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String are placed the greater is the eccentricity of the ellipse. These points, where the string is held, are the two foci of the ellipse. How Fig. 15. The ends to draw an ellipse. may be at- of the string tached to pins, or an endless loop may be put around the pins. These pins become the foci of the ellipse. The center of an ellipse is a The eccentricity of the which it is drawn out in one foci. — point halfway between the two that is, the degree to ellipse — direction and flattened in the formed by dividing the distance from the center For to one focus by the distance from the center to one end.
It cannot be doubted that the annual wobbling is due to seasonal changes causing varying amounts of ice and snow and atmosphere to press upon certain areas. It is thought that these forced oscillations indirectly set up the 26-foot oscillations in the earth's free period of 433 days. The changes of a few feet in the latitude of a place could have no effect upon its climate, and there is no evidence that latitudes have ever been changed enough to produce ice ages. Shifts of w-eight by erosion or precipitation are too insignificant to throw the earth off balance enough to change appreciably the direction of its axis.
At the center is a dense core 2000 miles in radius composed of iron and nickel. The density of this nickel-iron core must earth For, since the specific gravity of the be extremely high. 8, then the specific gravity of the core must be about twice as great, or about 10 or 12. The pressure in the central core amounts to the weight of 3,200,000 atmospheres, which equivalent to 47,000,000 pounds per square inch. is estimated at 3000° C, which is so high that the iron there would be nonmagnetic. Despite the enormous pressure within it, the core is believed The is central temperature to be in a liquid condition since the The intermediate S waves do not pass through it.