INDIA - ‘Gravity Hole’ in the Indian Ocean

Arno Froese

There is a “gravity hole” in the Indian Ocean—a spot where Earth’s gravitational pull is weaker, its mass is lower than normal, and the sea level dips by over 328 feet (100 meters). 

This anomaly has puzzled geologists for a long time, but now researchers from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India, have found what they believe is a credible explanation for its formation: plumes of magma coming from deep inside the planet, much like those that lead to the creation of volcanoes. 

To come to this hypothesis, the team used supercomputers to simulate how the area could have formed, going as far back as 140 million years.

Humans are used to thinking about Earth as a perfect sphere, but that’s far from the truth. 

“The Earth is basically a lumpy potato,” said study coauthor Attreyee Ghosh, a geophysicist and associate professor at the Centre for Earth Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science., 24 July 2023

Arno's Commentary

The article starts with a promotion: “Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter.” The word “theory” sticks out, because these so-called “gravity holes” in the Indian Ocean are being heavily criticized by other scientists. Professor Dr. Alessandro Forte of the University of Florida in Gainesville, for example, stated: “The most outstanding problem with the modeling strategy adopted by the authors is that it completely fails to reproduce the powerful mantle dynamic plume that erupted 65 million years ago under the present-day location of Réunion Island.” Dr. Forte continues: “The authors mention that there is a moderate correlation, around 80%, between the predicted and observed geoids, but they don’t provide a more precise measure of how well they match numerically (in the study). This mismatch suggests that there may be some deficiencies in the computer simulation.”

“Ghosh said that not every possible factor can be accounted for in the simulations. ‘That’s because we do not know with absolute precision what the Earth looked like in the past. The farther back in time you go, the less confidence there is in the models. We cannot take into account each and every possible scenario and we also have to accept the fact that there may be some discrepancies on how the plates moved over time,’ she said. ‘But we believe the overall reason for this [geoid] low is quite clear.’”

What is our understanding of this? We have to go back to the original document, the Bible: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31). But sin entered, Paradise was lost, and planet earth changed drastically. Later in history, we read of the dividing of the continents: “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:8). When relying on Holy Scripture, there is no need for “Wonder Theory science.” Planet earth will one day be changed back to the original—not due to any so-called scientific discovery, but because the Creator said so.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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