Catastrophism news

Smacking Mars

Space rock hit Mars on a regular basis. At ... we have a crater 100 feet in diameter at the centre of radial burst (see also which happened some time between July 2011 and May 2012 (see also

Overkill, or Natural Disaster?

At ... one of the most implausable theories is that humans were capable of killing off the great herds of the Ice Age - such as mastodon, mammoth, giant bison etc. Armed with bows and arrows, they are supposed to have gone on a killing frenzy and set about other animals too, such as giant beaver, giant sloths, and the like, as well as the herbivores.

A letter from Workshop 2:4 (1980)

The letter is by WL Goodman of Bristol, and is as follows ...

775AD, update

The Usoskin and Kovaltsov paper at arXiv (see link on two posts previous to this one) is by two scientists who have previously written on the subject (2012, 2013) and appear to underestimate the ability of the coma of a comet being waggled by the solar wind. The necessity for a huge comet is assumed because in mainstream theory comets produce such effects due to heat (from the Sun) rather than from the electro-magnetic flux. Hence, it is likely the Chinese study won't too easily go away. It is backed up by a genuine observation.

It didn't take long ...

The Chinese paper on a comet involvement in the C14 spike at 775AD, as recorded in Tang astronomical records (Liu et al, Nature Science Report 4:3728, 2014) has lasted just a few days before news of another paper debunking a comet connection (Ilyan Ususkin and Gennady Kovaltsov, 'A comet could not produce the C14 spike in the 8th century' which has been released as a pre-publication paper at arXiv). They appear to actually ignore what the Chinese are actually saying, picking up on the news blurb rather than the actual paper itself.

Han Kloosterman

At ... Han Kloosterman contracted throat cancer quite some years ago and when he spoke at an SIS meeting at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, it was difficult to make out all that he said. He compensated for this with a massive barrage of images to back up what he was saying. It was quite an impressive performance. He is still active, in his 80s, but is now forced to use walking sticks for his geological field trips - quite amazing.

The Plight of Holocene Impact Theories - and the Role of Sodom in the Bible

At's_hypothetical_bolide ... Tollmann and Tollmann (man and wife) in 1994 proposed the idea that an asteroid or comet struck Earth at 7640BC and again in 3150BC there was something similar, but the idea has never been accepted by other scientists. Emilio Spedicato of Bergamo University in Italy included an article by the Tollmanns in a conference proceedings in the 1990s but the idea has never been accepted by scientists at large.

Natural Catastrophes during Bronze Age civilisation

Natural Catastrophes during Bronze Age civilisations, edited by Benny Peiser, Trevor Palmer and Mark Bailey, is available to download in pdf version directly from the Archaeopress web site at a cost of £18. This is half the price of the original - back in 1997. To buy a hard copy in print will set you back a lot of money nowadays but the pdf can be downloaded fairly easily - but be warned it is some 257 pages in length. Remember to have an adequate printer ink in place before you start.

Indonesian tsunamis

the province of Aceh in the west of Sumatra is indelibly stamped by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, a one hundred foot wave that raced across the Indian Ocean to devastate the coastal regions of Thailand, Burma, and the Indian subcontinent - as well as Aceh itself. Some 230,000 people perished - half of them in Indonesia.

Franzen and Larsson

Lars G Franzen and Thomas B Larsson wrote a paper 'Landscape analysis and stratigraphical and geochemical investigations of playa and alluvial fan sediments in Tunisia and raised bog deposits in Sweden' and they also had a poster presentation at the 1997 SIS Cambridge Conference. I thought I would try and see if the paper could be accessed on the Internet as after all it was published 16 years ago. So, putting their names into a search engine came up trumps - only it didn't. The first three links were all back to the SIS web site and the page on the conference etc.