Catastrophism news

Moon Madness

The March 19th Full Moon is being mooted as potentially dangerous as the Moon is slight closer on average than it normal orbit - and this might cause further earthquake activity as a result of tidal forcing (see the story at March 14th). A NASA spokesman poured cold water on the idea as the Moon only appears be larger and closer and there is really no difference in size or proximity.

Roman Empire - collapse in the west

At the url says it all, the end of the Roman Empire and the descent into a cold wet phase of northern European climate - but what else was going on? Grondine focusses on barbarian migrations, volcanoes, earthquakes, plagues, aurora, comets, famine and fireballs etc.

Ice Age skull from Mexico

National Geographic News Feb 18th had a piece on exploration of underwater caves on the Yucatan peninsular where they have found some interesting objects ( ). In a deep pit that is known as the Black Hole they came across an Ice Age mastadon and bones of other Pleistocene fauna ... and a human skull. To reach the Black Hole they travelled through 4000 feet of passages using underwater propulsion vehicles. The pit was some 200 feet deeper than the surrounding cave, and 120 feet in diameter.

536-45AD - volcanoes or cosmic debris?

At George Howard is adding the 6th century AD volcano or cosmic event to his web site - beginning with two articles which can be downloaded. The first is by Mike Baillie, Proposed Re-dating of the European ice core chronology by 7 years which counters arguments by Larsen and Briffa (the tree ring specialist that fiddled temperature data in Siberia).

Ice Age Graveyard

The Daily Telegraph (see January 23rd) ... construction of a dam on a reservoir near Aspen high in the Colorado mountains, has led to the discovery, so far, of 600 bones preserved in sediment at the bottom of what was an Ice Age lake. Mastadon, bison, deer, and a ground sloth are among the remains, the bones still white and pieces of trees with bark still on the branches and leaves that have been preserved in an uncurled green condition.

Comets - impact and airburst events during the Holocene

There is a paper by Mike Baillie published in the Journal of Quaternary Science (2007) 22 (2) page 101-9 (see and DOI:10.1002/jqs.1099) However, to download the full pdf article go to 'The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the Late Holocene', Mike Baillie, Dept of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University, Belfast.

Can the Earth Crust Slip?

This fascinating post can be found at the blog of EM Smith, 'Musings from the Chiefio' and posted on January 22nd. He ponders for awhile on whether the crust of the earth might slip and therefore create 'Pole Shift' - presumably along the lines of Hapgood. He doesn't reach a conclusion, as he generally does not in any of his posts, but is instead thinking aloud - and thinking what many regard as impossible.

Civilisation Collapse

At is an interesting piece worth reading that attacks the environmentalist idea of civilisation collapse as a result of human exploitation of old mother Gaia. Benny Peiser is of course a former prominent member of the SIS, contributing articles and organising one of the SIS Cambridge Conferences.

Lake Victoria (Australia)

At ... see the Forum section and a discussion of some of Peter Jupp's ideas (he is a member of SIS, and his DVDs are available via the SIS Sales or can be purchased directly from his web site where short You Tube videos of them can be viewed online to give an idea of what the DVDs offer). In this instance the Forum is discussing the possibility that an Aboriginal gathering of peoples was destroyed by an auroral discharge (Wal Thornhill).

The YD boundary event splutters once again

The big news at this week is that a former critic of the YD boundary event has, out of nowhere, changed his mind - see Scribd paper available to download as a pdf document (5 pages). This turn around comes after Phil Cleays had said in a December 2009 paper (just 12 months ago) 'the geochemical story is finished; its over. There is nothing, no meteoritic signal.