Catastrophism news

Henry Hoyle Howorth

Here is a man to reckon with, one Henry Hoyle Howorth - go to ... and this one is a cracker (worth a read to get the measure of the man). I've never heard of Henry Hoyle Howarth, and nor I expect, have most people, but he was a catastrophist very much in the mould of modern variations of that state of mind.

Acid Rain events

At ... you can read the abstract of an article with the title, 'Late Glacial Fire and Nitrogen dynamics at lacustrine sites in Alabama and Michigan: evidence of an acid rain event?'. Sediments from three lakes show roughly coeval nitrogen perturbation at the onset of the Younger Dryas (with a distinct shift in vegetation alongside evidence of landscape fires).

The 'end' of Younger Dryas event

At ... it seems a new ice core in Greenland has thrown up a few surprises - wild swings in temperature and weather. The authors discover wind direction and the frequency of storms in specific years of the YD period.

Why was there so much co2 in the Jurassic?

According to a report at ... which is assumed to have caused a greenhouse effect and led to high temperatures on Earth. This has rapidly become a geological consensus view - but where did the idea come from?

Don't worry, you can trust us

In one of those peculiar stories the author keeps telling the reader, don't worry - its not going to happen. Apparently, we are informed, the Poles are not going to flip over. The author says it so many times you begin to think, perhaps something dreadful is going to happen and they're trying to hide a nasty reality from you. The story referred to is at

Dinosaur molecules

At ... focuses on the research of Mary Schweitzer who came out with the idea organic molecules can be preserved for millions of years, entombed within rocks. She looked at dinosaurs - out of preference. Her team claim to have extracted  structures resembling blood vessels and the residue of proteins. These fossils open a new window on the past.

William's catastrophist list

William Thompson has now had his catastrophist list posted by George Howard - go to ... which is good news for William Thompson and easily accessible for SIS fellow members to access with immediate click on to the list. Good news for us all. It has gone down well at George's web site - which is excellent news.

Cantre'r Gwaelod

At ... is about the petrified trees of Borth, and asks if they are linked to the legendary kingdom of Cantre'r Gwaelod. I can therefore be described as a piece of speculation - but in this instance there is undoubtedly a grain of truth. The remains are said to date back 6000 years ago - yet, in the same headline they are said to be from the Bronze Age (between 4000 and 3000 years ago). Recent storms uncovered the huge forest off shore from Borth, the stumps of hundreds of trees.

Ninsianna - Venus comet or a comet comet?

In 1912 Franz Xaver Kugler discovered a reference to year 8 of Ammisaduga (see Peter James, Centuries of Darkness, 1991, appendix 3) in some fragmentary Babylonian clay tablets. It recorded the appearances and disappearances of a celestial body going by the handle of Ninsianna. This goddess is usually identified as the same figure as the better known goddess Ishtar, and both have tended to be identified with the planet Venus. Bernard Newgrosh did this in an important article on Ninsianna in an SIS journal some years ago. Also, Velikovsky assumed Ninsianna was Venus - but why?

Turning over like a Potters wheel ... and the Big ugly Og

Don Mills, on the Eric Aitchison chronology discussion (contact address available if you wish to participate) chips in on a debate about the Ipuwer Papyrus and the fact it is a similar document to other MK examples of the same kind of verbals and therefore must refer to the First Intermediate Period. Velikovsky of course claimed it really belonged to end of Middle Kingdom. He suggests Velikovsky was a bit naughty as he didn't finish off a quotation from the papyrus.