Catastrophism news

YD event update

Bill Napier reports that a Canadian radar meteor team has confirmed and modelled the predominance of Comet Enck/progenitor in the Zodiacal Cloud (a catastrophist model). At this moment in time the thesis goes unchallenged in astronomical circles. Nobody has produced a viable objection to date as yet. A meteoroid storm, he asserts, is a plausible scenario. He continues by saying he would like the progenitor to be some 100,000 years of age (in the solar system) which is in line with Fred Whipple. However, David Asher and Duncan Steel see it as somewhat younger.

Coal through the microscope

Go to http://geology.com/articles/coal-through-a-microscope.shtml where it says microscopes reveal the hidden nature of coal - made from thick accumulations of plant debris, mixed with swamp sediments. Also, coal contains a lot of charcoal - as a result of fires raging through the landscape as the coal was being formed. Now, that is catastrophic.

Near Earth Objects

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1306555/Our-terrifyingly-crowded-solar-system/ is a short post with a video clip of the asteroids that fly close to the earth - and only those discovered by telescope. It excludes the additional near earth objects found by the WISE mission. It was compiled by astronomer Scott Manley over the last 30 years. He is a former research student at Armagh Observatory.

A new paper on nanodiamonds at the YD boundary

At http://cosmictusk.com we have news of a new paper due to be published by the Journal of Glaciology by Kurbatov, Mayewski and Steffensen et al which presents evidence for a prominent peak in nanodiamonds in a narrow layer of ice in Greenland ice cores that date just prior to the YD boundary event. A direct link to the article will be available in due course.

Impact on Antarctica

At www.dailygalaxy.com August 17th ... there is a post on the impact crater discovered beneath the ice of Antarctica. At 500km across it is the biggest yet known. It dwarfs the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan (demise of the dinosaurs) so it must equally have been associated with geological and biological changes - so the reasoning goes. However, dating something under the ice is difficult but scientists have looked around for a suitable 'big' event and noted one at 250 million years ago, at the Permian-Triassic boundary.

YD Boundary event - critics thick and fast

George Howard at http://cosmictusk.com/space-com-zoe-macintosh-and-the-delusory-dr-pinter-another-confusing-half-truth-botch-job-on-the-YDB-hypothesis/ on a mounting number of critics who purposely skew the evidence to make it look awry. Sounds just like AGW resistance to the sceptics. Common sense doesn't exist in science - does it?

Kamil Crater

http://cosmictusk.com July 25th ... reports on a National Geographic story about a fresh crater found in Egypt. The Kamil crater was initially identified during a survey of satellites images on Google Earth. It is thought the crater is no more than a few thousand years of age - 147 feet wide and 52 feet deep. It has been calculated that a 4 and a quarter feet wide iron meteor smashed into the desert - and survived almost intact (without burning up).

Han Kloosterman and Velikovsky; part 2

George Howard's web site http://cosmictusk.com/deep-time-impact-induced-volcanism-a-collaquy/ is basically a discussion between Hermann Burchard and Han Kloosterman on catastrophism - or that is how it begins. Once again Velikovsky crops up - and our Peter Warlow. Kloosterman syas Velikovsky was more of a scholar than a scientist and he collected some 25 earth reversal myths (1950) and speculated on the earth decelerating and then accelerating in the opposite direction, ignoring the energy problem.

The Younger Dryas event pops up again

http://cosmictusk.com/guest-blog-rodney-chilton-author-of-sudden-cold-an-examination-of-the-younger-dryas-cold-reversal/ - this post is actually a reposte to NASAs David Morrison who wrote a piece in Skeptical Enquirer that criticised the Younger Dryas cometary connection.

Han Kloosterman

At George Howard's web site http://cosmictusk.com/guest-blog-a-catastrophist-manifesto-from-johan-bert-kloosterman/ ... this was originally written for an American Geophysical Union meeting at Acapulco in Mexico in May, 2007. It has already been mentioned on In the News, a couple of months ago, and I have posted it once again as it has accumulated an exchange of emails at the bottom of the article  which includes a discourse about Velikovsky.