Catastrophism news

Kamil Crater 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 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 - 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 ... 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.

Ancient Destructions

The web site of Peter Jupp at has some interesting articles that members, I am sure, will be interested in reading. For example, 'Bad to the Bones' is based on Aboriginal mythology which appears to refer to gods associated in some sense with the sky, a once verdant landscape, and a catastrophe that brought it to an end (written by Rens van der Sluijs).


At July 10th ... we have a story about the birth of Aphrodite but rather than rising up out of the foam of the sea she appears to have merged out of a fiery furnace - in this instance, Aprhodite of myth (a goddess figure) is equated with the planet Venus. Hence, the story is really about discoveries made by the 'Venus Express' of the atmosphere of that planet. In addition, it concerns the Russian Venura class landing vehicles that revealed a rock strewn and sandy terrain - with a surface temperature of 500 degrees.

What ended the Ice Age? June 25th ... scientists know the consensus theory is inadequate - which may come as a surprise to some. All  the textbooks are emphatic - it happened this way and they go on to describe in detail the consensus model of how it came about. The trigger was an orbital shift known as the Milankovitch Cycle. It caused more sunlight to fall across the northern half of the earth where the great ice sheets lay.

YD impact debate update

At we have a couple of stories on what is an ongoing debate - have scientists found evidence of a cosmic connection with the advent of the Younger Dryas or can the anomalies be explained by terrestrial based events. There is a critique of a paper by Pinter and Scott that claims carbon spherules of the type found in the black mat layer can also be found in forest fire incidents and therefore do not prove a cosmic origin for them.


At June 10th ... a connection has been made between La Nina sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean and drought in western Europe and the SW region of North America and Mexico, in a paper published by Geophysical Research Letters. El Nino's affect weather systems, it is thought - and therefore so too must La Nina's.

Target: Earth

Member John Plaxton recommends Target: Earth, by Allen O Kelly and Frank Dachille, Pensacola Engraving Co: 1953 a book that was published at around the time of Velikovsky. It appears to be unavailable through Amazon so any member with more information, or a brief write-up of the contents, is welcome to get in touch via news [at] sis-group [dot] org [dot] uk