The eastern half of Australia and New Zealand benefit from this plate movement, lifting up as India is plunged under the Himalayas. Thus, even with the rising seas from melting poles, the mountains in eastern Australia and New Zealand will afford safe living areas.
Due to its attachment to the plate including India, the continent of Australia will both suffer and benefit from the coming pole shift. During those moments when the Earthís crust stops moving, after having been dragged along with the core during the pole shift, the western half of Australia will suddenly go under the waves.
This will seem, to the stunned
residents, as though a tidal wave were steadily moving inland, and
where the crest of the wave will not at first be high, the waters
will just keep rising until all not afloat are drown. Those in boats
may survive, though there is risk of capsizing, and they will find
themselves out at sea and the washing about that will occur
The Cape York Peninsula on Australia is vulnerable from several angles during the pole shift.
Going beyond these matters, however,
those who do settle there after the shift will find easy access to
ocean fishing and an agreeable climate.
Where the highlands in the eastern half of Australia will remain above water during the shift and after the polar melt, and will stretch along the new equator, survivors will find their life affected by which end of these highlands they are situated upon.
The current will flow toward the former Antarctica pole, and no inhabited lands lie in that direction, and thus Australia will seem like a last hope to cling to for those in boats. Those in the Queensland province will find the current, flowing as it does today in an easterly direction, coming toward them from the countries of Indonesia and Java where survivors often have the their islands melting under them as the seas rise from the melting poles.
In addition, survivors afloat when the
shift and ocean sloshing stops will find the current carrying them
in an easterly direction, to Australia. Queensland will thus find
itself with all manner of flotsam arriving on its beaches -
survivors afloat, dead and bloated bodies, and anything washed from
the cities or countryside that has stayed afloat.
Australia is a land of hardy folk, but the new-comers who arrive will be the wealthy and soft, used to a servant class and demanding service. Where the cities themselves, like all coastal cities, will experience tidal waves and tidal bore into ravines, and will not survive beyond being a shell of itís former self, the mountains surrounding these cities offers refuge from the waves and hurricane force wind.
Survival communities forming in these
mountains, on the fringes of these former cities along the east
coast of Australia, will find themselves burdened with the whining
formerly wealthy. These situations result in one of two outcomes -
either the unwelcome citizens are ejected and starve or are shot, or
they drag the group down with their demands until all starve. Since
the cities themselves will not survive the devastation, remaining
there or near there during the shift is hardly advisable.
The highlands in the eastern half of Australia will remain above water during the shift and after the polar melt, and will stretch along the new equator the equatorial sun, rapidly melting. The tipping of the Indio-Australian plate under the Himalayas will raise eastern Australia some 300 feet in sea level elevation, reducing the amount of land going under water as the existing poles melt.
Migration of wild animals from the rapidly flooding western half of Australia can be expected, as they will swim and run toward land, which will be eastern Australia. As in Alaska, where wild bears will become a problem for survivors, formerly civilized areas of Victoria may find surprising and unexpected neighbors. Being situated on the high land bridge connecting the highlands of Queensland to Victoria, potentially crowded situations where wildlife and new immigrants collide with existing residents could also occur, all hungry and desperate and driven by fear.
Keeping a low profile so as not to
attract unwanted attention is a means of dealing with a human horde,
but wildlife finds food by smell and will not be so fooled. Thus,
survivor camps in Victoria should prepare to defend against wild
predators, and hide from human predators.
Where the east coast of Australia will bounce up, due to the tipping of the plate upon with Australia rests, during the pole shift, it will be subject to onslaughts of tidal waves during the shift itself. Water movement during the week of rotation stoppage will cause the waters of the Pacific to move toward the poles, and after the shift back to the new equator when rotation starts again.
This will cause water to move from the existing South Pole to the new equator, where Sydney will find itself, through the channel between Australia and New Zealand. This water will rush along what is now the east coast of Australia. In addition to this water movement, there is the compression of the Pacific, which will push water up along any coast line directly bordering the Pacific.
This world map (in red) is overlaid with an antipodal map (in yellow)
showing the antipodes of each point on the Earth's surface.
Without the protection of any islands,
most of the east coast of Australia will experience a direct
assault. With at least two large current flows during the shift,
swirling will occur, a serious danger to any boats and likely to
create unpredictable tidal waves assaulting the coast. Residents of
Sydney are advised to leave their beloved city for high ground
during this time, if they hope to survive.
Melbourne lies on a southern tip of Australia, pointing toward the South Pole. In this regard it needs to take extra precautions over and above the other coastal cities along Australiaís eastern coast. Melbourne has many advantages - being on a plate that will tip up, slightly, during the shift, and being close to the sea for fishing opportunities and snuggled within mountains for safety from floods and tidal waves.
However, there will be extraordinarily strong ocean currents rushing between the Pacific, which will be compressed and need to empty, and the Indian Ocean. This affects any city directly along the currents. Boats will disappear in a wink in the flow, and not surface for days. The water may be somewhat higher than normal just prior to the shift, too, as the stagnating earth will pool her waters at the poles, not the equator, when rotation stops.
Thus, the rush of water away from the
Pacific will not only be forceful, but high, rather than low - a
Adelaide lies on the coast, close to the mouth of a large river draining the mountains of eastern Australia, and on a continent that is destined to tip and sink under the waves so that the western half is no longer land. With all this against it, can it be safe? Surprisingly, it will do remarkably well.
As the plate upon which Australia rests tips, submersing the western side, the eastern side will rise above the waves, resting at a higher altitude after the shift. However, as with all lands close to the coast, caution against tidal wave sloshing and rivers flooding over their banks should be taken. Go inland, up into the mountains, and well away from any valleys that could take the overflow from swollen rivers or themselves fill up during a downpour.
The city should stand, aside from old
buildings that will crumble at the slightest quake, and may provide
a good base for fishing boats for survivors. After the polar melt,
with the ocean much closer than before, Adelaide, or at least her
highlands, will be on the coast.
Perth, situation on the extreme western edge of Australia, will be under water long before the hour of the shift. The pressure during the week of rotation stoppage will have pulled land along the north Atlantic down by 150 feet due to the core continuing to move while the crust is frozen in place by the magnetic attraction of the rapidly approaching comet.
This pressure continues around the globe, with the Red Sea and the lands of Pakistan being stretched and the point where the land becomes reluctant to compress, where India is being squeezed under the Himalayas, feeling this pressure. Thus, the plate holding both India and Australia is likely to begin tipping early, causing a drop in sea level even before the shift.
Combined with the tendency of water to leave the Equator and move to the poles during that week of rotation stoppage, this increase in sea level will have the residents of Perth with few places to go except inland into the neighboring mountains or onto boats. They will take the latter, due to flooding roads, and thus when the shift itself occurs, will be roiled about with ocean tides moving in different directions, often creating giant whirlpools.
Some residents in boats will survive,
eventually washing up onto the shores of Australia, now inland and
filled with flotsam and hapless survivors from as far away as
Indonesia trying to gain a foothold on land. Thus, survivors of
Perth, who will be few, will find themselves moving from one
horrific drama to another.
The island of Tasmania, below the
eastern portion of Australia and sharing a spot of the same end of
the plate that will tip up during the shift as India dives down
below the Himalayas, will benefit from the shift in that it will get
an increase in elevation over its present elevation. Tasmania can
expect to be some 1,000 feet higher than present, thought the polar
melt will return that gain by almost 700 feet. The climate will
change to be more tropical, lined up closer to the new equator, so
vegetative growth on the island will eventually be more lush after
Where New Zealand will remain well above sea level after the shift and polar melts, it will be subject to the same forces during the shift as all other lands. Tidal waves will assault its coastlines, and where cliffs or mountain ranges lie along a coastline, tidal bore can occur, bringing rushing water to a height not expected.
As New Zealand is a land of mountain ranges, stay well inland during the shift, returning to the coastlines only some days after the shift has occurred and the sloshing oceans and high tides have settled. Where New Zealand lies along a fault line, and thus has active volcanoes and geothermal area, due to the tipping up of the plate New Zealand lies on, pressure will be reduced during the hour of the shift, not increased, and the incidence of exploding volcanoes and the like lessened for this reason.
In essence, there will be a new space
under the tipped plate for lava to fill during the shift, which will
reduce the press of lava upward.
Tipping a plate that plunges, on one end, under a mountain range, will be in the main a continuation of what is already happening. However, for the several hundred feet that Indian will drop below its current sea level, there will be a commensurate raise at the far end of the plate shared with Australia and New Zealand, with the major benefit of this raise at the New Zealand end.
New Zealand can expect, after all the
sloshing about has stopped, to find itself 500 feet above the
current sea level. With the melting poles expected to raise the sea
level between 650 and 700 feet, this gain will disappear, but what
the raised land does mean for New Zealand is that more of itís land
will be above water after the poles melt, than elsewhere in the
Cities along the coastline in New Zealand, such as Christchurch and Nelson and Auckland, will find themselves in an unpredictable position during the day of the shift, when the waters surrounding their island country.
At any given moment, the water might be migrating toward the existing South Pole (during rotation stoppage), returning from the existing South Pole (during rotation restart), pushing in directly from the Pacific or rushing between Australia and New Zealand (during the hour of shift, due to shortening of the Pacific), coming around Australia from the Indian Ocean (as water in motion pouring through Indonesia into the Indian Ocean), or as a reaction to any of these forces due to the tendency of water to slosh.
Thus, those in New Zealand are advised
to seek safety in the mountains, well above an wave action, until
equilibrium in the oceans has returned, a period of some days.