chance> "Heat Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Rapid changes like you proposed would, I think, cause rock to melt rather than mould.
Speed Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Quickly bending rock would cause it to shatter and fragment, rather than bend.
Various areas of continents have been submerged, dry, and submerged again."
crystaleaglesprings> Which rapid changes are you referring to? The canopy falling would cause heat to be released yes at the gas turned back to a liquid, and yes the rock would be hot from the water shooting up from the subterranian water chambers, but hardly enough to melt the rock I wouldn't think.
chance> "What prevents the water from squeezing out from under it at the edge of the continental shelf, do you propose the continent has a water tight skirt?"
crystaleaglesprings> Imagine a spherical shell of water beneath a layer of continental crust, probably very thin. Beneath that would be oceanic crust.
In your original post you provided a link to Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Hydroplate Theory
by Dr. Walt BrownÃ¢â‚¬Â stated that the continents would be moving and creating the mountain ranges post Noachian flood. I was under the impression that it was rock against rock, but apparently not. A re-read shows that there was a spherical global shell of free water 16 Klm deep and 1 klm thick. Which has itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own problems.
I am having a very hard time trying to imagine such a geologic structure, currently crude oil and subterranean water is not actually a big hollow filled with liquid, rather the fluid is permeated through a porus rock. Sort of like a hard sponge underground.
For a subterranean spherical cavity to exist, I would expect the required strength of mantle above the water to be so strong to prevent collapse that no material artificial or synthetic exists. If it did exist could it be broken.
But by far the biggest problem is the moon.
Problem 1 - if the entire surface is Ã¢â‚¬ËœfloatingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ it will behave much like the oceans and respond to the gravitational pull of the moon. As the surface super continent is very much lighter than the remaining bulk of the earth is will attempt to lock gravitationally with the moon. You would then have the outer surface rotating slower than the core, the forces in the water would be unimaginable and erosion would be intense, the water would become superheated. I leave it to your imagination for the result.
Problem 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if we do not consider heat problems, a free floating shell will be pulled in the direction of the moon, the water will slide away quite freely and the outer and inner layers should meet! The consequences of this require not only the mantle be super strong, watertight, but must now be flexible (and preferably low friction)! Something like a shell of homogeneous diamond with the flexibility of spring steel comes to mind.
Problem 3 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ If a porous rock was introduced to solve slippage problems, it would be pulverised in very short order. Even if one were to consider continental sized bridges 1 klm thick between the inner and outer layers I suspect the forces would concentrate at the edges and like the weakest link in a chain would fail one by one.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure there are more problems but that will suffice for now.
And by the way, I just wanted to say thank you Chance for being a much more polite and professional debater than some others I know of.
Thanks for the compliment. Even if we are opposed philosophically, there is no reason not to be civilised to one another, after all, manners cost nothing.