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Small Comets, Dr Louis Frank, & Water in Space
I have really been trying to find out as much information as I can about the theory that the earth is being constantly bombarded by small comets, so much so, that the water lever is increasing by up to 1 inch every 20,000 years. That's a lot of water coming in!

I have run into a bit of a wall at about 2000, and have not been able to find any more on the subject within the last 5 or 6 years.

Does anyone here have any idea as to how this is shaking out? Here is what I wrote on several science forums lately, but I have not gotten any real hits yet.

This is a most intriguing subject, and has HUGE implications for space exploration and cononization. Here is what I wrote.

Quote:Lately, I have become quite interested in how the astronomy field has begun to determine that water can be found almost anywhere. And since it is the second most common molecule in the galaxy, at least here, I became intrigued with how it gets around so easily.

This brings me to Dr Louis Frank, from the University of Iowa. Since the late 80s, he and some others have stated that they believe the presence of small comets are continually entering the earth's high atmosphere and seeding our planet with enough water to raise the level of water one inch every 20,000 years.

There is quite a bit of information on the internet about this, but strangely, around 2000, the information comes to a halt. Not only that, but is seems that it is not entirely an accepted theory among the science community.

This speech by Dr Frank, in 1999, seems to suggest that the debate is closed, yet I simply cannot find anything else since 2000.

Does anyone have any more links, or information on this intriguing concept. I am inclined to agree with this theory, but I am a bit skeptical in concurring with the total number of small comets hitting the earth's atmosphere on a daily basis, as Dr Frank believes.

The reason why this is important is that should there be so many small comets whirling around the solar system, traveling from one point to another, it could be quite dangerous. The odds of hitting one of these would be high. However, with that much water floating around, we would have no trouble finding enough to sustain us.

Anyone know about this?
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1 inch every 20,000 years

-- this is huge. So either this is totally wrong (as I suspect), or there is a mechanism that compensates for it.
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One of the things that I have always been fascinated about is the science of how stars and their satellite companions have led to the formation of terrestrial planets.  I've always been a Sci-Fi fan too, so this has been a part of my thinking since high school.  

Most people don't really think much about this, but I've always believed that even though 'Oxygen' is a distant third of all elements, it never tends to exist in a free state a single atom.  It always seems to appear in the stable molecule of O2, which makes it far easier for the second most common element, Hydrogen, to automatically lock onto those O2 molecules, which automatically result in, you guessed it.   S22

We we now have further proof that H2O is far more common than previously thought.  We've known that water existed on the moon, but now we have proof that it is probably in all of the lower elevations on the moon, and in great quantities.  In other words, the lunar oceans that we know existed there are almost certainly there, but just covered with lunar dust.  

One other thought.  All of these impactors that are hitting lunar surfaces and showing water in the collision.  How many of those impactors themselves are actually made up of ice.

Meteor Showers Hitting the Moon Reveal Underground Water

Water Released from Moon During Meteor Showers

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All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
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You don't have that problem if you recognize that the earth is no more than 12,000 years old, as I maintain the vast preponderance of the physical evidence actually indicates.

Mars also is believed to have once had vast oceans--which probably drained into vast caverns, producing the huge Mariner Valley--which if it existed on earth, would be like a super grand canyon, reaching from the east coast to the west coast of the USA, and five miles deep. That is where on Mars we should explore first--and if the entrances to those caverns are located, they should be explored in depth! Air pressure could be great enough to support life some 10 to 20 miles beneath the Martian surface.

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