Geology news

Sand ... and arithmetic

Gary Gilligan has been looking at sand once again - adding a bit of arithmetic. The Nubian Sandstone geology underlies a great part of NE Africa and Arabia - as far north as Petra (where it outcrops) and most of Jordan and Israel. He claims there is an anomaly between the uniformitarian expanation on how it formed - from quartz crystals in granite, ground down by endless erosional processes over millions and millions of years, the size of the deposit and the much bigger amount of granite required in order to create the sand.

Another Look at Buried Forests in the Arctic

Axel Heiberg Island is just to the left of Ellesmere Island and has a similar geological record of forests buried beneath layers of sediment - clay, silt, and sand etc. Yes, it is at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/the-axel-heiberg-absurdities/ ... again and it seems like at the moment I am virtually reposting all his posts - but they are so good. You really need to go to the horses mouth as all I can do is give a short indication of content - and what I think might be interesting aspects of what is being said.

Ice bull dozers

Tim Cullen provides a tour of oddities on Ellesmere Island, to the NW of Greenland and abutting the Arctic Ocean, the world's tenth largest island - go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/the-ellesmere-embarrassments/

Bouncing back from Nowhere?

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/geomorphology-bending-the-truth/ ... Tim Cullen continues, asking 'Rebounding from what exactly?' - and to add colour says fear, uncertainty and doubt is a tactic used in PR circles, sales and marketing, any place where negative or false information is peddled to inhibit a rival product or claim - as in the use of PR in science, to undermine competing theories, especially anything contrary to a consensus.

More Greenland Anomalies

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/greenland-raised-beaches-II/ ... in his first post he suggested Greenland bedrock has tilted uniformly but is fractured at some point. This is further indicated as in the south of Greenland sea levels are rising - drowning Inuit ruins of Late Holocene age.

Some Greenland Anomalies

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/04/greenland-raised-beaches/ ... Tim Cullen raises some anomalies on Greenland and as always is thought provoking and perplexing at the same time. In this post it is raised beaches - and the official consensus explanation for these oddities of geology. He begins by quoting an old edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (the one with all the paper volumes and the stiff covers that were sold by door to door salesmen). This reaches the conclusion the whole of Greenland has been raised out of the sea - or sea levels have declined - in post glacial times.

Abiotic fossil fuel

At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fossil-fuels-puzzle/ ... the question is asked - where does fossil fuel come from? Is it abiotic (non-biological) in origin?

The presence of methane on Titan and in the atmosphere of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and other bodies seems to contradict the idea natural gas and oil come from organic material. Yet, similar hydrocarbons were detected during a probe fly-by of Comet Halley as long ago as 1986. See also http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiotic_oil#Extraterresrial_argument ... and www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25360516

Rutland Earth Quake

For more information on the recent Rutland earthquake go to www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/10774635/Second-earthquake-strikes-Rutland.html and www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10652099/Earthquakes-in-Britain-a-histor... ... and we may note Rutland abuts the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire, scene of not only many earthquakes but lots of light phenomena (as a result of seismic disturbance).

La Brea tar pit fossils

At www.sciencenews.org/article/la-brea-tar-pits-yield-exquisite-ice-age-bees ... the image below (at the same link) is of the pupae of a bee (comparing a real life version with the fossilised one). The species still lives in the modern world - but the fossil pupae dates from 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. The presence of bees in the tar pit suggests nearby woodland and river

banks with pollen rich wild flowers or blossom in a fairly cool and moiste climate.

Plate Tectonics and the Oceans

Another interesting article in the March issue of the NCGT Journal (see www.ncgt.org/newsletter.php page 56-60. It is on the origin of oceans and how they don't conform to the idea of new oceans by the separation of the continents. The age of young oceanic crust is defined from Jurassic to Holocene in accordance with the magnetic stripes found on the sea bed. Young oceans are said by mainstream to originate due to the stretching of continental crust (in association with subduction and rifting).