Geology news

sea level change

At ... there is a translation of an article by Dr S Luning and Prof Fritz Vahrenhalt, posted by Pierre Gosselin. The two authors wrote the book, The Kalte Sonne (the cold sun), which caused a bit of a stir a couple of years ago (there is now an English translation of their book).

Somerset crocodiles

At ... tells a story of the discovery of fossils in Ilminster in Somerset back in the 19th century. They have been in a museum store room for close to 150 years but it seems somebody recently spotted them and had a close look. They are fossils of a marine eco-system going back to the era of the dinosaurs.

silica in planets

Gary Gilligan sent in the following link - ... which is a comparison of Mars with the Earth. Gary asks - does it also have a rich silica Mantle? However, the article emphasizes that feldspar and quartz were present, similar to the granite of the Earth.

earthquake storms

There is also another interesting article in the June issue of the New Concepts in Global Tectonics journal (page 233) ( ... 'Migrations of foreshocks and/or volcanic eruptions' (from Blot's migration law) by Giovanni Gregori. Blot claimed that one earthquake can migrate and spark another earthquake elsewhere, or even a volcano. They are capable of chasing each other which is fundamentally what Claude Schaeffer theorised in his 'Chronologie Comparie' (1948) as closing markers during the Bronze Ages.

Sydney volcanoes

At ... an extinct volcanic plateau has been discovered in 4900m deep water off the eastern coast of Australia

Mount St Helens 2

At ... or ... the crater of Mount St Helens, in spite of still recovering from its recent volcanic activity, now holds a growing glacier. It is situated in the hollowed out caldera where lava flowed just a few years ago. It has been dubbed the Crater Glacier according ot the operations director of Mount St Helens Institute see also

Utah dinosaur pit

at ... dinosaur boneyards are an interesting aspect of the geological record. One such can be found in a Utah quarry that is roughly an hour's drive from the small town of Price.

is subduction real

Earthquake research came up with subduction to account for tectonic activity in some regions of the planet. However, it very quickly became a boon for the developing Plate Tectonics Theory (in the mid 20th century). It appeared to make sense, allied to the idea of sea floor spreading (an adaptation of continental drift). In spite of the beauty of the match there has always been problems - from the first hatchings of Plate Tectonics. Mainstream tended to ignore the mismatches, and the anomalies, thinking it was just a lack of data.


  I was watching a BBC television programme the other day on the Messel shale formation. It was fronted by the agreeable Richard Fortey - who was the face in the camera.

ice cores, sea floors, the age of the Earth

At (part one), 8181 (part two) and 8503 (part three) we are told that ice cores must be wrong as the Noachian Flood took place around 4500 years ago - and the ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica must have formed within that time scale. This is a case of mental gymnastics, even more breathtaking than Gunnar Heinsohn's audacious trunscation of historical records and archaeology.