This refers to a paper by a German-British team of geoscientists that say that the warming of the cold Younger Dryas period happened rapidly but at different times. In Germany's Eifel region it occurred 120 years prior to when it did in southern Norway See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/04/rapid-climate-changes-in-the-young...
Well, what caused it is a matter of debate - if you go to Piers Corbyn's web site he predicts earthquakes from solar and lunar cycles, and sun spots. What caused the earthquake is therefore open to question but a whole lot of research articles have been published as the tsunami wave generated by the earthquake was so horrifying for the people of Japan in its path. At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130501101307.htm ... the earthquake is in effect a landslip at a fault line - shifting by 50m or more.
A fossilised pair of froghoppers have been found in the act of copulation - dating back to the Jurassic. The discovery, in Chinese Mongolia, indicates forcefully that rapid death and instant preservation took place.
At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/03/a-new-look-at-greenlands-ice-sheet... ... I suppose the impetus for this article comes from climate change - is the ice melting in Greenland, can it happen rapidly, and what is the scare factor on the CAGW measurement meter. We have had several SIS articles on this subject where it is equally a matter of speculation that ice sheets come and go more quickly than mainstream allows.
At http://phys.org/print304594532.html ... some new discoveries on foraminifera, the tiny shells of sea creatures such as plankton that are an important prop of Ice Age theory - and palaeo climate history in general. These shells hold clues about the composition of the sea water they lived in and Science (Nov 22nd) and Biogeoscience (Oct) provide the necessary news. Sediment cores are used to reconstruct prehistoric climate - and in the oceans of the world this involves the innocuous remains of foraminifera (plankton) shells.
At http://phys.org/print304596241.html ... (the same story is at http://wattsupwiththat.com and has hundreds of comments to wade through) but basically we learn that methane is bubbling up from the East Siberian continental shelf system in the Arctic Ocean (opposte Ellesmere Island and the top of Greenland). This shelf system was dry land in the Pleistocene, according to some geologists, part of the Beringia complex (now drowned). It is thought to harbour the remains of lots of Pleistocene mammals.
Changing sea levels, or a reconfiguration of the oceans, are sometimes to be found in the most surprising of places. Anyone holidaying in Shropshire, about as middle of southern Britain as you can get, cannot help but be impressed by such geological formations as The Wrekin or Wenlock Edge. Another interesting feature is the Long Mynd, a very long piece of upland that stands out of the Shropshire plain like a huge boil. It is quite high - enough to be covered in moor like habitat rather than the rich farmland below.
We know it was smaller in the Medieval Warm Period otherwise Scandinavian farmers would not have colonised the edges of the ice sheet and therefore it is capable of shrinking and growing, as it did in the Little Ice Age. Now we have a paper in the journal Geology that claims the ice sheet was much smaller between three and five thousand years ago, in the Bronze Age - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/22/study-greenland-ice-sheet-was-smal...
In this post at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2510546/Hole-40-years.html ... 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,