Catastrophism news

Toba Super Volcano

At last the Toba super volcano catastrophe idea has been squelched - see www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22355515

Ancient Lead Levels

At http://phys.org/print286532235.html ... a lake in Iberia, in the Sierra Nevada, over 3000m above sea level, has revealed evidence of atmospheric polution around 2000BC. The researchers have blamed the polution on humans as they also seem to have found high lead levels in the Roman period. They are saying that metal smiths in the Early Bronze Age were responsible, on the assumption a great deal of bronze making was going on in Spain and Portugal.

Why did European DNA change 4000 plus years ago?

Is this a bit of Daily Wail fluff or a piece of spin on a string - or is there something important to be learned - see www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2313677/Why-did-Europeans-sudden... ... and the clue might actually be in the addition of Stonehenge - sure to scratch some heads. However, the same story pops up at www.geneticarchaeology.com/research/Ancient_DNA_reveals_Europes_dynamic_... ...

End Times

It seems that it is not just Christian millenarianism that is expecting the end of the world is nigh, but some Islamics think we are also in the End Times. A new book available from Amazon and produced by D'Aleman Publishing is available on Amazon in a paperback version with a content that involves comets, asteroids, millenarianism, and an Islamic angle that is not appreciated in the West. See Adam to Apophis: asteroids, millenarianism and climate change, Nicholalas Costa and Nema McMorran

Marie-Agnes Courty and Eric Coqueugniot

Another important paper put online by George Howard at http://cosmictusk.com/courty-2013/ ... which I will probably get back to later as far as commenting is concerned. Basically, she has moved on from the end of Akkad catastrophe and is now looking at evidence of airbursts in the Pre-pottery Neolithic Period (Syria), the Pre-Halaf and the Early Bronze Age, at the site of Da'de.

Notes on Sekhmet

Gary Gilligan sent in some further information about the goddess Sekhmet - who embodied the 'flaming' sky and 'flame of heaven' (see also his web site and the various images of Sekhmet at www.gks.uk.com).

Xanthus quenched by Hephaistos

The backdrop of the Trojan War is fascinating as in the Iliad we are told the fleeing Trojans reached the head of the river Xanthus when the river god became angry. He had grown restless as a result of all the killing on the battlefield and raised himself high, a great flood of waters that sounds very much like an earthquake induced tsunami wave. See John Crowe's web site on his two books, The Troy Deception, the main thrust of which is that Bergama was Troy rather than Hisarlik, the consensus choice - at http://troy.kriskemist.com/supporting-paper/blow-for-troy/

Landscape fires and asteroids

No, this is not out of a catastrophist book or part of the Younger Dryas debate but comes straight from the horses mouth at the AGU, the geological and geophysical mainstream in the US - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/27/asteroid-likely-caused-global-fire... ... revisits the idea an asteroid struck the Yucatan and seems to suggest it coincided with the Cretaceous-Palaeogene (or K/Pg rather than K/T boundary, for some reason) (T being Tertiary which includes the Palaeogene).

Manhattan Fireball

Keeping the Russian meteor story alive and kicking - another big fireball has been seen, along the east coast of North America - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/another-big-meteor-this-time-o... which provides lots of links. See especially http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/213/03/05/andrew-cooper-were-the-recent-a... where the comments have been accumulating since I last posted on this (the subject is the trajectory of the Russian meteor).

Chelyabinsk Meteor

Already up in Wiki ... didn't take long. 13 pages on the February 15th Russian meteor, with lots of mainstream information - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Russian_meteor_event. The shockwave damaged around 100,000 properties in Chelyabinsk (home owners, schools, medical facilities, factories and sport facilities). These were mainly broken windows, damage to peripheries such as balconies, porches and flimsy roofing etc.