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Crocodiles and Climate

At ... the ancient distribution of crocodiles could be used to reveal information about past climate. On the other hand, they may reveal more about earth changes. It seems some crocodilians are sensitive to changes in temperature - but other kinds of crocodile are not. Or that is the theory been promulgated. Mapping the distribution of the different species of crocodilia (ostensibly using fossilised remains) may reveal more about 'global' climate millions of years ago.

Muck and Hancock

At ... Muck, Mammoths and Extinctions. Was Alaska the scene of a great cataclysm at the end of the Ice Age. This comes from Graham Hancock's web site. He says the evidence of a cataclysm first began to take shape in the 1930s and 1940s and derives primarily from the work of Frank Hibben and Froelich Rainey (both cited extensively by Velikvosky in Earth in Upheaval).

Australian Wipe Out

At ... climate change sparked mass ice age extinction event in Australia, 30,000 years ago. From turtles as big as 8 feet across, and lizards 6 feet long, the megafauna of Ausatralia was astonishing - yet they were wiped out in a mass extinction event which involved a sudden change in climate and environment. In spite of this researchers regularly blame Aboirigines for killing these big animals (using wooden spears to attack armour coated lizards).

Minch Basin Crater

At ... some time ago geologists came across evidence of an archaic impact event in NW Scotland but where the crater was situated eluded them. Not now it seems they have found it - 15 to 20km west off a remote part of the Scottish mainland, buried beneath both water and younger rocks, in the Minch Basin.

Hiroshima Glass

Sent in by William - go to ... it has been discovered that the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in WWII left behind glass spherules - much like the asteroid at the K/T boundary event. The blast turned part of the city itself, its buildings, into molten glass - in the form of spherules that rained down around Hiroshima. To for material into glass - vitrification - temperatures need to be above 1800 degrees C. The atomic bomb caused sand and rocks in the Bay to reach such temperatures.

Taurid Swarm

At .... a study by the University of Western Ontario has investigated the potential risk from Taurid meteor swarms. Do they pose an existential threat to the inhabitants of the Earth. The 1908 Tunguska explosion is considered a one in a thousand years event but the Taurid swarm, a dense cluster within the Taurid meteoroid stream and through which the Earth periodically passes, provides a possible reason for the one in a thousand year time scale.

Mud Ball

At ... which is actually a meteor the size of a washing machine that broke apart over a small town in Costa Rica a few weeks ago. It fragmented into a lot of small pieces. One of these, apparently a rock, crashed through the roof of a house and broke the dining room  table - although we aren't told how severe the damage might have been. The meteor has been classified as a 'carbonaceous chondrite' which are rich in organic compounds and water.


It is calculated the asteroid/comet that struck the Earth at the K/T boundary was about 14 km across. The Chicxulub crater has a diameter of 200 km. See ... the crater is now covered by younger sedimentary material and was not spotted until 1991. Drilling on the crater took place in the 1990s, and again in 2002. It was then decided to do a fuller investigation in 2016 and the cores are now stored at the Univeristy of Bremen in Germany. The impactor created an enormous ring around the outside of the crater - and another ring inside the crater.

More on Sodom

At ... in 1908 a massive blast in Siberia flattened 2000 square kilometres of uninhabited taiga forestry. Curiously, no crater was found. Scientists explained it as a meteor exploding 5 to 10 km above the surface of the Earth. An interdisciplinary team of archaeologists and scientists are now using the 1908 Tunguska event as a model to explain the mysterious ending of a thriving civilisation near the Dead Sea.

Giant Beavers

At ... giant beavers once roamed North America, alongside woolly mammoths and giant sloths. They all disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene. These beavers did not munch and crunch on wood (trees and saplings) but thier diet, instead, consisted of aquatic plants. We might wonder if these aquatic plants were themselves giants in order to accommodate giant diets. It is thought their food source would have disappeared at the end of the Ice Age (as the climate of North America became warmer).