SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Science fiction sometimes foreshadows science fact. Remember the movie Forbidden Planet and the Martian epic Total Recall? Each had within their planets powerful alien-built reactors. The evidence continues to build that Earth contains a powerful nuclear fission reactor at its center, not made by aliens or humans, but by Mother Nature. J. Marvin Herndon presents the scientific basis, evidence and implications accumulated over the past 20 years in a comprehensive review article published in Current Science.
December, 1938: Nuclear fission, the splitting of uranium atoms, was discovered in Nazi Germany. With the clouds of war gathering over Europe, efforts were focused on nuclear weapon potential, and after the war on nuclear power production. The possibility of nuclear fission chain reactions occurring in nature was broached by few. In 1993, 21 years after the discovery of the fossil remains of a natural nuclear reactor in a uranium mine in Western Africa, J. Marvin Herndon published the feasibility of a nuclear fission reactor at Earth's center, now called the georeactor, as the energy source for the geomagnetic field. Herndon reviews the discoveries that led to that advance and to the subsequent step-by-step understanding that fulfilled the necessary conditions and evidence for its existence. His approach is holistic, embracing multiple disciplines, including, for example, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, mineralogy and metallurgy.
Herndon first only envisioned the georeactor as an energy source. He later realized its potential as the mechanism for the production of the Earth's magnetic field by dynamo action, and as the heat source for "hotspots" such as underlies Hawaii and Iceland, as evidenced by helium trapped in volcanic lava. Calculations conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory showed that georeactor fission products would include helium in precisely the range of compositions observed exiting Earth in volcanic lava. Those helium compositions are sometimes observed in lava associated with seismic-imaged heat conduits extending to the top of the Earth's core.
The geomagnetic field shields Earth from the Sun's relentless million-degree plasma bombardment. From time to time in the past, the polarity of the Earth's magnetic field reversed. The last reversal took place about 700,000 years ago. While generally self-regulated, massive Earth trauma or super-intense solar-outbursts can in principle interrupt georeactor operation causing geomagnetic reversals. Because georeactor mass is less than one ten-millionth that of the core, reversals can occur quickly, in as little time as a matter of months. Herndon cites published evidence from rock magnetism studies of just such rapid geomagnetic field change in the past.
Herndon concludes his review by considering the perspectives, what can be done to further verify georeactor existence, for example, specific improvements to geoneutrino investigations, and to learn when it will have consumed all of its uranium fuel thus bringing to an end our protective geomagnetic field.
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