Imagine an aqueous planet with an orbit and rotation so synchronized that one hemisphere continuously faced its Sun, while the other side remained frozen, frozen, in continuous darkness.
Imagine now that ice begins to form on the cold dark side of this planet.
The principle presented in the above verbal enhancement is a greatly simplified paradigm of the events that levitated the lands, we now call continents, out of Earth's primitive Endless Ocean.
Our Earth now rotates once a day, once every twenty-four hours. As it is more than 25,000 miles [40,225 kilometers] around our planet at the Equator then, obviously any given point on the Equator is moving in excess of 1,000 miles [1,609 kilometers] per hour. The rotation of our Earth and the fact that the atmosphere surrounding Earth follows the surface of the rotating planet imperfectly, accounts for the Prevailing Winds, and in one way or another instigates nearly all of the severe weather changes, we now endure.
Such was not the case on the Primeval Earth of eras passed. With one hemisphere continuously facing the Sun, almost perfect atmospheric conditions prevailed. Calm was surely the order of the day. And that first day on the "Sunny Hemisphere" lasted for more than three and a half billion years, throughout the first nine-tenths of known Earth History.
As sunshine relentlessly heated the central water and atmosphere on the Sunny Hemisphere, the air continuously expanded, lightened, and ascended as it warmed. And in so doing directed a permanent centrifugal flow of the upper atmosphere toward the outer edge of the Sunny Hemisphere, toward the cold, dark side of the planet.
On the dark side of Primeval Earth a reversed scenario unfolded. As the upper atmosphere descended below the sunny horizon, the air cooled, contracted, grew heavy, and descended to lower altitudes, where switching directions, it flowed back across the surface of the water, to the Sunny Hemisphere.
Subsequently, an almost perfect atmospheric circulating system was established. Wherein there were massive quantities of warm, moist air in the upper atmosphere flowing away from the Sunny Hemisphere to the cold, dark side of Earth. Where cooling it dropped its moisture before returning cool and dry to the Sunny Hemisphere.
Throughout the billions of years that elapsed between, the eon before Earth's first living-cell divided, until just minutes before the last dinosaurs died, an atmospheric circulation mode basically as depicted endured.
The Endless Ocean also circulated in a mode very similar to the way the atmosphere circulated. Great quantities of water around the central section of the Sunny Hemisphere heated by the tireless Sun’s rays expanded, became lighter, and spread centrifugally over the more dense, heavier, waters of the cold, Dark Hemisphere. And also like the atmosphere, the frigid water of the Dark Hemisphere steadily flowed back under the warmer water on the Sunny Hemisphere. And thereby also completed an almost perfect oceanic circulating system for primitive Earth.
But massive clouds continuously formed on the Sunny Hemisphere. In fact, clouds actually controlled the temperature on the Sunny Hemisphere. And in so doing, undoubtedly accelerated the growth of the Pacific Ice Cap as it spread across the Dark Hemisphere. To elucidate, the Sun shining continuously upon the waters of the Sunny Hemisphere steadily raised the temperature of that water until the waters reach a temperature where great quantities of it evaporated.
With those great quantities of evaporated water, moisture in the air, massive clouds formed to shade the water and reflect the searing sunrays back into space. So shaded, the slowly circulating water, cooling, would then begin to evaporate more slowly. And thereby generate less cloud cover and again let through more sunrays, which would again raise the temperature of the water. In this way, clouds rigidly regulated the temperature on the Sunny Hemisphere.
To reiterate, the primeval Earth had an almost perfect atmospheric circulating system. Except for the fact that the aforementioned temperature-regulating phenomenon did not allow the Sunny Hemisphere to absorb the massive quantities of heat that would have been necessary to keep the Dark Hemisphere warm, above that temperature at which water freezes. And so it was, that from In-the-beginning, the temperature on the Dark Hemisphere steadily fell and the ice cap on the Dark Hemisphere steadily grew. Until eventually, ice covered the entire area now encircled by that which is often referred to as, The Ring of Fire, until the Pacific Ice Cap of the Dark Hemisphere became transpacific in scope.
As snow continued to fall upon the outer edge of the Pacific Ice Cap, great quantities of it began to accumulate, compress under its own weight, and form more ice. That ice, as it grew thicker and thicker by continued accretion, became the first icebergs on Earth. As those bergs thickened they settled deeper and deeper into the Endless Ocean. Until eventually, the whole belt of ice was but one long, endless ice berg circling the globe and resting upon the ocean floor.
It may sound strange, but is nevertheless true; the ring of volcanos circling the Pacific Ocean, the so-called "Ring-of-Fire," could have once far more appropriately been dubbed, “The Ring of Ice.”
The warm moist atmosphere never intruded far over the frigid Pacific Ice Cap. Over 90 percent of all the snow that fell on Primitive Earth fell in a belt about a thousand miles wide.
As the ring of ice grew higher and higher above sealevel, it set heavier and heavier upon the ocean floor. Eventually the ever-thickening ice towered thousands of feet above the surface of the Endless Ocean, and spread, flowed at its base, under that great weight, as all glaciers flow.
The ice-belt, oceanic glaciers, undoubtedly had faults, or cracks in it where the various sections had settled and/or spread at different rates. As the oceanic glaciers spread at their bases, much ice that spread toward the Sunny Hemisphere melted as it extended into the warm circulating water.
While the ice that spread into the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean melted much more slowly, and spread as weight and time dictated. Hence, the Glacier Girdle was shaped more like a right trapezium with its most-perpendicular side facing the Sun, than like an isosceles trapezoid, as would a girdling glacier spreading evenly in both directions, where everything on both sides were equal.
From the moment ice first touched the ocean floor two physical phenomena commenced functioning, which would forever change the landless, Endless Ocean. As mentioned, the Oceanic Glaciers flowed at their bases much as continental glaciers flow. Except that the “Glacier Girdle” continued for many, many years to accumulate snow, grow steadily heavier, and extend its base, across the ocean floor. And as the Glacier Girdle spread, it bulldozed great quantities of oceanic sediment along ahead of the moving ice.
The second, and most important, phenomenon to commence functioning was that, as ice set upon the subterraneously heated ocean floor, it melted. The resulting water under the oceanic glaciers was under an unbelievable pressure, thousands of pounds per square inch. And as it vented, it carried with it, not only any sediment that the bulldozing action of the spreading Glacier Girdle had missed, but also continuously washed out, eroded, tiny granules of the crust from under the Glacier Girdle.
The first land to break the surface of the Endless Ocean was a blend of the aforementioned sediment bulldozed up by the Glacier Girdle and minute particles of primeval crust, washed from under the glaciers. In the twilight of the Sunny Hemisphere, many small islands, always dwarfed by the massive oceanic glaciers they paralleled, were pushed above the surface of the Endless Ocean, only to be washed away, again and again. And the tiny islands that appeared and vanished with such regularity were but surface hints, of the mighty, endless mountain range that steadily grew, beneath the surface of the Endless Ocean, at the foot of the Glacier Girdle.
The tiny portions of the oceanic crust washed from under the Glacier Girdle, and the original oceanic sediment was for the most part, very fine grained, predominantly microscopic particles. And much of it, once disturbed, was carried away by circulating ocean currents, and deposited far from the Glacier Girdle, was spread across the Sunny Hemisphere. And so, the most primitive strata, resulting solely from terrestrial phenomena, were deposited.
Strata for the most part consisting of fine-grained sand, deposited upon the most primitive strata pays mute evidence to the endless mountain range, which paralleled the Glacier Girdle. For that fine-grained sand was the product, of phenomena relative to that mountain range which circled the Earth.
In spite of the fact that the endless mountain range that ringed the Earth, was in a climatic zone where it rained or/and snowed, continuously, it slowly but steadily emerged from the Endless Ocean. Until eventually, it became a permanent divider, an unbroken mountain ring, between the frigid water of the Pacific Ocean, and the warm inviting waters of the Sunny Hemisphere. And in accord with “Genesis” account of creation, the Earth’s waters were parted.
And the endless ocean was, no more.