Heavier or lighter? Experts explain what happens to the weight of the planet

Amman Today

publish date 2021-09-17 19:40:01

People mostly talk about the area of ​​the Earth, among many other characteristics, but they rarely refer to the weight of the planet, and whether it is getting heavier over time, or if it is getting lighter.

According to the British newspaper, “The Telegraph”, the planet captures approximately 500 tons of dust and meteorites, every day, while orbiting in space.

Over the course of 4 billion years, the age of the Earth was formed, the planet picked up an amount of 16 “million million million” tons of dust and stones.

The source explained that this captured amount of dust and stones represents only less than 1 percent of the total mass of the planet.

Experts believe that the weight of the planet will increase, with a mass ranging between 30 thousand and 100 thousand tons per year.

Gravity on the planet plays an important role in capturing dust and meteorites that revolve in space.

But the Earth not only increases weight, as a result of what it picks up during its existence and rotation in space, but also loses weight due to other factors.

The Earth loses weight, due to the use and burning of energy in the interior of the planet, and weight loss also occurs when hydrogen and helium are removed from the atmosphere.

It is estimated that the planet loses up to 100 tons per year, as a result of the mentioned factors.

These numbers of weight gain and loss may seem enormous, at first glance, but they become very marginal and small when compared to the total weight of the Earth.

And many may think that the buildings and towers that humans erect, leads to an increase in weight on the ground, and here experts explain that our activities do not change, because the materials we use in construction, such as iron and cement, are already present on the ground, and therefore, we only change its shape or We manufacture them.

On the other hand, the increase in population does not affect the weight of the Earth, because the human makeup contains substances that are pre-existing on the planet, and therefore, the increase is completely natural.

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