Geology news

watery ice

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/proglacial-mega-myths/ ... we have an irreverent attempt to demolish the Ice Age story. It is also a swipe at the uniformitarian mind-set as he compares the Ice Age story with the Biblical deluge story, saying they are much of a sameness (apart from a single event being replaced by many events). Ice Ages are the secular version of the Flood - or that is what he implies. Having manufactured a story, he says, they still have to account for a few inconvenient mega flooding events - as the geology does not lie.

Baikal

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/carbon-14-the-baikal-excursions/ ... this is an interesting read but not sure what to make of his train of thought. From the perspective of somebody highly sceptical of the Settled Science agenda Tim Cullen is always worth browsing. Lake Baikal in Siberia is 395 miles long and 49 miles wide - and is the deepest lake in the world at 1642m. Local legend is reputed to say the lake is not 25 million years of age, per mainstream, but was formed when a huge stone fell out of the sky that shook the Earth.

deluge

sticking to a watery theme, at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/the-deluge/ ... Tim Cullen get to look at Noah and all that - and the fountains of the deep. What were they?

coal

At http://phys.org/print372520223.html ... it seems that coal was formed 300 million years ago just as Pangea was in the process of coming together - or that is the current theory on offer in PNAS (January 2016). This contradicts a popular theory geologists seem to have taken a fancy to over the last few years and this is that coal was formed in the Carboniferous in a 60 million year gap between the appearance of forested landscapes and the evolution of wood eating microbes in between.

Deserts

MJ Harper has proposed a new theory on the formation of deserts - which is novel if nothing else. You can buy a video from Amazon - 'The Distribution of Deserts, a New Teory' by MJ Harper. There are lots of videos on deserts on www.youtube.com but these are mostly mainstream - Harper is a novel theory. Deserts, surprisingly occur at all kinds of latitudes so there might be something in what he says. Evaporation of the oceans and mountain formations (with a rain shadow on one side) are favourtite explanations but Harper has something else - plant respiration.

Canadian Pleistocene fossils

I'm not sure if this was sent in by somebody at the contact email address or I picked it up when reading something at a web site but at www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/quaternary-vertebrate-fossils/ ... we have a wonderful resource as this concerns the Pleistocene fauna of North America. The Canadian Shield is virtually fossil free - even geology free as it has been wiped clean of everything down to the Pre-Cambrian base as a result of the ice sheet during the Late Glacial Maximum, and outwash as a result of meltwaters.

The devil's hole

   Old Nick gets about as we have a Devil's Hole and a Devil's Punchbowl over here in the UK. At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/a-climatological-tr... ... we have Devil's Hole in Nevada, situated on the edge of Death Valley in the Amargosa Desert and yet the narrow crack in the rock, above, leads down towards an underground water reservoir.

Andes Uplift

At http://phys.org/print369561139.html ... an interesting study of a massive volcanic field in the Andes that reveals a surprising amount of uplift in a short time scale, as much as 6 feet in the last 8 years. Apparently, this has occurred many times over the last 10,000 years of the Holocene.

Skye dinosaur footprints

The Times, December 2nd 2015, has a report on the discovery of dinosaur footprints on the island of Skye, which is situated off the west coast of Scotland and is renowned for its scenery (and its excessive rainfall). In the Jurassic the boundaries between land and ocean were somewhat different to what they are today.