Geology news

Jurassic Argentina

At http://phys.org/print375851809.html ... Palaeontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic fossil bed in Patagonia - four years after it was first discovered. The site spans 60,000 square km and has an amazing diversity of fossils. Most of them were recently exposed by erosion and can be picked up from the surface (which is why scientists were loathe to make a public announcement). The Jurassic landscape is laid bare, it is claimed, one of thermal waters, lakes and streams with plants etc.

Zanzibar

At http://phys.org/print375437395.html ... alathough the subject of this article is environmentalism and scare mongering about rising sea levels and the extinction of animals, we do learn an interesting fact. Zanzibar only became an island roughly 11,000 years ago. Large animals such as zebra, buffalo and water buck were common but when they were cut off from the mainland they died out - or that is the assumption. It is thought rising sea levels were responsible but is that the whole story. It sounds a little trite. Zanzibar is very close to the equator.

drilling the Mantle

At  www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decades-long-quest-still-earth-man... ... great article - very interesting. The ingenuity of humans (or some of them). Geologists are trying to actually drill down into the earth's Mantle.

The article begins with a picture of a broken massive great drill bit. These guys are serious. Big time. Hitting the Mantle is the quest - and they are about to do just that.

How old is the Reef?

Is this significant? A comment at http://joannenova.com.au/2016/01/great-barrier-reef-an-icon-that-half-of... ... comment at 7.28am on January 30th. He said the Great Barrier Reef is 500,000 years old, we are informed, but it hasn't always looked as it does today. Reefs on Australia's continental shelf system have taken on many forms during that time depending on sea levels - which implies they have changed on multiple occasions. The current formation of the reef is only 6000 to 8000 years old.

watery ice

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/proglacial-mega-myths/ ... we have an irreverent attempt to demolish the Ice Age story. It is also a swipe at the uniformitarian mind-set as he compares the Ice Age story with the Biblical deluge story, saying they are much of a sameness (apart from a single event being replaced by many events). Ice Ages are the secular version of the Flood - or that is what he implies. Having manufactured a story, he says, they still have to account for a few inconvenient mega flooding events - as the geology does not lie.

Baikal

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/carbon-14-the-baikal-excursions/ ... this is an interesting read but not sure what to make of his train of thought. From the perspective of somebody highly sceptical of the Settled Science agenda Tim Cullen is always worth browsing. Lake Baikal in Siberia is 395 miles long and 49 miles wide - and is the deepest lake in the world at 1642m. Local legend is reputed to say the lake is not 25 million years of age, per mainstream, but was formed when a huge stone fell out of the sky that shook the Earth.

deluge

sticking to a watery theme, at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/the-deluge/ ... Tim Cullen get to look at Noah and all that - and the fountains of the deep. What were they?

coal

At http://phys.org/print372520223.html ... it seems that coal was formed 300 million years ago just as Pangea was in the process of coming together - or that is the current theory on offer in PNAS (January 2016). This contradicts a popular theory geologists seem to have taken a fancy to over the last few years and this is that coal was formed in the Carboniferous in a 60 million year gap between the appearance of forested landscapes and the evolution of wood eating microbes in between.

Deserts

MJ Harper has proposed a new theory on the formation of deserts - which is novel if nothing else. You can buy a video from Amazon - 'The Distribution of Deserts, a New Teory' by MJ Harper. There are lots of videos on deserts on www.youtube.com but these are mostly mainstream - Harper is a novel theory. Deserts, surprisingly occur at all kinds of latitudes so there might be something in what he says. Evaporation of the oceans and mountain formations (with a rain shadow on one side) are favourtite explanations but Harper has something else - plant respiration.