Catastrophism news

The Ice Age ice cap

At http://phys.org/print377424373.html ... a series of shots of the ice cap growing and receding during the Late Glacial Maximum is illuminating. It relies on collated data - which is based on certain geological assumptions but never the less it does provide us with a view of how the ice cap grew - and then subsided (over time).

Velikovsky

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/03/05/scientific-elitism-is-fundamentall... ... we have lots of evidence of this with some of the government chief scientists of recent years over here in the UK. Scientists doomsaying on global warming, a discipline they know very little about. They might be proficient in their own fields but are all at sea outside their own bubble.

Extraterrestrial Sands

Gary Gilligan has a new book, 'Extraterrestrial Sands' which is available via Amazon. Quartz sand is anywhere and everywhere imaginable on the surface of the Earth. Sand can be found on deserts like the Sahara, Arabian and Gobi deserts, and the Kalahari, Atacama and Australian deserts - but where does it all come from? The consensus opinion is that it formed over millions and millions of years through erosion of rocks. However, the Sahara and Arabia were green until five thousand years ago - even wet until 8000 years ago.

mainstream catastrophism

Seems like mainstream catastrophism is getting closer and closer to the age of human kind. At http://phys.org/print375517399.html ... we have 'multiple cosmic impacts' at 790,000 years ago - and the consequences were 'dire' we are told. At a localised level there were earthquakes and fires taking place over hundreds of kilmeters - and tsuname waves caused by some of the objects landing in the seas. Dust and gases were ejected into the atmopshere blocking out sunlight and lowering surface temperatures.

humanity absolved

A few weeks ago I posted a story about a mammoth graveyard in Siberia where a village had been built on top without anyone  realising what lay underneath their houses - initially. At the excellent site (lots of pictures( http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0214-paleothithic-m... ... where the idea that some of the carcasses had been butchered because stone tools had been found, ostensibly tools for cutting hides and flesh rather than for killing them, and in a minority as well.

Ice Age ice

At http://phys.org/print375009120.html ... although the paper is presented as part of the global warming discussion, presumably as a requisite to garner funds for further research, the conclusions may also have a catastrophist angle - but only if you think movements at the Poles are a possibility. The jury is out on that one. Mainstream is adamant that it can't be done - but being a trifle irreverent we should always keep an open mind (shouldn't we?)

Chelyabinsk

Seems like there are things about the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013 that have gone unanswered - see http://phys.org/print374749581.html. It exploded at an altitude of 20km and released 500 kilotons of energy, 20 times more energy than the Hiroshima bomb. The shock wave generated was strong enough to create structural damage on the ground over a distance of 75 miles (mainly broken glass). However, this is nothing in comparison to the 1908 Tunguska explosion over Siberia which generated 5 megatons of energy and flattened a wide swathe of boreal forest.

catastrophe in ice ages

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/01/29/study-suggests-a-sea-level-climate... ... this will probably prove to be an important paper as published in the journal Science (Jan 2016) as it introduces an element of catastrophism into the Ice Age debate - normally missing. The idea is that Ice Ages coincide with hydrothermal activity at mid ocean ridges - how catastrophic can you get as that is supposed to be the point at which plates stretch outwards.

The return of Odysseus

On New Chronology Yahoo Group there has been a debate surrounding recent re-interpretation of the Homeric story of Odysseus Return to Ithaca (the Athens peninsular). Athens, it is worth pointing out appears to have survived the the worst effects of the Late Bronze Age calamity and large numbers of refugees sought safety there (Cambridge Ancient History) - much as a modern disaster or war might cause refugees to seek the nearest point of refuge.