Stabilizers on Earth
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a lower melting point compared to the parent basalt in the mantle.
Several complex events occur when oceanic and continental plates collide before a linear mountain is formed.
The cooled magma in the newly created mountain is lighter and of a different composition compared to the parent basalt material of mantle. The cooled magma, containing more white color Silica, becomes Granite and Andesite rocks. This process caused the first island to arise from the ocean floor billions of years ago, at the time the Earth was completely covered with oceans.
“He is the one who created the Heaven and Earth in six days-and His (Earthly) domain was completely covered with water-in order to test you, to distinguish those among you who work righteousness…” (11:7)
The repeat of this process added more land mass to the first island, making our continents. Ocean crust can sink whereas the lighter continental crust remains afloat like a cork on the sea of basalt. Continents are therefore always safe and would never sink into mantle. The lighter granite and andesite will become the flotation device for continents.
“He placed stabilizers (Mountains) on Earth, lest it tumbles with you, as
well as rivers and roads, that you may be guided.” (16:15)
What makes continents float on the mantle is the Plate Tectonics process. Mountains are the byproduct of this process. The Revealer of the Quran described the process—Stabilizers— 1400 years before Geologists discovered it.
“Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the Earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into the existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe?
And we placed on Earth stabilizers lest it tumbles with them, and we placed straight roads therein, that they may be guided.
And we rendered the sky a guarded ceiling. Yet, they are totally oblivious to all the portents there in.” ( 21:30-32)
The fact that Earth’s interior heat is allowed to dissipate from inside of our planet into Trenches (a total of 46,000 miles of trenches has been discovered by now) allows the movement of lighter impurities forced out of the solidifying iron, which is largely responsible for generating the
electric currents in the liquid outer iron core, that are the basis of the Earth’s magnetic field. The magnetic field deflects the streams of charged atomic nuclei and other particles that emanate from the Sun, as well as from deep space. Without this protective shield, the atmosphere would be stripped away from Earth.
The “guarded ceiling” of 21:32 refers to the magnetic field, as well as the Ozone in the atmosphere which blocks the Sun’s harmful Ultra Violet rays.
“Why do they not reflect on the camels and how they are created?
And the sky and how it is raised.
And the mountains and how they are constructed.
And the earth and how it is built.” (88:17-20)
“The Earth and Him who sustains it.” (91:6)
1- “RARE EARTH” book, Chapter 9, by Ward and Brownlee.
2- “Plate Dynamics & Mountain Building”, “The Birth of a Theory & Plate Dynamics” videos from Earth Revealed series, The Annenberg/CPB Collection
3- Quran: Final Testament translated by Dr. R. Khalifa.