The Science of Scale (as in Size and Proportion) with Particular Emphases on Climate Change


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When you see something that is built to scale, is it really true to scale? Not really. For example the door handle on a small scale model of a Lamborghini may be in direct proportion to the door per the proportion when measured on a real Lamborghini and even be manufactured with the same metal and paint. However, the molecules of metal and paint are not in direct proportion when compared to the life-size version. This gives the small scale version different properties of strength than the real Lamborghini.



This is the Science of Scale.

Ever noticed that a one foot section of galvanized plumbing pipe cannot practically be bent but a fifty foot section can hardly be prevented from bending? The longer section of pipe has different properties of strength than the shorter version due to the different and larger forces (gravity, for example) acting upon it at it’s larger size.

What does this have to do with a blog that disputes the concept of MMCC? Climate change is studied on a global scale. The measurement of sea level rise Click Here, one of the supposed effects of global warming, is confounded by the variability of the earth’s surface due to subsidence, post-glacial uplift, and earthquakes. It is difficult to imagine that the land surface, usually thought of as being stable and immobile, actually floats around on a sea of more dense rock. It’s the same as the pipe comparison. Given the relative size of the earth, rock has different properties of strength as the size of the mass (of rock) increases.

Time is also a factor. Given a time period of hundreds of thousands to millions of years, the crust of the earth bends and deforms, is subducted and uplifted, at both spatial and temporal scales that are hard to conceive. The larger in scale an object (the earth, for example) becomes, the greater the forces acting upon it; the universe (also, for example) even greater. It is also more and more difficult to conceive, at our (man’s) relative scale. Time, remember, is a term we gave to all of existence, and our way of measuring it, however long that may be.



The pipe mentioned earlier took on a marked change in strength properties over a small change in scale. The diameter of the earth is 7 million times the length of a 6 foot man. How much more of a change would be expected of our perspective over this degree of scale difference. Note also that the scale of time also increases along with the change in scale of size.

The diameter of the earth is 132 times the thickness of the atmosphere. Not a very large scale difference. That is why the atmosphere at the scale of the earth is influenced by the same large forces, providing the variability it has Click Here, and over time. If the earth bends and deforms spatially and temporally, how much more the atmosphere, given it’s relative density.

Theory: As the space and time an object occupies increases, so do the forces acting upon it.



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