Catastrophism news

Cuban Meteor

Sent in by Gary. I didn't take much notice as I thought it was a run of the mill meteor in a tourist hotspot. Seems not. At https://phys.org/print469445038.html ... on February 1st 2019 a bright meteor crossed the sky over the Caribbean Sea and was especially bright over Cuba. This was during the middle of the day so lots of people with video cameras aimed their gadjets at what was left of it - a smoke trail (a cloud left behind by the burn in the atmosphere). There was also a sonic boom to wake people up and make them look upstairs.

European Monkeys

At https://phys.org/print469093287.html ... artificial acretion of sand at a harbour extension near Rotterdam (moving sand around from the sea bed) have turned up some unusual European inhabitants - many moons ago. Two Dutch scientists discovered the teeth of several macaque monkeys in sand dredged up from the bottom of the North Sea. They are thought to date back to the last interglacial period around 115,000 years ago. Previously, dredging and the nets of fishermen have hauled up mammoth remains and those of woolly rhinoceros, moose, cave lions, elephants etc.

Sent in by William

Sent in by William - https://www.yahoo.com/news/more-asteroids-strike-earth-since-age-of-dino... ... and also https://phys.org/print266934601.html ... which is an interesting story in that since 290 million years ago asteroid strikes have become more common. I suppose it must depend on what data they possess for the situation prior to 290 million years ago - but never mind. The key, in their mind's eye, is that a major smash-up in what is now the asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter, may be responsible.

Jokulsargljufur

At https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31356229  ... we learn that a huge canyon on Iceland was created by a few days of catastrophic flooding. The Jokulsargljufur canyon is 28 km in length and up to 100m in depth - cutting directly into basalt (former outpourings of lava). It is home to a powerful waterfall - and this has cut back through the basalt (sometimes at an astonishly quick rate). How do they know this.

Tsunami wave 1500m high

William sent in the links. Go to https://eos.org/article/huge-global-tsunami-followed-dinosaur-killing-as... ... huge global tsunami followed the dinosaur killing asteroid impact - with waves up to 1500m high. Water then began to fill the gaping crater formed by the impact which triggered a secondary tsunami event. The Gulf of Mexico was effected the most - but its configuration was somewhat different in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. According to consensus Plate Tectonics there was a yawning gap between North and South America - and the isthmus did not exist.

Hiawatha Update

The full article on the impact crater found beneath a glacier in NW Greenland is now available - at http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaar8173

See also https://cosmictusk.com/10206-2/

Megalodon Extinction

Megalodons might be something you know about because your children or grandchildren have been on You Tube looking for monster animals - and Megalodon were giants of the shark world. At https://phys.org/print463749152.html ... at 2.6 million years ago there was a huge spike in iron-60 radiation, we are told. A new paper in the journal Astrobiology (December 2018) by a Brazilian team of scientists is proposing an interesting idea.

Greenland Ice Shearing

At http://sciencenordic.com/greenland-icebergs-may-have-triggered-younger-d... ... courtesy of https://cosmictusk.com/younger_dryas_ice_bergs_greenland_hiawatha_comet/ ... Greenland ice bergs may have triggered the Younger Dryas event is the title of what is a 2013 post. This is a variation on the old theory that Canadian melt water flow into the North Atlantic and caused the cooling period (which lasted a 1000 years, or longer). As such it is a peculiarity as climate blips usually  last a fraction of that time.

Meteor Explosion

It seems the meteor explosion over the Dead Sea has caught up with mainstream - see https://phys.org/print463220038.html ... which begins by telling us the South West Trinity team have been excavating at Tall el-Hammam for the last 13 years (and will be back there again in the new year). The civilisation on the Middle Ghor (or Kikkar Plain) had lasted all of 2500 years and was prosperous in the MB era. It had a perimeter wall a 100 feet thick, and 50 feet high - a quite formidable defensive barrier. It had multiple gates, and towers, and all were obliterated in an airburst event.

Hibben in for rehabilitation

Hibben in for rehabilitation. A doubtful ending to a long saga but it seems all the internet anti-Hibben verbals may have got it wrong after all - and there is a catastrophe at the heart of the Alaskan muck deposits. However, not a single catastrophe but a succession of them, all in keeping with the Clube and Napier Taurid complex theory of the 1990s. Go to https://cosmictusk.com/alaska-muck-hibben-frozen-mammoth-comet-catastrophe/ ... for the full article published in Nature last year (2017) - with no sign of a response from mainstream.