Expansion Tectonics postulates that the Earth has grown from a much smaller orb over its history, the size once being as low as 1/4 of today's radius at the extreme (more common estimates are around 60% of today's radius). Scientists have also long speculated as to the source of Earth's water, estimated today to be anywhere from 1.5 to 11 times the current volume of the oceans, with a rough agreement around three times today's ocean volume (implying 2/3 today is "within" the Earth). This paper examines some of the implications of Expansion Tectonics in conjunction with a total water volume three times today's ocean volume, with neither an increase in Earth's mass or water volume over time. Speculation at two extremes range from an early "saturated sponge" Earth, where all this water was retained within the Earth, with essentially none at the surface (the more common postulate of Expansion Tectonics) to a complete "waterworld," where all of the water was atop the surface, i.e., none within.
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