Gary Gilligan sent in these links - a surprising view of the Sahara. Go to https://www.newscientist.com/article/2077342-secret-sahara-reveals-fairy... ... and https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27971-humans-accidentally-created... ... https://www.newscientist.com/article/volcano-hunters-dig-into-the-sahara...
At www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decades-long-quest-still-earth-man... ... great article - very interesting. The ingenuity of humans (or some of them). Geologists are trying to actually drill down into the earth's Mantle.
The article begins with a picture of a broken massive great drill bit. These guys are serious. Big time. Hitting the Mantle is the quest - and they are about to do just that.
Is this significant? A comment at http://joannenova.com.au/2016/01/great-barrier-reef-an-icon-that-half-of... ... comment at 7.28am on January 30th. He said the Great Barrier Reef is 500,000 years old, we are informed, but it hasn't always looked as it does today. Reefs on Australia's continental shelf system have taken on many forms during that time depending on sea levels - which implies they have changed on multiple occasions. The current formation of the reef is only 6000 to 8000 years old.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.