Catastrophism news

St Paul's conversion

An article in Meteoritics and Planetary Science 50 (3) page 368-381 (2015) 'Chelyabinsk, Zond IV, and a possible first century fireball of historical importance' by William K Hartman of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona has caught the eye of George Howard and he has posted the full article on his web site at http://cosmictusk.com/saul-on-the-road-to-damascus-airburst/ ... click on the download button at the bottom of the pdf window and you can read the full article online or print out.

Tibet 2300BC

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/wsu-ctc042815.php ... this is a story on Tibet and it seems there was a major change at the end of the third millennium BC - at the period when the Akkadian Empire dramatically collapsed. We learn that climate change may have been responsible - and the cooling period between 2300 and 2000BC appears to be what they are finger pointing (but I may be wrong). Later, at some stage, farmers in Tibet began growing wheat and barley - and it is suggested this was as a result of the cool weather.

Dinosaur Australia

At http://phys.org/print348483517.html ... dinosaur footprints have turned up on an Australian beach - but they are only exposed during spring tides. This indicates the continental shelf around western Australia was dry land at the time.

One interesting aspect is the equipment used, a light-weight LiDAR laser scanner developed by CSIRO that apparently fires lasers into the atmosphere from a spinning mirror. Distance is measured when the laser bounce back.

George Dodwell

George Dodwell's name keeps cropping up recently, on the Internet. He crops up every now and again at SIS. It's difficult to know how much reliance we can have regarding his curve - but he appears to have contradicted Newcomb's 'Formula for the Obliquity of the Ecliptic' big time.

fingers in the ears

Meanwhile, we had comets and meteor dust in AD536 - and now we have a catastrophic end to the Late Bronze Age. The article is published in the Daily Mail and was forwarded courtesy of Gary Gilligan - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3038573/Bronze-Age-civilisations... ... and the point is this is nothing new and SIS has been banging on about it for years - but mainstream has its fingers in its ears.

back to 536AD

I've already done this story but it has popped up again as New Scientist is offering it as a free to download article in order to entice new contributors. The link was sent in by Chris Phillips - go to www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129520.700-ad-536-the-year-that-winter-... ... published in New Scientist issue 2952, 20th January 2014. It seems the article has now gone back into a paywall.

Peter M James, global cataclysms

Peter M James second article at www.ncgt.org/newsletter.php (March issue, page 87-98) is interesting but we need to bear in mind he is not an archaeologist or a historian, which explains why he gets the Hyksos mixed up with end of LB and end of the Old Kingdom. SIS has published lots of articles on Holocene neo-catastrophism so the subject is well known to most readers and they will be able to take him to task for this and that, I'm sure. However, he is a geologist and is at his best in that subject matter.

Why Egypt Fell

The link below is to a video of a programme on Discovery Channel some time ago. It relates the story of archaeologists seeking to understand why the Old Kingdom fell - and why eighty per cent of villages in the delta ceased to exist (suddenly and dramatically). Of course, if you look at the event from a terrestrial point of view you will reach a terrestrialised answer. In the case of the film makers the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire in what is now Iraq, fell as a result of drought.

Gobekli Tepe

George Howard has uploaded an interesting video at http://cosmictusk.com/common-culture-embraces-the-younger-dryas-boundary... ... which is worth watching. When did civilisation really begin?

Mons Olympus and the three volcanoes on Mars

Emilio Spedicato is a well known figure in catastrophist circles and over the years has come up with some very good ideas. Over at www.q-mag.org/the-pyramids-of-giza-the-belt-of-orion-and-three-volcanoes... ... he has come out with an alternative to the Bauval and Gilbert interpretation of the lay-out of the three main pyramids in Egypt. Apparently, La Violette and others have claimed they do not exactly match the alignment of the three stars in the Belt of Orion and therefore our friend and his associates looked around for an alternative astronomical phenomenon.