Catastrophism news

Xanthus quenched by Hephaistos

The backdrop of the Trojan War is fascinating as in the Iliad we are told the fleeing Trojans reached the head of the river Xanthus when the river god became angry. He had grown restless as a result of all the killing on the battlefield and raised himself high, a great flood of waters that sounds very much like an earthquake induced tsunami wave. See John Crowe's web site on his two books, The Troy Deception, the main thrust of which is that Bergama was Troy rather than Hisarlik, the consensus choice - at

Landscape fires and asteroids

No, this is not out of a catastrophist book or part of the Younger Dryas debate but comes straight from the horses mouth at the AGU, the geological and geophysical mainstream in the US - see ... revisits the idea an asteroid struck the Yucatan and seems to suggest it coincided with the Cretaceous-Palaeogene (or K/Pg rather than K/T boundary, for some reason) (T being Tertiary which includes the Palaeogene).

Manhattan Fireball

Keeping the Russian meteor story alive and kicking - another big fireball has been seen, along the east coast of North America - see which provides lots of links. See especially where the comments have been accumulating since I last posted on this (the subject is the trajectory of the Russian meteor).

Chelyabinsk Meteor

Already up in Wiki ... didn't take long. 13 pages on the February 15th Russian meteor, with lots of mainstream information - see The shockwave damaged around 100,000 properties in Chelyabinsk (home owners, schools, medical facilities, factories and sport facilities). These were mainly broken windows, damage to peripheries such as balconies, porches and flimsy roofing etc.

Russian Meteor ... Tom Findlay chips in

Tom Findlay has just had a book published, A Beginner's View of our Electric Universe, so he was directly asked a couple of pertinent questions by one of the correspondents on the Eric Aitchison email thread (see, it ain't all chronology and other subjects crop up). On the subject of the Russian Meteor he said its entry into the atmosphere involved a 17 second passage at around 40,000kph during which it is claimed the rock was heated by air friction alone to such a degree that it melted and disintegrated with a force greater than 30 Hiroshima bombs.

Patten and Hatch

The resonant orbit of the Russian meteor and the bigger piece of space rock prompted member William Thompson to send in some information on Patten and Hatch, well known from Marvin Luckerman's defunct journal Catastrophism and Ancient History (they wrote several articles) and books and articles on the orbit of Mars and how it may have affected Earth on several important occasions in the past. The articles in CAH can be accessed via or if you have a thick wallet, by purchasing the Catastrophism CD Rom (on sale on this web site).

Russian Meteor, is neo-catastrophism coming of age?

You'd think so when you read the piece at ... as there are a lot of people out there that have a career revolving around looking out for space rocks. Astronomers are keen on impactors but many geologists are luke-warm. Some of them don't even want to face the reality of 140 + known craters.

Russian Meteor and Late Bronze Age Destructions - update

It seems the recent Russian meteor did in fact generate seismic waves that were picked up in the US by seismographic stations. They are used to study earthquakes around the globe - see

Energy from the exploding space rock created pressure waves in the atmosphere that moved rapidly outwards - but also spread 'within' the Earth as a seismic wave. Is this vindication for Claude Schaeffer?

Meteors in the Past

More evidence for historical episodes of cosmic airbursts and rocks out of space comes from the Song of Ullikummi - see George Howard begins in defence of Marie-Agnes Courty and her work on soils dating to the collapse of the Akkadian Empire in the late 3rd millennium BC - cue for Grondine to make a connection with the Song of Ullikummi.