Catastrophism news

Tsunami markers

Tsunami is a Japanese word and they have been a feature of Japan's history for as long as it can be gleaned. Previous inhabitants left stone markers showing where the tsunami wave reached. They had various inscriptions warning of the link between tsunami and earthquakes (see ) but modern Japanese people had been lulled into a false sense of security with sea walls and other structures designed to hold back water.

Jet Streams as dragons of old

At it is suggested the jet streams were anciently more visible and they were likened to encircling serpents in the sky. This idea is another twist in interpretation of myth. We have had comets as sky dragons and aurora as undulating serpents and now we have the jet stream as an alternative. These are narrow currents of air between the troposphere and the stratosphere, the web site says, and they were more pronounced in the past as a result of dust and debris captured in the upper atmosphere.

Comet Storm

One man writing down what he thinks might have happened at the end of the Pleistocene - Dennis Cox, April 2011, at ... It all began as a hobby, hunting for meteorites, a popular pastime in the States as they fetch worthwhile sums of money, aided by his military training in assessing battle and blast damage from bombs etc (using aerial photography). He applied the same technique in his search for meteorites, finding evidence of blast on the ground - impact geology.

The third YD impact crater has been found

The  story is at ... unaware of the first two it now seems this one makes three - two underwater and one in a bog and dated, it is alleged, to the YD boundary event. This comes after considerable criticism by retractors who joyfully pointed out the fact there are no known impact craters dating to the YD boundary - debate is hotting up again it seems.

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.