The Fluid Dynamics of Whole Earth Decompression Theory

January 1st, 2011

David Freed MLS(ASCP)cm

Originally posted as part of: ‘Expanding Earth Theory and Noah’ (November 6th, 2006)

With respect to the scientific community, I offer the following theory for serious consideration. Dr. J. Marvin Herndon said in a 2006 radio interview, when you are on the right track the pieces simply fit together.

The Fluid Dynamics of Whole Earth Decompression Theory (FD-WEDT) adds an overlooked dimension to an expanding earth. It also provides additional mechanism for an expanding earth through decompression and suggests a wetter consequence than formerly considered.

Fluid Dynamics demand

1. The sequence of decompression was violently rapid.
2. That the gasses, followed immediately by the fluids, would have exploded from their confines cracking ‘Planetoid Pangea’ like an egg.
3. Fluid dynamics demand that the gasses, followed immediately by the fluids, would have reached their hydrostatic equilibriums more rapidly than the semi-solids of mantel decompression.
4. Transforming Planetoid Pangea into an ocean planet, for an unspecified period of time, until the continued decompression of the mantel pushed the tectonic plates up through the surface of the waters as they continued to grow in elevation.


The crust of earth is broken into individual continental plates separated by obviously younger sea floor basalts. This observation has first fueled plate tectonics and continental drift theory. Then, later fueled the theories of expanding earth. However, no plausible mechanism to power either concept had ever been suggested until “Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics” J. Marvin Herndon PhD. 2005. (WEDD)1


As a Geophysicist, he pursued an understanding of the primordial conditions that facilitated the mineral components of earth to exist in their present composition, concentration, and density. His calculations suggest that planet earth originally ‘rained out’ from within a large gaseous Protoplanet that appeared much like planet Jupiter. Arnold Euken suggested these exact same conclusions in 1944 Germany.2,3

1. In fact, both scientist paint Protoplanet Earth as:

a. Potentially 300 earth volumes in size
b. The rocky planetoid at the center of this gas giant rained out from within this gas giant.
c. This process easily explains why the planetoid’s inner core is concentrated with heavy elements; the outer core is of iron and nickel, the mineral components formed to their present composition, concentration, and density.
d. The gravity well and pressures formed by such an enormous size Protoplanet causing the central planetoid to be compressed to approximately 65% of earth’s present size.

In 1933, German scientist Otto Hilgenberg demonstrated, with a series of models, that the zig-saw puzzle fit of the continental plates fit together across the Pacific as well as the Atlantic to form a planetoid approximately 65% smaller than earth’s present size.1,4

Further evidence for this 65% smaller planetoid actually comes from the mistaken theory of super-continent Pangea. The notion of a super-continent grew from the observations of apparent land bridges across oceans.5 The obvious zig-saw puzzle fit across the Atlantic is apparent to everyone. However, continental drift theory has the continents swimming their way around the globe mating up in multiple combinations to include all their land bridge evidence; while a 65% smaller planetoid with all of the continents fitting together to form a continuous concentric crust shell simultaneously satisfies all the evidence. Super-continent Pangea was actually planetoid Pangea.

2. The next step in for WEDD involves the primordial conditions of the entire solar system.

a. Herndon sees an eruptive solar event sweeping the inner solar system.
b. Herndon suggests that this may be the moment when the sun first ignited, but I amend that to include any eruptive event of sufficient size.
c. The blast wave from this eruptive event clearing the inner solar system.
d. The blast wave ejecting gaseous atmospheres from the inner planets.

3. Once Protoplanet Earth’s giant gaseous atmosphere was reduced:

a. The gravity well and pressures upon planetoid Pangea reduced.
b. Followed by a decompression of once planetoid Pangea into present day earth.
c. Evident by secondary decompression cracks.

4. WEDD satisfies the mechanism for:

a. Why earth minerals exist today in their present composition, concentration, and density.
b. An expanding earth
c. Continued spreading of the ocean sea floors from mid oceanic ridges.
d. Continental drift and plate tectonics
e. Earthquakes
f. Volcanology
g. A-biotic Oil Theory

The Fluid Dynamics supplements the decompression sequence with the following supportive evidence.

1. An eruptive solar event:

a. Any eruptive event that could sweep the inner solar system as Herndon suggest had to be sudden and catastrophic.
b. The ejection of Protoplanet Earth’s giant gaseous atmosphere also sudden and catastrophic.

2. A sudden and catastrophic decompression of once planetoid Pangea demand that the gasses, followed immediately by the fluids, would have exploded from their confines cracking ‘Planetoid Pangea’ like an egg.

A logical and obvious prediction of Le Chatelier’s Principle: If you disturb a system that is at equilibrium, a change will spontaneously occur to restore the system to a state of equilibrium.6

Testable evidence for this is easily gathered from the simplest of observations.

1. Purchase a carbonated beverage at sea level.
2. Bring it to my living room in the Colorado Rockies. Elevation 8278’ or better yet – take it to any mountain pass near me.
3. Now look directly down the barrel of the container and open it.
4. This simple change in atmospheric pressure has a sudden and catastrophic impact on the contents of the container.
5. The gasses, followed immediately by the fluids, explode from the container.
6. This simple observation is easily repeatable and easy to document.
7. Predictions from this simple observation supported by Fluid Dynamics Boyle’s Law, Dalton’s Law Charles’s Law, Graham’s law, Henry’s Law, Ideal Gas Law, Combined Gas Law, Kinetic Theory of Gasses, and Le chatelier's principle.6-11

Correlating my simple observation to planetary geophysics requires the assumption that planetoid Pangea’s mantel contained potentially high quantities of gaseous and fluidic materials to produce an explosive event.

Japanese researchers have investigated the moisture content of the earth’s mantel. Measurements indicate that the average predicted H2O content of the mantel to be about 0.19% by weight. Based on what they witnessed in their lab, the researchers concluded that more water probably exists deep within the Earth than is present on Earth's surface—as much as five times more.12
Earth today is 2/3rds Ocean, that is sometimes miles deep, and yet, these Japanese researchers predict as much as five times more water is still trapped within the mantel of the earth. Even today water escapes the mantel as water columns venting from the sea floors and through every volcanic eruption.

Carry this assumption back to the first moments of decompression and fluid dynamics demand that the gasses, followed immediately by the fluids, would have exploded from their confines initially and subsequently providing an additional mechanism for an expanding earth through decompression.

3. Fluid dynamics demand that the gasses, followed immediately by the fluids, would have reached their hydrostatic equilibriums more rapidly than the semi-solids of mantel decompression and volcanic excretion.

This is just an obvious restatement of pre-existing gas law and fluid dynamics.6-11,13 The difference here is in the predicted impact on the planetary scale during the decompression sequence.Which is:

4. Transforming Planetoid Pangea into an ocean planet, for an unspecified period of time, until the continued decompression of the mantel pushed the tectonic plates up through the surface of the waters as they continued to grow in elevation.

The rigidity of trying to maintain the earth’s diameter constant throughout the ages has caused many false assumptions. The continental plates never traveled the distances suggested by continental drift theory and super-continent Pangea never existed on a lopsided planet that would have wobbled its way through space.

FD-WEDT corrects both false assumptions, as well as, providing a plausible mechanism for a global flood event. Answering the questions of where did all the water come from and just where did the water go when it receded.

As empirical evidence to support this conclusion, I offer Dr Herndon’s secondary decompression cracks. Cracks resulting from the decompression sequence, forming primarily at the boundaries of the tectonic plates and expanding sea floor basalts. Cracks then erased by the infilling by expanding sea floor basalts spreading from their mid-oceanic ridges.1

Remaining secondary cracks are seen today as oceanic trenches. To this list, I add both the Grand Canyon and the new decompression crack forming in the Horn of Africa between the Red Sea Rift and the Gulf of Arden Rift.

The Grand Canyon is just another secondary decompression crack that the Colorado River naturally fell into carved by the mass exodus of waters from across the land. Examine its location between the Colorado Plateau and the 6000’ drop to the Arizona desert floor.

The most recent secondary decompression crack appeared almost overnight, in 2005, as a 60km-long rift ripped the country of Ethiopia and growing 13 feet wide in just three weeks. Geologists agree that this crack will eventually lead to Ethiopia's eastern part tearing off from the rest of Africa and a new sea filling in the gap.14,15

Further evidence of the decompression sequence is seen in the Sea Mount record. The size of mount combined with the interval between mounts must give evidence to rate of expansion and direction of sea floor movement.16

However, the grandest scale of observable evidence is in the geophysical formation of the Colorado Plateau, The Grand Canyon, and the American West in general. In the accepted version of events tells the story of how the Rocky Mountain Range pushed its way up in elevation along with the entire Colorado Plateau. This uplifting displaced the inland sea that once occupied Wyoming. During the millions of years of growing and stressing to lift the highest peaks to their zenith, slow and gradual erosion carved out the American West. Just look at the millions of years to carve the Grand Canyon alone.17

The towering formations of Utah’s Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon Formations, and the sand stone sculpting of natural arches near Moab Utah are all said to have been carved over the millions of years, of freeze thaw cycles, and slow continuous erosion. Harder soils being left behind as the softer ground eroded away.18-20

Countless washes, cuts, and gulches dominate the western topography. All formed by erosion. The height of the formations over the scale of thousands of square miles add up to a lot of missing soil. An absolute unimaginable amount of soil is missing. Where did this soil go? The only explanation has to be that it all went downstream. That takes us through the Grand Canyon. Now to the previous missing soil, we must add the volume of missing soil from the Grand Canyon itself. Further downstream we go and I ask you to Ponder this question: Where is the delta?

Millions of years of slowly eroding all that missing soil out of the American West should have built a delta the size of Texas.21 Instead, the Colorado River terminates into a relatively deep box canyon shaped Gulf of Baja California; which is void of the mysterious missing soil. Therefore the current version does not satisfy this question of the delta.

Also from the American West I offer the evidence of ‘balance rocks.’ There are a few teetering boulders throughout the West famed by tourist. However, if you spend time in the West you soon realize that balance rocks come in infant combinations scattered through the entire West. Yet conventional thinking tells us that all these balance rocks survived the millions of earthquakes required to grow the Colorado Plateau and the Rocky Mountains.

On the contrary, I offer again the simplest of observations. A magician can yank the silk tablecloth from under the china table setting. However; my only hypothetical attempt would throw most of the china crashing to the floor, in a sudden and catastrophic event, but even I could leave a few things standing, just as a sudden and catastrophic creation of the American West would leave balance rocks standing in infinite combinations.

A sudden and catastrophic uplifting of the Rocky Mountain Range and the Colorado Plateau appears visually consistent with the American West. Huge sections of crust tilted up from uplifting pressures below. Protruding out of the ground in an angular display of layered rock strata.

Some soils may have become supersaturated submerged beneath the waters of Oceana. The subsequence rising of the continental plates through the surface of Oceana, in a sudden and catastrophic manor, would have caused a massive receding of waters flowing from the surface of the newly elevated land mass. Torrents of receding waters potentially powerful enough to carve the American West and flushed the missing soils far out into the Pacific instead of forming a delta, while leaving balance rocks throughout the area.

In conclusion, FD-WEDT compliments the decompression sequence with the application of just simple basic principles to better define the decompression sequence. It also adds supportive mechanism for an expanding earth through decompression. Suggesting that variations in equilibrium points between gasses and fluids verses semi-solids would dictate that Protoplanet Pangea submerged beneath the flood waters of water world Oceana, for an unspecified period of time, until the continued decompression of the semi-solid planetary mantel pushed the land masses back up through the waters surface as they continued to grow in elevation to present day earth.



1. J. Marvin Herndon, Whole-earth decompression dynamics, 10 December 2005, Current Science, Vol. 89, NO. 11

2. Eucken, A., Physikalisch-chemische Betrachtungen über die früheste Entwicklungsgeschichte der Erde. Nachr. Akad. Wiss. 1944, Goettingen, Math.-Kl. (used from secondary sources)

3. J. Marvin Herndon, Protoplanetary Earth Formation: Further Evidence and Geophysical Implications, August 30, 2004,

4. Hilgenberg, O. C., Vom wachsenden Erdball, 1933, Giessmann and Bartsch, Berlin (used from secondary sources)

5. Lois Van Wagner, The Great Continental Drift Mystery, 2001, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

6. Brady, J., E., Holum, J., R., Fundamentals of Chemistry, 3rd ed., 1988, John Wiley & Sons Inc. N.Y.

7. Segal, B., G., Chemistry Experiment and Theory, 2nd ed., 1989, John Wiley & Sons Inc. N.Y.

8. Mark J. McCready, Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, Introduction to hydrodynamicStability, University of Notre Dame

9. G. K. Batchelor, University of Cambridge, An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics, May 2000, Cambridge University Press

10. Kleinstreuer, North Carolina State University, Engineering fluid dynamics: an interdisciplinary systems approach, May 1997, Cambridge University Press

11 Drazin P.G., Hydrodynamic Stability, 2002, Cambridge University Press

12. Ben Harder, Inner Earth May Hold More Water Than the Seas, March 7 2002, National Geographic News

13. J. Wang and D. D. Joseph, Potential flow of a second order fluid over a sphere or an ellipse, 2003, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, J. Fluid Mech., 511, 201-215.

14. MacGregor Campbell, Giant crack in Africa formed in just days, 04 November 2009, New Scientist: Environment 22:17 04

15. Sean Alfano, New Ocean Forming In Africa: Researchers Observe Formation Of Ocean Basin In Ethiopian Desert, Dec. 10, 2005 CBSNEWS tech, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,

16. USGS, The long trail of the Hawaiian hotspot, May 1999, United States Geological Society:

17. Richard A. Young and Earle E. Spamer, Colorado River Origin and Evolution, Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Grand Canyon National Park in June 2000, 2001, Grand Canyon Association

18. USGS, Uplift and Erosion of the Plateau, Geological Survey Bulletin 1393: The Geological Story of Arches National Park, January 2007,

19. National Parks Service (NPS) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. 2010,

20. Walker, J. D., and Geissman, J. W., Geologic Time Scale: Geological Society of America, 2009, Geological Society of America,

21. Seybold, H., Andrade, J., Herrmann, H., Modeling river delta formation, 2007, The National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Geophysics, (Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 October 23; 104(43): 16804–16809)

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