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4 Dec 2016
Mesospheric Bore

At (December 1st 2016) we have a 'mesospheric bore' - strange goings on in the mesosphere. This is a layer of the atmosphere above the stratosphere. It is the realm of sprites and noctolucent clouds - and air-glow. As early as November 17th NASAs AIM spacecraft spotted noctolucent clouds as seen in the atmosphere above Australia.

3 Dec 2016
Roger Higgs

Roger Higgs featured at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Denver (2016) a few weeks ago, and presented a paper that claimed there was historic evidence for a 5m rise in global sea levels in the Late Roman/early Saxon era. Higgs, who lives in Bude, famous for its surfers on the north Cornish coast, runs his own company and is a busy man, as they say. At face value this idea would seem to support the climate change position as the inference is that the Roman Warm period was responsible for the rapid and steep rise in sea levels (at least around Britain).

3 Dec 2016

A hoary chestnut has reared its head once again - see ... the Aborigines are blamed when scientists come across evidence of landscape fire in the Holocene and Late Pleistocene. This is thought to represent evidence of Aborigines managing their environment, burning off unwelcome vegetation and allowing plants they favour to flourish in a non-forest environment.

3 Dec 2016
Flipping the Poles of Mars

On page 11 of Astronomy magazine (see there is a story gleaned from an article in Nature (March) that modelled the emergence of the Tharsis Ridge, a violently volcanic region of Mars. It is hyptheisized that the emergence of this volcanic zone caused the planet Mars to flip over. See the section Astro News.

1 Dec 2016
Caribbean Sea Change

At ... scientists looking at the K/T boundary crater off the coast of Yucatan have discovered it was dry land at the height of the Late Glacial Maximum, between 23,000 and 18,000 years ago. How can this be? The obvious mainstream answer is that a lot of ocean water was locked up in the hypothetical ice sheet that covered a great deal of the northern hemisphere. An outside the box answer might involve a change in the earth's geoid - but that would require a rise in sea levels somewhere else.

1 Dec 2016
Stonehenge neighbourhood

At .... the military base at Larkfield, part of what is called the Stonehenge landscape (within walking distance of the stones), has been hiding a Neolithic 'causewayed enclosure' provisionally dated to 3650BC. These enclosures garnered that name as the circle is really a series of ditches laid out in concentric circles with gaps between them. The gaps were supposed to be causeways but their function or purpose is unknown.

1 Dec 2016

At ... the origin of Saudi Arabia's Ghawar giant oil field is the subject of this link. It would take a massive amount of vegetation to be transformed into the massive oil field - virtually dense tropical vegetation. Plate Tectonics doesn't seem to be the answer. It is too slow. The vegetation must have been converted much more quickly - or this is the thrust of the article. Of course, quickly in geological terms is nothing like instantaneous - but reading between the lines we may wonder why not.

1 Dec 2016
Roots we Like

Potatoes - who set the growing of potatoes into motion? How did they develop them from a wild species that is toxic? Even in modern potatoes, when tubers go green it is advised not to eat them as they possess dreaded toxins (and the same goes for the small fruitlets that form after flowering). Somebody first grew and ate the ancestors of our King Edwards (good mashers) and Charlottes (good firm salad variety) and many other modern varieties (different favourites in different countries).

1 Dec 2016
Red Sea harbour

At ... a harbour going back to the Old Kingdom of Egypt, 4600 years ago (specifically to the reign of Khufu (Cheops), and the pyramid building period). It was used to import various materials, products of the Sinai and further afield. It was discovered by divers at Wadi al Jauf ...

21 Nov 2016
NZ Earthquake

At ... the recent earthquake in New Zealand affected up to six faults - and uplifted significant portions of coastal New Zealand

   During the earthquake bystanders took images on their cell phones of earthquake lights (see