Catastrophism news


A new book, details forwarded by secretary Jill Abery, written by SIS member David M Barker - 'Science and Religion: reconciling the conflicts' and published by Tate Publishing of Mustang in Oklahoma (2013) has arrived through the letter box. There are chapters on carbon dating, scientific ages, on comets asteroids and meteorites, on continental drift or shift, on the flood, geochronology, history or myth, evolution or creationism, astronomy and cosmological curiosities etc. It is a book I will return to at a later date - but might make somebody a nice christmas present.

Life from Chicxulub

At ... rocks from the Chicxulub asteroid 'must' have spread through the solar system, it is theorised in the arXiv paper. What do they mean? It seems the life in Earth rocks could have been carried anywhere in the solar system - to Mars or Venus, Jupiter or Saturn, or to their moons such as Callisto and Titan etc. It has been calculated some 70 billion kilograms of rock and debris could have been blasted off the surface of the Earth by the asteroid collision.

The Chelyabinsk Meteor - some research has been published

At ... there is a report on research done of the airburst event on February 15th 2013 and it claims to have revolutionised scientists' understanding of the phenomenon. The report, by Peter Jennisken in the journal Science (Nov 7th), following a field study led by Olga Popova of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, has worked out the meteor was travelling at 19km a second and fragmented as it entered the atmosphere, peaking at 30km above the surface.

How do you freeze a slab of meat as big as a mammoth

William Thompson forwarded part of a correspondence from Sam Windsor, colleague of Don Patten (in days of yore). Bearing in mind that the assumption is made that Arctic Pleistocene mammals died and were frozen in situ rather than by any other means (for example the views of Allen and Delair in various SIS articles), it is clear the pair spent a lot of time discussing how that might happen.

Some more on Patten

William Thompson sent in this link, chapter 12 'Catastrophism, Uniformitarianism, and Western Civilisation' from his book, The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch - go to

The Ring and the Ice

We are all aware of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings but where did the idea of a magical ring come from. Was it a temporary phenomenon seen in the sky (temporary giving rise to magic and the concept it would return again in the future) that appeared on different occasions in the past. It crops up in mythology quite a bit - and the ring is also a feature of Apocryphal literature. The obvious parallel is with the rings of Saturn. They were at first regarded as rock fragments similar to the composition of a meteor shower.

Patterned Peat Lands

Dennis Cox has a new post at his blog, .... he thinks he might have found some evidence of the Younger Dryas Boundary event in the Patterned Peat Lands of Minnesota. His next stop is Texas in his quest for craters and evidence of impact events.

What was mainstream astronomy doing when Velikovsky was writing his books?

Various catastrophists, in the spirit of Velikovsky, have claimed the planets were involved in catastrophic events. This was a direct spin-off from his ideas concerning Venus and allows us to consider that the solar system was not always as thus it is right now. This includes the Saturnists at Thunderbolts web site, and the idea that Saturn was formerly a Sun of the Night and the Earth was part of a polar configuration. Variations on the planetary theme have been advanced by Ev Cochrane and Dwardu Cardona - among others.

John Ackerman

New Velikosky type book out by someone known as John Ackerman, Egyptian Astrophysics: the 30 year cycles, which appears to be straight out of the Peter Fairlie-Clark stable as he is always saying cycles associated with Venus and Mars (influences) come in cycles some of which are 30 year intervals. I can't see it on Amazon but contact via email at for more information if interested.

More co2 in the air and ocean 56 million years ago

The boundary event is the same as in yesterday's post, the transition from the Palaeocene to the Eocene, but the date is slightly different - 56 million years ago rather than 55 million years ago (but what's a million years in uniformitarian geochronology - a sliver of time equivalent to the thickness of a cat's whisker).