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Patrick McCafferty

What has Patrick McCafferty been up to since he gave a talk at an SIS meeting a few years ago? Well, he pops up as a co-author with Dallas Abbott in an article on Comet Halley -go to

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Dinosaur droppings - and the sea that covered half of Britain and lots of Europe

In the 19th century fertiliser was at a premium. Soot, bones, ashes, dung, maltings and various other things were tried in order to increase the productivity of soils. The most effective fertiliser was guano, bird droppings from S America (but it was highly prized by other nations and cost money to transport and was very expensive). Suffice to say that guano didn't appear on many farms over here - but something else did.

Donald Patten

Donald W Patten, a geographer by training, was born in 1929 in Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. He died recently and will be buried on February 20th in Seattle. He leaves behind seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. He was the owner of Microfilm Service Co. and the Pacific Meridian Publishing Co. He had a lifelong history in ancient history, ancient literature, climatology, genetics, geography, geomorphology, mathematics and philosophy.

Ice Age mammals and their feeding habits

One of the big problems uniformitarians have is the diet of Ice Age mammals. We've all heard of those mammoths that were found with grasses, sedges, and buttercups in their stomachs but it seems that is not enough - it is too temperate perhaps. Hence, the search has been on for an Ice Age diet befitting the tundra and the permafrost zone - and here we have another hypothesis at ...

Smacking Mars

Space rock hit Mars on a regular basis. At ... we have a crater 100 feet in diameter at the centre of radial burst (see also which happened some time between July 2011 and May 2012 (see also

Overkill, or Natural Disaster?

At ... one of the most implausable theories is that humans were capable of killing off the great herds of the Ice Age - such as mastodon, mammoth, giant bison etc. Armed with bows and arrows, they are supposed to have gone on a killing frenzy and set about other animals too, such as giant beaver, giant sloths, and the like, as well as the herbivores.

A letter from Workshop 2:4 (1980)

The letter is by WL Goodman of Bristol, and is as follows ...

775AD, update

The Usoskin and Kovaltsov paper at arXiv (see link on two posts previous to this one) is by two scientists who have previously written on the subject (2012, 2013) and appear to underestimate the ability of the coma of a comet being waggled by the solar wind. The necessity for a huge comet is assumed because in mainstream theory comets produce such effects due to heat (from the Sun) rather than from the electro-magnetic flux. Hence, it is likely the Chinese study won't too easily go away. It is backed up by a genuine observation.

It didn't take long ...

The Chinese paper on a comet involvement in the C14 spike at 775AD, as recorded in Tang astronomical records (Liu et al, Nature Science Report 4:3728, 2014) has lasted just a few days before news of another paper debunking a comet connection (Ilyan Ususkin and Gennady Kovaltsov, 'A comet could not produce the C14 spike in the 8th century' which has been released as a pre-publication paper at arXiv). They appear to actually ignore what the Chinese are actually saying, picking up on the news blurb rather than the actual paper itself.

Han Kloosterman

At ... Han Kloosterman contracted throat cancer quite some years ago and when he spoke at an SIS meeting at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, it was difficult to make out all that he said. He compensated for this with a massive barrage of images to back up what he was saying. It was quite an impressive performance. He is still active, in his 80s, but is now forced to use walking sticks for his geological field trips - quite amazing.