Catastrophism news

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

Over at http://cosmictusk.com/alaska-big-wave-at-12900/ 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 www.physorg.com/print248086305.html ... 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 http://cosmictusk.com 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, www.themeaningofvedas.com 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 www.physorg.com/print243248317.html. 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 http://creation.com/chile-desert-whale-fossils#Ref9 - sent in by SIS member William Thompson of Massachusetts (but see also www.io9.com/5861723/what-are-fossilised-remains-of-more-than-80-whales-d... and www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2063973/Whales-desert-Prehistoric-bones... ). Look at all three sites as there are some wonderful pictures.

Alfred de Grazia is still buzzing - at 90 years and climbing.

The Quantavolution Conference in 2011 took place in October, in Athens (see www.qconference-athens-2011.grazian-archive.com ). Speakers included our very own Trevor Palmer, one of our favourite speakers, Mike Baillie, as well as Amanda Laoupi, Vladimir Rubtsov, and Flavio Barbeiro (who has contributed to SIS). Subjects ranged from doomsday cults, the 2300BC event, extraterrestrial impacts, Celtic myths and comets, plagues, advanced civilisations, sanskrit and ancient Greek gods in heaven with similarities to comets, and volcanic landscapes in the Mediterranean.

Timo Niroma

The catastrophist blog of Timo Niroma of Helsinki may have reached its conclusion. News is that he has recently died of cancer - so who might continue the good work in Finland? Timo is a former member of SIS and provided links from his web site to various articles in our journals. He was big on Clube and Napier at one time but more recently had turned to sun spots and 'coronal mass ejections' - see for instance http://personal.inet.fi/tiede/tilmari/sunspots.html which was expanded to page 7 by number. What happens to somebody's web site when they die - does it die as well?