Catastrophism news

giant lizards

At http://phys.org/print362229294.html ... we learn that the ancestors of Aborigines may have lived alongside giant lizards that lived in Australia as recently as 50,000 years

bronze age impact site

William Thompson forwarded the link http://impact-structures.com/news/Stoettham_c.pdf ... 'Characteristics of a Holocene impact layer in an archaeological site in SE Bavaria' which involved the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Germany. The event took place during the German Bronze Age (distinct from the Bronze Ages dates in the ancient Near East).

manna

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2015/09/07/food-for-thought/ ... there is a marvellous piece by Rens Van Der Sluijs on the food of the gods and the idea of people feeding from the sky. The notion of the edible sky, consisting of an oily substance that people could eat is a quite common theme of ancient mythology, he says, providing examples from Africa to Europe and the Americas etc. How far back does the idea go? Has it got anything to do with the electric universe theory?

Chelyabinsk airburst

An article in Physics Today (Sept, 2014, page 32) by David King and Mark Boslough, describes what happened when the Chelyabinsk meteor exploded in an airburst event over Russia in 2013. The article can be acessed in full at http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/67/9/... (or http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.2515). Mark Boslough has been criticised by some commenters over at http://cosmictusk.com for his treatment of the Younger Dryas impact theory.

Milankovitch and polar wander

At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milutin_Milankovitch ... there is some surprising information about the man a lot of catastrophists regard as an arch villain of unifomitarianism, infamous for his exercise in mathematics that worked out the three cycles in the orbital history of the Ice Ages. In fact, keying in his name into your search engine reveals him to be an altogether interesting fellow that deserves a closer look.

Dennis Cox

A good take on cosmic impacts and any kind of catastrophe can be found by going to https://cometstorm.wordpress.com/a-different-kind-of-climate-catastrophe/ ... Dennis Cox is an ex military man who expanded on his experience of the effects of bomb blasts to research into cosmic air blasts and has extensively used Google Earth to seek out geological oddities - and then got out his walking boots to go and investigate the anomalies on the ground. One of these oddities is the occurrence of ignimbrites. These are according to mainstream views  the result of lava outflows - or volcanism.

Permian theory

At www.livescience.com/52017-catastrophic-volcanoes-caused-biggest-extincti... ... geologists working in Siberia (Russian and American) are blaming volcanics for the extinction event at the Permian boundary, a somewhat obvious discovery as they were looking at the Siberian Traps (a huge outpouring of basalt lava). What caused the volcanics is another matter.

Andrew Hall

Thunderbolts this month also has a piece by one Andrew Hall, described as an engineer and writer. He is clearly somebody with his feet on the ground.

Black Sea flood

The Ryan and Pitman claim (back in 1997) that the Black Sea was flooded when a rock sill at the Bosporus was breached and salt water from the Mediterranean gushed into the freshwater lake system of the Black Sea and changed its composition for ever, dating the event around 8000 years ago (or slightly earlier) caused a bit of a stir, to put it mildly. The response was multi-pronged - even the Creationists were against the proposal.

under the waves

The ancient geography of the Mediterranean Basin has been profoundly changed by sea level rise following the Late Glacial Maximum. This global event led to the retreat of coastlines as a result of water locked up as ice - or that is the way it is usually explained and  visualised by scientists and lay-people alike. Frozen water led to the emergence of vast areas of continental shelf and islands that are now submerged features on the sea bed.