Catastrophism news

fire planet

At ... Han Kloosterman has an interesting correspondence with Derek Age. Kloosterman begins by quoting Ager's book, The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record, Harford Press:1973 where he reports on chalk depressions in the southern counties of England, such as the Devil's Punchbowl near Brighton. Chalk run off from the process of making the depressions is rich in snails, and there is evidence of a charcoal layer. Kloosterman's point is that Ager preferred a uniformitarian explanation in preference to a catastrophic one.

divine purification

Divine purification as a result of chastisement is one way to look at meteoric bombardment of the earth in the past - and catastrophic upheaval of Bronze Age civilisations. At ... we have this point of view expressed in response to the second SIS Cambridge Conference. We hear of the Clube and Napier hypothesis, Marie Agnes Courty, Harvey Weiss, Benny Peiser, Lars Franzen and Thomas Larsson, all speakers and presenters at the conference, and taking a bit from this one and then that one.

giant lizards

At ... we learn that the ancestors of Aborigines may have lived alongside giant lizards that lived in Australia as recently as 50,000 years

bronze age impact site

William Thompson forwarded the link ... 'Characteristics of a Holocene impact layer in an archaeological site in SE Bavaria' which involved the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Germany. The event took place during the German Bronze Age (distinct from the Bronze Ages dates in the ancient Near East).


At ... there is a marvellous piece by Rens Van Der Sluijs on the food of the gods and the idea of people feeding from the sky. The notion of the edible sky, consisting of an oily substance that people could eat is a quite common theme of ancient mythology, he says, providing examples from Africa to Europe and the Americas etc. How far back does the idea go? Has it got anything to do with the electric universe theory?

Chelyabinsk airburst

An article in Physics Today (Sept, 2014, page 32) by David King and Mark Boslough, describes what happened when the Chelyabinsk meteor exploded in an airburst event over Russia in 2013. The article can be acessed in full at (or Mark Boslough has been criticised by some commenters over at for his treatment of the Younger Dryas impact theory.

Milankovitch and polar wander

At ... there is some surprising information about the man a lot of catastrophists regard as an arch villain of unifomitarianism, infamous for his exercise in mathematics that worked out the three cycles in the orbital history of the Ice Ages. In fact, keying in his name into your search engine reveals him to be an altogether interesting fellow that deserves a closer look.

Dennis Cox

A good take on cosmic impacts and any kind of catastrophe can be found by going to ... Dennis Cox is an ex military man who expanded on his experience of the effects of bomb blasts to research into cosmic air blasts and has extensively used Google Earth to seek out geological oddities - and then got out his walking boots to go and investigate the anomalies on the ground. One of these oddities is the occurrence of ignimbrites. These are according to mainstream views  the result of lava outflows - or volcanism.

Permian theory

At ... geologists working in Siberia (Russian and American) are blaming volcanics for the extinction event at the Permian boundary, a somewhat obvious discovery as they were looking at the Siberian Traps (a huge outpouring of basalt lava). What caused the volcanics is another matter.

Andrew Hall

Thunderbolts this month also has a piece by one Andrew Hall, described as an engineer and writer. He is clearly somebody with his feet on the ground.