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5 Jul 2015
Toronto Conference

A Toronto conference is in the offing for next year - May 16th-19th, 2016. It has the title, Celestial Crisis and the Human Record and one of the main speakers will be Irving Wolfe (well known to SIS members). He is in the process of getting a book published which will be one aspect of his talk. At ... we are told SIS members Andrew Fitt and Frank Wallace will be organising the event and the main thrust is evidence of catastrophism encoded in narrative arts (which is Irving Wolfe's speciality).

5 Jul 2015
Holes in Comets

Latest Rosetta news is from an article in Nature (July 2nd, 2015) - see ... where we are told there are sink holes on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, almost circular pits. The surface of the comet is undergoing rapid structural change, it seems, and the theory (expressed in the Nature paper), is they form when ice beneath the surface sublimates (or turns directly into gases).

5 Jul 2015
Cosmic Lightning

I'm not referring to space lightning - or electrical phenomena in far away galaxies, but the normal earth system kind of lightning, of the everyday everywhere thunderstorm. According to a new model of its behaviour lightning has a cosmic trigger - go to ...

5 Jul 2015

  I was watching a BBC television programme the other day on the Messel shale formation. It was fronted by the agreeable Richard Fortey - who was the face in the camera.

4 Jul 2015
Solomon and Shishak

News of an important new book for chronologists. Solomon and Shishak - go to Unfortunately it will set you back £47 - as Bob Porter informed the members of the New Chronology Yahoo Group. As it is published by Archaeopress of Oxford this is understandable. Bob has a chapter on C14 and dendrochronology anomalies (similar, I expect, to what he has written in SIS journals). The big news is that there are a variety of authors, some who support the Shishak = Shoshenk synchronism - and others that do not.

2 Jul 2015
Mount St Helens

   Mount St Helens volcano went off in May of 1980 and it is reputed to have formed geological sedimentary layers in a matter of hours. There is a visitor centre on highway 504, the main road leading to the volcano from the west. It is run by Creationists - go to but the story can be accessed at ...

2 Jul 2015
ice cores, sea floors, the age of the Earth

At (part one), 8181 (part two) and 8503 (part three) we are told that ice cores must be wrong as the Noachian Flood took place around 4500 years ago - and the ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica must have formed within that time scale. This is a case of mental gymnastics, even more breathtaking than Gunnar Heinsohn's audacious trunscation of historical records and archaeology.

1 Jul 2015
The Stratigraphic Record

Derek Ager's book, 'The Nature of the Stratigraphic Record' (Halstead Press:1973) is a geological gem. It is written by somebody who has been described as a neo-catastrophist. Unfortunately, unlike astronomy, in geology a neo-catastrophist is a bit of a wet fish, a uniformitarian who is prepared to accept that natural disasters such as mega earthquakes and big volcanoes may have occurred. The idea that catastrophes with a cosmic dimension have also occurred is not an area they are prepared to delve into - too deeply.

1 Jul 2015
exploding sprites

At ... is one of those stories that has popped up at a lot of web sites and blogs - even at WattsUpWithThat. At the link above (and elsewhere) there is a video of a sprite above a thunderstorm, and how the lightning phenomenon appears and then just as quickly disappears. Gary Gilligan has forwarded his view that sprites appear in mythology as flowers.

1 Jul 2015
Lake Chad

At ... researchers using satellite images of the ancient shores of Lake Chad as well as studying sediments from the lake to calculate its age have come up with some unexpected results. It was subject to rapid change - turning from a huge lake much bigger than the modern counterpart, over a short period of time. Most of what was a lake is now a region of sand dunes, rocks and dust.