This is another example of the uniformitarian mind. The findings, however, should not be dismissed - as they are telling us something. The story is at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/scientists-solve-my... ... and scientists solving mysteries is very often a PR tactic used by universities releasing details of research. In this instance, the mystery is how ancient lakes in N America grew enormously in size at the peak of the last Ice Age 20,000 plus years ago.
Here's one for the kiddies - and the twinkle in the eyes. Chinese researchers have come across a cache of hundreds of pterosaur eggs - flying reptiles with wing spans up to 12m across. It seems they lived in colonies - much like some modern birds. Rooks spring to mind, and budgerigars in Australia. See http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/first-3d-pterosaur-....
At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/the-incredible-daoh... ... we have evidence the Arctic was subtropical in the Jurassic and western Europe also had a pleasant enough and warm climate - and now we have evidence that NE Asia too harboured animals akin to a more benign climate than exists nowadays. At the Jehol Biota of NE China the early Cretaceous levels have revealed some astonishing dinosaurs - and evidence of feathers.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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