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19 Oct 2014
a crack in N America, some Australian volcanoes, and an ancient mountain formation that has disappeared into dust, apart from the roots (a bit like a broken tooth).

At ... there is apparently a mid continent Rift across the Mid West, some 2000 miles in length, running from Lake Superior south as far as Oklahoma and Alabama. However, it is unseen - as it is now underground. Geologists say it began as a narrow crack in the crust which was subsequently enlarged by the welling up of volcanic rock, and somewhat later, further intrusions of igneous rocks buried the feature.

19 Oct 2014
Comets and Meteors

More down to Earth but up in the sky, go to October 17th looks forwards to Sunday when the green comet (below) approaches Mars in what is thought

19 Oct 2014
Ness of Brodgar and the Big Cow

At ... namely, they have dug up the remains of an aurochs, a prehistoric ancestor of modern cattle which roamed in the wild across Europe.

Meanwhile, in Israel archaeologists have discovered a Canaanite cult centre at Tel Burna - see It is thought to be a cult site dedicated to Baal, or perhaps, Anat. It measures 52 feet by 52 feet and there is evidence of animal sacrifices.

18 Oct 2014
Fatty diets

At ... and ... might interest some people in the way that science consensus can be wrong (or may be wrong to be more truthful). Readers will have to make up their own minds. I believe in lots of exercise and eating what you fancy.

18 Oct 2014
Bermuda Triangle

We haven't heard a lot from this bit of alarmism for awhile but ... where it seems several mysterious craters that have mysteriously appeared in Siberia are being used to explain the hype surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. Explosions of trapped methane gas are thought to account for the Siberian craters - but this should not be thought as a given, but a hypothesis.

18 Oct 2014
Dust Bowl, Miocene oddity

At ... the discussion here is the dust bowl of the 1930s - a period where temperatures matched those of the 1990s. It was essentially a prolonged period of dry weather in a particular part of N America. The question is - are there any similarities with modern weather patterns?

16 Oct 2014

Excellent programme on BBC2 last night, the 15th of October, on the discovery of Heracleion in the delta zone of Egypt, at the head of the Canopic branch. Lots of collapsed Greek style temples and Egyptian inscriptions etc. After an hour we learned that it was an earthquake that may caused the sand and silt of the delta to collapse like quicksand. Other sources on the internet appear to suggest the sheer weight of stone monuments was part of the process - gradually sinking into the soft Nile delta soil.

16 Oct 2014
Volcanoes on the Moon in the time of the dinosaurs

At ... scroll down to October 14th - where to start we have black holes - do they eject matter or does matter fall into them? This is followed by 'NASA: Moon's volcanoes were active during the Earth's Cretaceous Period (the age of the dinosaurs). This is potentially significant because 'things' were happening on Earth as well as on the Moon, not least the asteroid strike.

16 Oct 2014
lampreys, bird eggs, and bird brains.

At ... lamprey larva are soft and small and are rarely fossilised. Lampreys themselves are also rarely fossilised because they do not have a skeleton - they have no bones and no teeth. They suck blood. However, in Lower Mongolia there is a Late Cretaceous shale deposit with a perfectly preserved collection of lampreys and their larvae.

13 Oct 2014
Rupert Sheldrake

Thunderbolts have a video of an interview with Rupert Sheldrake, author of 'Morphic Resonance' - go to which has the title, 'Are Humans Robots' - see also