THE "SAFE, CONSERVATIVE" VERSION OF
BEN'S ANTIPODAL IMPACT THEORY
Section I of this book will
examine a "safe, conservative" version of Ben's Antipodal Impact Theory. This
version offers a limited scope that can directly challenge the Standard
Theory's view of contemporaneous mantle plumes at or near the antipode of large
The Standard Theory says that contemporaneous impacts and
mantle plumes do not happen. Ben's Antipodal Impact Theory says that they do.
Section I will also present much of the background needed for an
understanding of Section II of this book, which is more speculative. Section II
will expand upon this limited scope, offering mechanisms for the formation of
continental tectonic plates at the antipode of really large impacts. Examples
will include the formation of Siberia, Western Antarctica, Eastern North
America, South America and India.
Section I will conclude with a
summary and analysis of the differences between the "safe, conservative"
version of Ben's Antipodal Impact Theory and the Standard Theory. This summary
and analysis will present a succinct overview of the reasons why the "safe,
conservative" version of Ben's Antipodal Impact Theory fits the facts better
than does the Standard Theory, when it comes to antipodal volcanism.