Catastrophism news

algae blooms

At http://phys.org/print393574680.html ... a giant algal bloom in the Southern Ocean may tell us something about how the chalk of southern England formed. Chalk is one of the mysteries of geology. It is known what it is made from - the shells of microscopic algae (coccoliths). These shells are generally broken and in a state of disrepair and the major theory is that they have been eaten and the shells deposited as detritus that has fallen on to the sea floor. However, in most cases the chalk is exceedingly pure - white as white can be and hundreds of feet thick.

Mammoth

At http://phys.org/print393496757.html ... a mammoth head complete with tusks has been unearthed in a canyon  on one of the Channel Islands (Channel Islands National Park, N America). It raises two interesting points. One, charcoal samples taken from near the skull have been dated 13,000 years ago. This coincides with another C14 date of human skeletal material found on the same Santa Rosa island back in 1959, of around the same point in time.

Utah water fowl

I don't suppose water fowl are too common in the Great Basin, although there are some lakes, relics of much larger bodies of water. The environment is generally dry but in the past it has been quite wet - enough rain to form lakes. Even at 12,000 years ago water fowl (ducks and geese etc) were definitely on the menu of hunter gatherers - see http://westerndigs.org/12000-year-old-camp-found-in-utah-may-have-expert... ...

Chinese Flood

This is the famous flood of the yellow emperor Yu that is being talked about, dating back to around 4000 years ago. It is mentioned by Paul Dunbavin in The Atlantic Researches and by Moe Mandelkehr in The 2300BC Event (as well as various other catastrophist authors), but most importantly emperor Yu sits at the very beginning of the Xia dynasty. To put it into context Xia ran contemporary with Middle Kingdom Egypt and Middle Bronze Age in the Levant and Mesopotamia.

Another one bites the dust ...

At http://phys.org/print389515752.html ... in a discussion of fossil vultures we are tolt they disappeared alongt with other meg-fauna from N America, SE Asia and East China during the Pleistocene extinctions (variously between 40,000 and 12,000 years ago).

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.