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"Spread and Growth Tectonics"-- Insights and Excursions, beginning in the year 1979

                                                                       Karl W. Luckert


        Preface to  It is the year 2016, the author’s 82nd. To accommodate the natural flow of time, a reconstruction of this website calls for a sequential arrangement. Most fresh insights that can be hoped for in the course of a life-time probably have already dawned on this man and, surely, many have gotten successfully forgotten by him. Therefore, to spare posterity the toils of having to rake through a heap of unlinked fragments -- and to render cause-and-effect relationships more visible – a sequential presentation appears to offer the most practical frame of reference. Knowledge, like rainwater in a mountain stream, flows downhill to become more tranquil as it ages and slowly winds itself toward the larger sea.

        The subject matter of "Spread and Growth Tectonics" is best contemplated as a process, as an ever-changing stream of questions and of tentative answers. There are no dogmas here that need to be defended. At the end of each sentence there is room for a question mark. Most of our controversial ontologies transform themselves, naturally, into knitted nests of words -- of speech-symbols that during certain periods of our lives sustain hopes for certainty. As a reader of these lines you are entitled to add the same kind of decorative question marks which I myself have been adding, habitually, to the maxims of my elders and teachers. Every cloud that has floated over our heads, since the days of our youth, has tried to twist itself into the shape of a meaningful question mark. There appear to be more swirls and curves in this universe than there are straight lines which would be suited to be remodeled into exclamation marks. 



2016  Portland, Oregon. Spread and Growth Tectonics: The Eocene Transition. Xvi plus 158 pages, is my most recent publication on the subject matter of Earth Expansion.  
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for the Preface of the book, and its Epilogue.
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Statememts in blue indicate hyperlinks to excerpts, commentary, or videos. For a description of subject matter, as presently seen by this author, please read these bibliographic entries from top down. To see the evolution of his thought, you may read this same menu “archaeologically,” from the bottom up.

The 2016 publication, exhibited here, represents my most recent thinking on the subject of “Spread and Growth Tectonics.” The book is in circulation and can be found at the open market. An invitation, to present a lecture in Hamburg during June of 2015, has challenged me to revise my somewhat dated essay of sixteen years prior, titled “Planet Earth Expanding and the Eocene Tectonic Event.”  You may retrieve this essay below (tr-pe99) listed for the year 1999.

2004  The NCGT Conference at Urbino, Italy, (“New Concepts in Global Tectonics”) was convened  on August 28, 2004. I prepared to attend. But after it became obvious that no video projectors would be available there, I mailed 50 DVD’s of the video to take my place, to be distributed among the participants.

2004 Urbino Video: "Four Theories of Earth Expansion and the Eocene Tectonic Event" [33:16]
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Please consider the following limitation: All videos, illustrating probable expansion sequences of planet Earth, do contain faulty picture animations. For doubtful instances, please consult my most recent statements in the 2016 book, mentioned above. All movements happened more tightly than I was able to illustrate by video animation.

Click here for the Urbino 2004 Video-Script:  Four Theories of Earth Expansion and the Eocene Event.  tr-urban   (Ctrl + Click)

2003   Plate expansion tectonics – continental contours, area budgets, magnetic stripes, and patterns of continental  cohesion.” Pages 357-361, in Giancarlo Scalera and Karl-Heinz Jacob, editors. Why Expanding Earth? A book in honor of Ott Christoph Hilgenberg. Technische Universitaet Berlin and Instituto Nazionale die Geophysica e Vulcanologia, Roma.

2003  NCGT Conference, Theuern, Germany. I was invited to this symposium a year earlier, during the conference at La Junta, Colorado. This advance notice allowed me to make my presentation bilingual. It also enabled me to include materials filmed during the La Junta conference, in Colorado.

<<Theuern Video—Deutsch, Platten-Tektonik ist Expansions-Tektonik: Youtube [1:01:33]>>  (Ctrl + Click)
Published on Sep 30, 2016.--  Betreffs allen seinen 2003 bis 2004 Versuchen, betreffs der Antarktis, haelt der Autor seine Animierungen als ungenuegend. Der wirkliche Vorgang geschah
enger. Der “kleine Zusammenstoss" der Antarktis mit dem Kap von Suedamerika, den er erwaent hatte war anscheinend falsch. Vergleiche dazu die Aenderung in seinem 2016 Buch,
Spread and Growth Tectonics, the Eocene Transition

Theuern Dreh-Skript--Deutsch.  tr-th-ge  (Ctrl + Click)  

Theuern Video--English,  Plate Tectonics is Expansion-Tectonics: Youtube  [58:12]   (Ctrl + Click)

Published on Sep 30, 2016.--  For all his 2003 and 2004 videos, on Earth Expansion, regarding Antarctica, the author considers his animation technique to have been unsatisfactory. The
real process happened much tighter than could be shown. His suggested "small collision" with South America was probably wrong. See his updates, in his 2016 book "Spread and Growth

Theuern Video-Script--English. trthenman (Ctrl + Click)


2002  La Junta Reflections and Presentation: "New Concepts in Global Tectonics" Conference (NCGT) at La Junta, Colorado, tr-lajun  (Ctrl + Click)

1999 Planet Earth Expanding and the Eocene Tectonic Event: Paradigm Shift toward Expansion Tectonics, (78 pages)  tr-pe99  
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Springfield, Missouri, Lufa Studio, and This publication is superseded by its expanded revision, a 2016 book.     

1998  Tsukuba, Japan.

"From Ocean Floor Chronology to Expansion Tectonics," a presentation at the International Symposium on New Concepts in Global Tectonics (NCGT), November 20-23, Tsukuba, Japan. I was alerted to this event by Klaus Vogel.

1997  Yinchuan, China.

“The Planet Earth is Expanding," an essay translated into Chinese, in the Journal of Ningxia University, vol. 19, 2. Num. 74, pp. 75-96. Most of my research in China pertained to the history and evolution of religions in China. The present general article was published in the University Journal as a result of some sporadic interest there.

1996   Warsaw, Poland.
There is significant interest in the subject of “Earth Expansion” in Poland. I was invited by the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the University of Warsaw, to give a lecture at the Royal Castle, in June of 1996. I played an early version of a video -- on the formation of oceans, the formation of mountains and my story of discovery. This video was recorded on VHS tape and is now obsolescent.

1996   Athens, Greece. "A Unified Theory of Earth Expansion, Pacific Evacuation and Orogenesis."  tr-athen  (Ctrl + Click)
Summary Statement of an essay in Theophrastus' Contributions to Advanced Studies in Geology. Athens, Greece: Theophrastus Publications S.A., pp. 61-73. Click here to see a summary statement about this essay.  A figure from this 1996 essay has been reproduced on page 33, of the 2016 book titled Spread and Growth Tectonics…, mentioned above.

1979  Mother Earth Once Was a Girl: a Scientific Theory on the Expansion of Planet Earth (16 pages).  tr-meow  (Ctrl + Click)    Museum of Northern Arizona Press, Flagstaff, Arizona.
This first publication is included here essentially for historical context. You may nevertheless wish to note the author’s earliest positioning of Australia and Antarctica in relation to South America, and to the Pacific, on page 7. His first globe reduction-sketch of 1979 was done before he ever heard of anyone who might have reduced a globe. It was painted onto a plastic playball from a toy store, which measured approximately 55% the diameter of a standard 12-inch globe. The smaller sphere accommodated all the continents of the standard globe. Apportionments, in 1979, were based on approximations of continental areas and contours. At the time he also knew nothing yet of magnetic "isochrones" that could be used to guide his ocean-map reductions. But even working within these limits and approximations, there never was room available to place a wandering India down south, as Alfred Wegener had attempted.