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The Elemental Earth - the "Geosphere"

The ancients traditionally interpreted the nature of the world as consisting of four or five basic substances, called "elements" in Greek thought and "states of change" in the more dynamic Chinese system.  Although the elements of pre-scientific intuitive metaphysics are not the same as the elements of modern chemistry, they do convey the basic dynamic states of familiar matter.

Using the metaphor of the Greek elements (the Indian and Chinese are a  little different) the Elemental Earth could be considered as consisting of

"Ether" Exosphere Magnetosphere
Exosphere
Thermosphere.
Air Atmosphere Mesosphere
Sratosphere
Troposphere
Water Hydrosphere Surface water
Oceans
Earth Geosphere Lithosphere
Fire Asthenosphere 
Inner Mantle 
Outer Core 
Inner Core


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content by M.Alan Kazlev
page uploaded 22 October 1998, last modified 19 August 2004