What are the effects of mining raw material on the planet?

I want to know if the mining of raw materials causes the rotation of the planet to change. If we take materials from one place on the planet and send them somewhere else, as we do in material items, does it not effect the planet as a whole?

I think there would be some change in the planet other than the planets and animals. We are changing the earths make-up. I know the earths core is made of heavy metal, but that can’t be enough to balance our greed. This makes the planet off balance? Either the rotation or angle of rotation would have to be effected by this. If we are mining gold in Alaska and send throughout the world, what about the weight removed from that part of the planet. If you put 100lbs. of weights in each had. Then you take the weight out of the right hand and put it in the left then you might fall from the weight. Dark matter has to have a breaking point in its buoyancy.



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    Although we can cause changes on earth’s surface, I highly doubt that any mining activity we do would affect earth’s rotation to any significant degree. Earth is approximately shaped like a sphere, and many calculations that humans use rely on the assumption that it is a perfect sphere, which is not too far off the mark. The mountain ranges are actually quite insignificant when it comes to altering earth’s rotation. If anything, we would make earth more spherical by mountain top removal mining methods. Through the natural process of plate tectonics, new mountains are always being formed while old mountains are being eroded through wind and rain. However, since the crust is so thin compared to the rest of the planet, everything that happens on the surface represents only minute changes in earth’s balance.

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    I have pondered this very question for many years now. Does the planet gain or lose mass as time passes? We humans have reduced the mass of the planet considerably over the past 100 or so years through the mining of coal. Coal is burned for energy and on average loses 80% of its mass when burnt. We mine somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.6 Billion Tons every year. That would mean that the planet has been losing 3.7 Billion Tons of mass per year. That is an awful lot of weight when you consider how long we have been mining coal. Some might argue that the crust is thin and what we do to it has little effect on the balance of the planet. While that might be true we have to live on that thin crust and if removing large portions of it causes it to move around we won’t be doing that much longer. There is also the fact that the core is liquid and as such can compensate for changes at the surface, how that compensation is accomplished is the part that may lead to global catastrophe. We have already begun to see dramatic climate changes and increased tectonic activity, could the imbalance be causing this? I read somewhere that a large earthquake recently actually caused the planet to wobble on it’s axis, anyone know if this is fact or fiction?

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