Catastrophism news

Burning Oil, Fire on Earth

This is almost sheer Velikovsky. At http://phys.org/print387788915.html ... the headline is, did a burning oil spill wipe out the dinosaurs. It seemed to me at first the author of the study had read Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision in another life (when he was a student perhaps) and it had got lodged in a a deep recess inside his head, only later re-emerging with the author unaware of W in C.

God Kings

Gary Gilligan has updated his web site - see www.godkingscenario.com ... and you can also buy his book 'Extraterrestrial Sands' there online (and two other books he has written). Most scholars see the god like attributes of pharaohs as hyperbole attached to human figures or as humans presenting themselves as intermediaries between the gods and world below. Gary Gilligan on the other hand chooses to take the hyperbole literally and claims the wars of the pharaohs were actually wars of the gods in the sky above.

Surviving molecules

Not sure if this is biology or geology or physics but catastrophism seems to cover it. Robert Farrar sent in the link http://crev.info/2016/06/precambrian-protein/ ... with the comment - well preserved 1.88 billion years old molecules from NW Ontario have been found. He asks can biomolecules really survive that long or are the rocks not really that old?

Mammals and K/T

At http://phys.org/print384535030.html ... mammals were fairly common during the late dinosaur age, contrary to popular belief (or the consensus model as it was some years ago). They did not suddenly bloom into a successful species in the wake of the K/T boundary event, it would seem, as they were as badly affected by the mass extinction event as other forms of life. However, they did eventually come to the fore, in the aftermath, and diversified to fill niches formerly occupied by other groups.

geopulsation

Geopulsation seems like a made up word with a made up hypothesis to boot. This concerns a book by RW Welch, 'The Roots of Cataclysm:Geopulsation and the Atlantis supervolcano in history' Algora Books:2009 ... that comes recommended by member John Kalber. In chapter 4 'The Ice Age and Rotational Variation' the author produces the idea that the Earth rotates faster, on occasion, and quickening and slowing has an affect at the poles - namely, how much water accumulates there.

The 2300BC event

Back in October of 2014 there was a conference in Halle in Germany on a sudden climatic event dated to 2200BC which appears to be associated with Marie Agnes Courty's end of Akkadian empire event. She proposed a cosmic airburst or something of that nature might have occurred at that time and has written several papers on the subject, mostly ignored by archaeologists and historians. As a speaker at one of our Cambridge conferences on the Bronze Ages she is well known to older members of the society.

Atlantis in Doggerland

At www.q-mag.org/pytheas-megaliths-and-the-tides.html ... Anne Marie de Grazia has translated Jean Deruelle the author of 'De la Prehistoroire a l'Atlantide de Megaliths' in which it is hypothesized the Great Plain of Atlantis could now lie at the bottom of the North Sea. Then, Deruelle suggests the people of Atlantis were also the megalith builders.

dinosaur frolics

At www.yahoo.com/news/dinosurs-struggled-survive-long-asteroid-hit-19233514... ... and www.yahoo.com/news/study-dinosaurs-were-declining-long-asteroid-hit-1902... ... which has been widely reported on the Web and concerns a press release coinciding with publication of a paper on the subject which appears to use geochronology to say that dinosaurs were in decline before the K/T boundary event (and the Chicxulub asteroid or comet crash).

Dinosaur asteroid

There is a good article on the K/T boundary event asteroid that brought an end to the dinosaurs - see http://phys.org/print379845498.html ... what the initial response to the hypothesis was and how mainstream geologists were upset at the idea of a catastrophic event. It took years for the evidence to become so overwhelming the mainstream had to concede - yet even nowadays some geologists argue against it as the idea of 'an event' laying down sedimentary layers quickly is anathema to them. The article was originally at The Conservation and Phys Org afterwards.

The Ice Age ice cap

At http://phys.org/print377424373.html ... a series of shots of the ice cap growing and receding during the Late Glacial Maximum is illuminating. It relies on collated data - which is based on certain geological assumptions but never the less it does provide us with a view of how the ice cap grew - and then subsided (over time).