In a letter to the NCGT journal of March 2013, see www.ncgt.org, Karsten Storetvedt describes his experiences trying to get geology articles published that do not follow the consensus preferred line. Facts and concepts that discredit Plate Tectonics theory, he claims, are either ignored or explained away and papers exposing critical problems with the favoured doctrine are rejected - but the reasons given for not publishing are often non-specific or just patently biased. Sounds familiar.
In the latest issue of the New Concepts in Global Tectonics journal which can be accessed at www.ncgt.org and the articles are well worth browsing. In the letters section Vidyadhar Raiverman describes the treatment his two books have received from mainstream. These are about Himalayan mountain building processes. They have largely been ignored as his ideas do not fit into the consensus view. One editor in the US openly admitted four specialists refused to review the books as they did not want to upset the Plate Tectonics applecart.
At http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/03/ancient_underwater_forest_off.html ... an underwater forest has been found ten miles off shore of Alabama - and scuba divers have come up with pieces of wood that have apparently been dated, but how sea water might affect those dates is unclear for the moment and what methodology was used. The commenters at the end of the article claimed it was C14 methodology and others claim it was evidence of a Biblical flood event.
The Weather Eye column in The Times informed its readers of a shallow pond basin, 3300 feet by 1300 feet, in a valley between steep cliffs, on Antarctica (in the McMurdo dry valley system). However, the pond feature is just a few inches deep. The water seems to be sucked out of the atmosphere and it is so salty, some 8 times saltier than the Dead Sea, that it never freezes (Nature, Scientific Reports). The big question that has occurred to space scientists is ... could water behave somewhat like this on Mars?
At http://phys.org.print282845516.html ... we learn that a chunk of continental plate is lodged underneath central California and is responsible for the so call Isabell Anomaly. This was indicated by a large piece of cool dehydrated material deep within the crust. It is now thought to be a surviving slab of oceanic plate - most of which should have been driven deeper still into the Earth's mantle.
Continuing the theme of desertification in recent posts see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120528154943.htm ... we have climate change directly involved in the collapse of the Indus civilisation, around 4000 years ago.
This story is at http://phys.org/print282294394.html ... and concerns the discovery of a hidden network of rivers flowing beneath the Greenland ice sheet, potentiallly catastrophic as far as the stability of the ice sheet is concerned. Published in Nature Geoscience it seems fairly cut and dried - but is it?
The La Brea tar pits are well known for the animals ensnared in them but there are also trees, bits of trees, branches, and various bits of vegetation equally entrapped as much as the animals - but trees don't walk and get themselves stuck in tar. It's a bit like scientists did not really want you to know about the flora in the tar pits as they had decided the animals had got their by their own volition, trapped like flies in treacle. What else are the tar pits hiding? At http://phys.org/print280656705.html ...
Phew! Saved by the bell. The consensus model of crystal formation lives to fight another day - see http://phys.org/print280505766.html Exactly how a crystal forms from solution has occupied the minds of scientists, it claims, for several years - but the missing piece of the puzzle has now been found (except that some of the researchers do not accept the findings and their names have been erased from the paper).