Catastrophism news

The fightback cometh ... all of a quiet

Not CAGW magic tricks this time but the YD boundary impact hypothesis has suddenly made a comeback - in PNAS (see or Further articles from new authors on the subject, including scientists from a variety of disciplines, are due to publish shortly, a surprising and unexpected bounce back after all the angst of last year.

Velikovsky Heresies

Gary Gilligan spotted this book for sale on Amazon, see and the product description is as follows .... it provides new evidence from recent space probe missions to support Velikovsky's theories on Venus, presents recently translated ancient texts from China, Korea and Japan that seem to describe a comet like appearance to Venus, and examines evidence of major geomagnetic events in 1500 and 750BC that he claims coincide with close passes of Venus.

An Alaska 'big wave' event at the end of the Pleistocene?

Over at there is the claim of a huge tsunami wave at the YD boundary - or thereabouts, with some nice Native American artwork to kick it off. Deposits of sea shell and other oceanic detritus found in the Juneau area stratigraphy seems to have been washed ashore from a wave rather being laid down over time. The consensus opinion seems to be that the area was once beneath the sea - a common geological definition whenever sea creatures are found in what are now land-bound locations.

Clams and African iron smelting

At ... clams have been found at hydro-thermal vents in the deep ocean - in the Mariana Trench. This is located in the western Pacific, east of the Mariana Islands and the trench is around 1580 miles in length - a sort of underwater Rift Valley and created, it is thought, by one plate moving beneath another (paper published in PNAS, Feb 9th 2012).

Younger Dryas impact theory has not gone away

At news of a new paper, 'Framboidal iron oxide: chondrite like material from the black mat, Murray Springs, Arizona' where it is argued they are the product of a hyper velocity event. This paper, and another recent one by Andronikov, come a year after another group of researchers claimed the YD impact hypothesis had been put to bed. George Howard clearly thinks it still has some mileage - the evidence is piling up, he says. In contrast, the science press is keeping a low profile - very low.

Velikovsky's Sources

Bob Forrest wrote a couple of articles published by SIS and it seems he was in regular communication with Rene Gallant, author of Bombarded Earth (as we know from the private letters of Eric Crew as well as Gallant).

The Peter Warlow tippe top theory and the last Ice Age

If Peter Warlow's interpretation of the Late Glacial Maximum at the 2007 SIS Cambridge Conference has any substance to it then it follows that climate in East Asia will have been somewhat different than expected in the purely Milankovitch based consensus model. Peter Warlow (see also SIS Review 2008) placed the North Pole in the Davies Straits which gave a revised Arctic Circle. Suffice to say that a large part of Siberia was excluded - which is actually what facts on the ground might be saying.

The Meaning of Vedas

Yes, back to that interesting web site, which is an attempt to explain Indian mythology in the context of catastrophism. In chapter 18 the significance of the year 3102BC is emphasized. In Indian belief this year marked the beginning of a new era, the Kali Yuga. Tradition claimed that the planets Saturn, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, the Sun and the Moon, were all situated near the nakshatria Revati.

The T/J extinction event

The boundary between the Triassic and the Jurassic coincided with a major extinction of species - but what caused this to happen? Scientists are now looking at the possibility of an impact from space - see No obvious crater has been found but distortion of the geological layering has been found, a signature of a violent event of some kind. The rocks of Britain are especially rich in Jurassic remains - even within inland counties. However, the boundary event can be seen quite clearly below cliffs in Antrim, and in Somerset and South Wales.

Whales in the desert sands of Chile

The discovery of 80 whales buried in the Atacama desert of northern Chile during the building of a highway has reappeared as a post at - sent in by SIS member William Thompson of Massachusetts (but see also and ). Look at all three sites as there are some wonderful pictures.