Geology news

Big Holey

At http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/siberias-mystery-end-world-crater-formed-after-... .... we have a piece on that crater that mysteriously appeared in Siberia - triggered, it would seem, by an explosion of some kind. The sky is also said to have glowed. This story goes back to 2013, some months after the Chelyabinsk meteor (and another meteor was ruled out for various reasons.

More on K/T in Antarctic

At http://phys.org/print384080684.html ... we learn that during the Cretaceous period Antarctica was covered in rainforest and probably looked something like a virgin New Zealand environment, or some parts of modern South America. It goes on to say that Antarctica was still at the South Pole and there were not ice sheets at the poles as the Cretaceous was a very warm period - due to runaway global warming (according to mainstream geology). Obviously, this was not human induced global warming but the claim is that the climate of the earth was so warm the ice sheets had melted.

Antarctic and the whack

The K/T boundary event (asteroid or comet whack) had a definite impact on the Antarctic according to http://phys.org/print383473445.html. Research published in Nature Communications (May 2016) analysed 6000 marine fossils that lived between 69 and 65 million years ago (the end of the Cretaceous). These were examined by scientists from the University of Leeds and the British Antarctic Survey on Seymour Island in the West Antarctic peninsular. The collection included snails and clams as well as marine reptiles.

Vesuvius

Sediments in the Bay of Naples have been explored and have revealed how the eruption of Vesuvius affected water supply and sewage/drainage systems - see http://phys.org/print382693782.html

Interestingly, a similar setback was seen to have occurred in the 5th century AD as a result of natural disasters and invasions of Italy. This led to a decline in maintenance.

The painting of the eruption by Turner ...   ...

Petrified Forest

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3593219/North-sea-reveals-7-000-... ... we have another tract of ancient forest revealed off the eastern coast of Britain - once joined to the continent (in this instance woodland stretched from NE England to Denmark). It seems it dates back 7000 years ago when it was covered in sand (a major storm event perhaps). It has been revealed as the tides have apparently washed away the sand that had covered it for so long. Again, another storm event perhaps.

Antarctic fossils

Over a ton (in weight) of fossils has been gathered in Antarctica by a team of scientists. They include marine creatures, dinosaurs, and birds (see www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-hunters-uncover-17-million-year...

At http://phys.org/print382814609.html ... giant bird fossils from Antarctica have been recorded by the Argentines. The shape of their wings allowed them to glide and cruise over large distances, like a sort of prehistoric albatross.

Earth's surface periodically moves up and down

This is a hot potato in some ways as it has been found the Earth's mantle flows and causes the crust to periodically move up and down. This observation was fine and dandy in a uniformitarian or gradualist timescale but it seems it may occur much more often than previously allowed - and the big question is how often that might be. See http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/first-global-map-of...

sand dunes

Louis Hissink on sand dunes - provoked by Gary Gilligan's recent guest post. At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/louis-hissink-sand-dunes/ .... we learn he was a geologist working in the deserts of western and central Australia. He was tasked with counting sand dunes in order to navigate (prior to GPS) so he got to learn a lot about them - and to realise the dunes were extraordinarily stationary. Unshifting. Just as well I suppose if you are going to count the sand dunes in order to know where in the desert you might be.

Sand and Gary

Gary Gilligan has an interesting article on sand at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/guest-post-by-gary-gilligan/ ... the purity of sand seems to belie the standard explanation. The amount of sand seems to defy the geological mainstream theory. How is sand transported to create vast dunes - and then we have something like this ....

Guy Berthault

Gary Gilligan sent in an interesting link - www.increasinglearning.com/blog/stratigraphy ... and see also www.youtube.com/watch?v=okJzgEZbdVg ... The former is a young Creationist web site but it seems that Berthault himself was not so inclined - see www.noanswersingenesis.org.au/berthault_is_yec_henke.htm .. where in response to a post he turns round and says he is not a Creationist. However, this view appears to have spread around mainstream and he is usually criticised on the basis his article is popular on Creationist web sites.