Readers who believe the Earth was formed ~4.6 billion years ago will learn it is still very young. It originated billions of years ago when a meteoroid captured by the Sun grew larger by attracting smaller meteoroids and meteordust during orbits around the Sun. This process increases the planet's mass and size every day, and scientists must determine this growth rate to estimate how much longer Mankind will be able to live on this still-young planet.
Readers will learn that gravitational force melts Earth's core, producing heat and water that controls global weather patterns. This process is unstoppable and will continue to raise sea levels and increase Earth's heat levels at a rate that may be accelerating. Man's ingenuity adds to weather problems, but the basic process is controlled by Nature.
For centuries geophysicists believed the Earth was formed in its present size and spherical shape ~4.6 billion years ago, an error disproved by structural maps of the mountains and ocean floors. There were no oceans ~250 million years ago, but gravitational pressure on the core produced all existing water and ocean basins that now cover 71% of the planet. These ocean basins grow by volcanic mid-ocean ridges that force continents apart and increase the size and holding capacity of the ocean basins, but constant addition of new water raises ocean levels that threaten islands and coastal areas.
This process is augmented by organic growth photosynthesized from the Sun that is converted to ordinary dirt, coal, petroleum and fossilized trees.
Today's 360-degree GPS system is outdated by this constant global expansion, and the so-called subduction of soft ocean seafloor beneath solid continents to maintain a fixed Earth diameter is physically impossible and one of science's greatest errors.
These facts were not fully understood until 2014, 50 years after the author perceived the idea of planetary growth and expansion and attempted to prove to the scientific world the Earth was not formed in its present size about 4.6 billion years ago, but has grown continuously by accreting mass from meteorites, dust, and solar energy during its orbits of the Sun.