Catastrophism news

typhoon capers

At www.sciencenews.org/article/super-typhoon-shoved-supersized-boulder ... we learn that the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines in November of last year (2013)was so powerful a wave pushed a huge boulder 9m wide and 180 metric tones in weight, up on to the beach. The story is in a paper read at the December 2014 AGY annual meeting in San  Francisco (prior to publication in a suitable journal). It is said to the biggest known rock to have been moved by a giant wave of water - during a storm.

Back to Front

At http://phys.org/print337590873.html ... a group of geologists from MIT and further afield claim there was a major volcanic eruption just prior to the asteroid strike that produced the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan. Previously, the volcanism has been dated post the asteroid strike - so is this a bit of strained back to front thinking?

Light without the Sun

At www.GenesisFile.com ... there is, according to a recently received email suggesting we might take a look at the site, there is a presentation of a new book that seeks to rubbish the idea of evolution. The author claims to have debunked radiometric dating, for example, but then we have various claims that appear to be years out of date as far as catastrophists might be concerned - such as asking where are evolution's missing fossils. He is also at pains to demonstrate, it seems, there was one major catastrophe, the Flood, and that was it.

Milton Zysman

Milton Zysman, when discussing extinction events, said that around 30,000 years ago (please note modern calculations are anything between 40,000 and 30,000 years ago) the Earth reversed its magnetic field. This, he claimed, coincided with the appearance of modern humans and the disappearance of the Neanderthals (in western Asia and Europe). He suggested that electrical exchanges between the Earth and a passing comet was involved in the reversal event. It may even have toppled the axis of rotation, he said, re-establishing itself in an inverted position.

Palaeogene volcanism

Cave Hill dominates a portion of the landscape in the northern part of Belfast - see Down to Earth magazine issue 89, 2014 (ISSN 0969-3408) which is just four issues for a pound (great value). Cave Hill is a chalk and flint hill but it is capped by a layer of basalt. This is an igneous rock, formed when hot lava cools. It is dated to around 60 million years ago, a time of intense volcanic activity in many parts of the world. It is known as the early Palaeogene - but comes right after the end of Cretaceous K/T boundary event.

Sink Holes and Fossilised Remains

At http://news.yahoo.com/500-old-traces-monster-hawaii-tsunami-discovered-1... ... it is claimed an earthquake in Alaska was responsible in generating a tsunami wave that struck Hawaii in the 15th century AD. That s the main thrust of the news story but caught my eye is they declared a tsunami wave after investigating a sink hole 328 feet beyond the shoreline and 23 feet above sea level. It was choked with marine debris - including large quantities of corals and shells dredged up from the foreshore.

Cycling

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/de-vries-events/ ... Tim Cullen has a pop at long term solar cycles, pointing out they rely on proxy data from tree rings and ice cores (and the like) which includes C14 levels in ice cores and dust profiles created from ice cores. I found it rather intriguing that the largest amplitude of the de Vries cycle are found at 8200, 4500, 2500 and 800 years ago.

Emperor Yao

Emperor Yao was not in effect a human emperor of the Chinese but a sky deity. In his rule a deluge occurred as a result of water escaping out of a hole in the sky. He was also associated with many other wondrous events. 

Rens van der Sluijs is back on song at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/09/24/wizards-and-sourcerers/ ... which is a brilliant pun on the use of source material by scholars. He looks at four misquotes of original material and notes that going back to the original is always a worthwhile exercise.

Mesolithic star gazers

We have had cave artists from the Palaeolithic era (during the Ice Age) obsessed with the Pleiades and the Hyades. Now we have evidence of early Holocene interest in the sky - go to www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2014/mesolithic-sanctuary-r... ... a site in Pomerania dating back 9000 years or so, in effect a series of huts that have been preserved intact with their contents, is being excavated. One of the huts is thought to have belonged to a shaman as so called ritual objects were found there - including a meteorite..