Geology news

Unfossilisable

At http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2017-archive/january/discovery-of-new-fos... ... the fossil loriciferan is so small it was thought to be fossilisable.

Antarctica

The ice sheet on Antarctica formed at the boundary of the Eocene and Oligocene epochs which is dated at 34 million years ago on the geology chronology of the earth. No mention is made as to what occurred at the boundary. If it was this would be logged under 'catastrophism' rather than geology. There are two theories - or two theories exist that mainstream is prepared to seriously consider. The first is based on climate change.

Lost Continent

Nice picture of a beach in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean and a popular holiday destination ...

Big Floods

   ... the scablands.

 

Have a look at this web site, www.hugefloods.com/ ...      and see www.youtube.com/watch?=wJo8m4oKc6k and https://www.youtube.com/watch?=Z1jTBSNHKiY (you will have to probably key the numbers in after being sent to YouTube. You will also see other flood videos on YouTube that you can click on

Wet Green Sahara

The early to mid Holocene is renowned for the Greening of the Sahara and this implies much higher levels of rainfall than in the modern world - although other causes might be hiding in the closet. The Sahara is a largely stony desert and is dry as a result of little rainfall. Between 11,000 and 5000 years ago it was covered in savannah and pockets of woodland, with lakes and rivers and streams. It was ten times wetter than it is in the modern world. This doesn't tell us a lot as it is bone dry and covered in a system of dry wadis.

Modelling Earth Science

At https://phys.org/print403944530.html ... Plate Tectonics models are getting more complicated all the time. Apparently, subduction by itself is not enough to explain how it occurs and internal heat from earth's core is being invoked to provide extra bite to the mainstream mechanism that drives the movement of the plates. There are various mid-ocean ridges identified but in this article in Science Advances (December 2016) we are told the East Pacific Rise is stable - unlike the Mid Atlantic Ridge that may have direct coupling with the deep mantle flow.

Is the black mat in UK

At https://archive.is/zSsqZ ... I was looking at the archaeology pages on this web site and flicked on to this page, 'Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironmental Sampling' which is quite revealing as early to mid Holocene is not something you see mentioned much in geology as most of it is absent from most locations. I don't know why they use the American spelling for paleoenvironmental (rather than palaeoenvironmental) or perhaps it's me that is wrong. The findings come from three trenches cut in a river valley in SW Hertfordshire (between Watford and Hemel Hempstead).

India Plate

The second post today is another dust up with consensus science. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/india-was-by-no-me... ... India, according to Plate Tectonics theory gradually drifted away from Africa and Madagascar towards the NE and eventually collided with southern Asia after millions of years of riding the waves as an isolated island - completely cut off.

Big One

At http://nypost.com/2016/12/29/massive-anomaly-lurks-beneath-ice-in-antarc... ... this is the Big One - in more ways than one. It comes just as the Thunderbolts people are telling us craters have origins in electrical phenomena, even the one at Chicxulub that is supposed to have killed off the dinosaurs. A large and mysterious anomaly is hiding beneath the frozen waste of Wilks Land in Antarctica. It is 151 miles across - and has a minimum depth of 2700 feet. Some scientists are thinking in terms of a giant asteroid crater - twice the size of Chicxulub.

bone beds

Bone beds. What are they? It is rare to come across a complete dinosaur skeleton - or even a partial skeleton. These are what scientists like which is why the recent discoveries in China and Argentina have taken such a prominent position in various pieces of research in journals etc. The media of course also like dinosaur skeletons and most of us have been impressed by specimens in natural history museums.