Catastrophism news

Victor Clube at the 2010 Conference on Quantavolution

The talk is available for download from ... the talk has the title, 'Global Warming and the Disallowed Protestant Calendar' but has nothing to do with the global warming debate at all except to point out that the warming trend out of the Little Ice Age is one thing and pollution as a result of industrialisation is a different issue.

Cosmic Fireworks

At there is suddenly a flurry of posts after a long period of inactivity - on meteorites and fireballs. For example, a fireball train in 1913 was recorded by a Canadian painter, Gustav Hahn. The story comes from and continues by saying the meteorite train was seen right across the praire States to the Atlantic coast. They appeared to an observer as slow moving, a perfect formation.

The Fire Spitting Uraeus

Member Gary Gilligan whose web site is at has added new information on a new page, and this time has concentrated on the fire spitting uraeus, protector of the red sun. This an opportune moment in fact as various media outlets have been depicting a previously unknown Egyptian female pharaoh that has come to light, picturing her crown which parallels those of Gary on his web site. Egyptologists  tend to pass over such things as crowns without comment - or the barest of sentences.

Mammoth and Mastodon cache in the Colorado Mountains

The mountains of Colorado are not recognised as a haunt of mammoth or mastodon - but they are digging them up at a reservoir near a ski resort (see ). The reservoir had been drained and the bottom was being dug out by bulldozers when the bones were found - and the search is being expanded. Mastodons are usually found in eastern North America. In addition, a complete juvenile mammoth was found intact buried in silt.

The 300/200BC event

We now have the 300/200BC event (see ... Dallas Abbot, a geologist based at Columbia University in New York, says an asteroid 183m wide crashed off the coast of New Jersey and sent a tsunami surging across what is now New York city over 2000 years ago.

Hazards from Space .... including a relook at the Tunguska event

At we learn that the Panoramic Survey Telescope has discovered an asteroid that will come within 4 million miles of the Earth in mid-October (a couple of weeks to go). It's a bit early for 2012 predictions and the object is just 150 feet in diameter. It will not strike the Earth, we are informed - and just as well, but scientists suspect there are many more of them under a mile across that have not yet been discovered - and you never know.

Comets and the Bronze Age collapse

George Howard, at September 26th ... has posted an article by Bob Kobres that acknowledges it is based on an artilce published by SIS in C&C Workshop 1992:1. This version has some additional images. One interesting point made by Kobres comes from Martin Brennan's The Stars and the Stones (Thames and Hudson: 1984) (reviewed by SIS a number of years ago) and concerns Tara, a ritual complex of the gods 10 SW of Newgrange.

The Trojan War

It seems that some European scholars have recognised there might be a connection between a comet or meteor and the end of the Late Bronze Age which in turn sparked an earthquake storm across the plate boundaries from the Aegean and Anatolia to at least as far east as Pakistan and India. Two articles in a book, Science and Technology in Homeric Epics (2008) are relevant. One is by Amanda Laouipi and the other by SP Papamarinopondas.

... yes, there are nano diamonds at the YD boundary event, preserved in ice on Greenland.

This is a paper by Kurbatov, Mayewski, Steffensen, West, the Kennetts, Bunch, and others which can be downloaded free in full text from August 31st. Recommended reading. Basically, a small layer of free nanodiamonds in very high abundances implies an unprecedented influx of extraterrestrial material  that occurred over the last glacial episode. From that layer nanodiamonds and hexagonal diamonds (lonsdaleite) of the order of many times grreater than background levels in adjacent younger and older ice.

No nano diamonds at YD boundary ....

Embedded resistance to the YD boundary event is evident in the post at (see also ), a report on a paper published in the August 30th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by Tyrone Daulton, Pinter and Scott et al. They say they could find no evidence of nanodiamonds in YD boundary material - and this means the impact hypothesis has lost it's sparkle.