Catastrophism news

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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).