Geology news

The new island off Japan

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Door to Hell

In this post at ... hell is invoked, a bit of a tabloid 'word-play' on an unusual story. The door to hell is in the desert of Turkmenistan and is a huge man-made crater of fire and boiling mud, a former gas field that has been burning unabated for some 40 years. It has become a tourist attraction,


There be gold and nickel in them there craters

At ... it seems geologists might have a new way to look for gold in them thar' hills - find the crater and then dig out the gold. Geologist Bob Watchorn has finally nailed down a huge impact structure in Australia after years of speculation and investigation. He has calculated that all the gold and nickel fields in Western Australia's 'eastern gold fields' fall on rings picked out by Landsat imaging.

Dinosaur flatulence and global warming

At ... Tim Cullen takes aim again at the Earth Sciences and a Wikipedia entry that claims, 'palaeo-climatology research published in Current Biology suggests that flatulence from dinosaurs may have warmed the Earth'. Was this an entry inserted by one of the CAGW 'thought police' that patrol the corridors of Wikipedia seeking out and deleting anything off message - anything that disagrees with doomsaying and CAGW alarmism.

Patterns in Geology

At ... Tin Cullen gets more and more interesting as he probes down through the uniformitarian minefield of geology. Silicates, according to the consensus view of the late 19th/ early 20th centuries, were thought to have had a gelatinous stage before ripening to become agates, and this involved liesegang rings.


At ... see picture below. This was taken a few weeks ago and shows just what landscape features an earthquake can create - a huge crack in the ground and a wall of rock.

Loess formation

There is another paper out this month that may be saying more than it actually admits in the written form - go to where the published article is commented on (from Quaternary Science Reviews). The authors have found evidence that the great rivers of East Asia control dust and sand transportation and deposition.

NCGT Journal (September 2013)

The September issue of NCGT Journal is now available to download and print out in pdf at (or ... William Thompson forwarded the link where there are some interesting letters as well as articles, with geophysics the main focus. Basically, it is a forum for those geologists and geophysicists who aren't in love with Plate Tectonics, the likes of David Pratt for example.

co2 blamed for geological change 55 million years ago

At ... a core sample from New Jersey geology, in a region once beneath the sea (55 million years ago) has clay bands around 2cm thick that appear to have been laid down rhythmically, or cyclic. As such, they were akin to tree rings, providing an annual pulse, a yearly amount laid down as strata. I've heard similar wave patterns in sediments described as Milankovitch periods but annual changes preserved in the geological record doesn't appear to comply with uniformitarian geochronological parameters.

Sahara Dust in the Everglades

This story is at several places with a different emphasis at some of them. At ... there was an abrupt climate shift in the Florida Everglades at 800BC. Obviously, it impacted a larger region than just southern Florida - but this is where the field research took place. A prominent semi permanent high pressure weather pattern commonly known as the Bermuda High dominated the weather. As a result of the shift  tropical storms that routinely struck Florida moved to the south - the Gulf of Mexico.