valley – https://www.cbsd.org/cms/lib/PA01916442/Centricity/Domain/1803/Great%20Rift%20Valley.pdf

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Similarities between Fagradalsfjall eruptions 2021-2022 and Surtsey eruptions 1963-1967

Fagradalsfjall and Surtsey are tuyas, and the eruptions and magma composition are different from all other eruptions which have occurred in Iceland recently. This time it could be studied thoroughly at Fagradalsfjall, how relatively primitive magma rose from mantle to surface. But for me it was intriguing that the two spots, where magma rose up from down below to form a dyke feeding the volcanic sites, are at exactly parallel locations according to the convection rolls model. The two red spots roughly indicate the two locations:

The dyke feeding origins of Fagradalsfjall and Surtsey marked with red dots.

The dykes formed are heavier than the surrounding rock, and therefore each eruption adds to the average specific weight of rock within a given area. The eruptions took place in line with the V-shaped ridges, which are gravity anomalies, aligned askew compared with the tectonic drift creating magnetic anomalies rather uniformly at each side of the Reykjanes Ridge. The formation of V-shaped ridges, not found in conformity with tectonic drift, is poorly understood. But they can be explained referring to these two eruptions. On the Reykjanes Peninsula, earthquake faults are found in a swayed pattern approaching the Reykjanes Ridge in the same way as the V-shaped ridges. These earthquake faults also create the final weakness the magma makes use of to make it up through the crust. As the dykes add to specific gravity, and the V-shaped ridges are gravity anomalies, and the formation of the faults coincides with the V-shaped ridges, I really would like to suggest that V-shaped ridges are actually a manifestation of a row of magma filled faults. It is really a temptation here to add quod erat demonstrandum. The dykes are also stronger than the surroundings, and should add to the local height of the sea bottom, withstanding erosion better than ordinary lava.

The symmetry of Iceland compared to the Reykjanes Ridge, V-shaped ridges is culminated by the elliptical plateau on which the country is located. The theoretical continuation of the Reykjanes ridge does cross the exact central point of the elliptical plateau, as it can be traced mathematically. Therefore, a similar mechanism at both sides of the Reykjanes Ridge can be expected, leading to parallel formations at both sides of it.

Talking about symmetry, it is facinating how those two eruptions occur geologically almost simultaneously, resembling each other so closely. The polygon of the Vestmanna Islands and Reykjanes Peninsula must have an identical pattern of earthquake faults. This should be detectable, and is therefore a theory that can be tested.

The idea that V-shaped ridges are correlated with volcanic zones is not new, though, as described in this paper: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228737092_Propagating_rift_model_for_the_V-shaped_ridges_south_of_Iceland

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The Resemblance between the Tectonic Equator and the Convection Rolls System

When GPS was used to measure tectonic drift, the tectonic equator appeared.

The tectonic equator as shown in the article Polarized Plate Tectonics: https://www.academia.edu/27563994/Polarized_Plate_Tectonics?email_work_card=title

This tectonic equator, as described by the GPS Nasa database, does cross the rotational equator at two locations, and the most intriguing point is at the Great Rift Valley of Africa. The alignment of the tectonic equator follows that of the convection rolls, being about N65°W. The two equatorial lines of rotation and tectonics then cross each other again 120° farther to the east in the Pacific Ocean.

The tectocic equator as described by the GPS Nasa database, shown with a blue line. Main lines of Convection Rolls System shown, clearly matching with the measured path of the tectonic equator.

The southern half of the tectonic equator covers 240°, twice that of the northern half, mainly because its curvature is enlongated over the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Rise fits into that pattern, being the starting point of the Pacific Plate, extending over to the Asian coast.

One aspect of the tectonic equator is the fact that it reaches the limits of 32°N and 32°S. The latitudes of 32° include the central points of the mathematically circular shape of the convection rolls, and therefore the alignment there is exactly N-S. All of this follows the mathematics of the sphere, or more precisely, the geoid.

What is not considered here in context with the tectonic equator, is the rotation of North America. It rotates in a similar way as the African-Eurasian complex, but with a smaller radius, apparently only equivalent to 90° along equator, not 120°.

I can point out this consistency, the exact driving mechanism of convection rolls leading to the tectonic drift is a bit complex to derive and explain. But with the Convection Rolls Model derived and the exact information about tectonic drift vectors, the functions can easily be modelled and understood. The same consistency between convection rolls alignment and tectonic drift vectors is found in NW and NE Iceland, indicating the functionality of convection rolls at these locations.