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7 Jan 2019
Jokulsargljufur

At https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31356229  ... we learn that a huge canyon on Iceland was created by a few days of catastrophic flooding. The Jokulsargljufur canyon is 28 km in length and up to 100m in depth - cutting directly into basalt (former outpourings of lava). It is home to a powerful waterfall - and this has cut back through the basalt (sometimes at an astonishly quick rate). How do they know this.

6 Jan 2019
Climate Change in History

Gary sent in the link www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech.article-6555999/ ... how climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse - which is derived from the US magazine The Conversation - via the medium of https://phys.org/print465725917.html ... the link to which was sent in by William. This is a typical hotchpotch by a journalist as the historical reality is a little more complicated. The journalist has managed to combine several hundred years of history into a single event.

3 Jan 2019
4 Billion miles away

The flyby by New Horizons, zooming past Ultima Thule, has got a lot of people excited, and on the same day we have the Chinese landing a spacecraft on the dark side of the Moon. At https://phys.org/print465644260.html ... we are told Ultima Thule looks like a brick red snowman. The first pictures are filtering back to Earth from New Horizons and NASA scientists are keen to get across mainstream theory - too impatient to wait for further images. The smaller part of the object is 9 miles wide (the snowman's head) and the bigger part is 12 miles across (the snowman's body).

3 Jan 2019
Fleas

Sent in by Gary. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6546689/Humans-NOT-rats-blame-sp... ... where we learn that research by Oslo University into an outbreak of bubonic plague in Glasgow back in 1900 was not spread by rats - or fleas on rats. It is suggested that human fleas were to blame - accusing the Glaswegians of the period of poor sanitation. It is of course a theory but one that will probably stick like glue as it involves the occupants of tenements in the Gorbals. Were they Scots fleas - or Irish fleas.

3 Jan 2019
Drowned Villages

This one comes courtesy of Anne-Marie de Grazia. At www.q-mag.org/neolithic-avant-garde-village-in-israel-drowned-by-tsunami... ... we are told that around 8000BC sea levels rose enought to re-establish a link between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. By 7000BC the waters of the Persian Gulf were rising - and around 6000BC it rose again. Around 5000BC sea level rounded out to near enough modern levels (followed by minor oscillations). There is something wrong here but it is difficult to pin down as exponential sea level graphs can come up awry.

3 Jan 2019
Universe Growing in Leaps

At https://astrobites.org/2019/01/02/growing-once-growing-twice-or-three-times ... an open access article at the arXiv portal has an interesting contribution. It suggests the universe has undergone more than one phases of accelerated expansion. The first, of course, coincided with Big Bang, and right now we have another dose of expansion - or that is the gist of the theory. We are told that it was realised back in the 1990s that the universe was expanding - and it now increasing at an increased rate. Or that is the interpretation of the red shift phenomenon.

3 Jan 2019
Swinging Sahara

At https://phys.org/print465661093.html ... a study claims the Sahara desert swings between lush and arid every 20,000 years, a cynchronism with monsoon activity. This old chestnut has been dusted down and resurrected as it involves the tilt of the earth on the Milankovitch model - and the 21,000 year cycle. It involves an analysis of the laying down of Sahara dust on sea bed off the coast of West Africa - over the last 240,000 years. They claim the Sahara swings between wet and dry at regular intervals, the monsoon system recharging itself with the direction of tilt.

1 Jan 2019
EU UK

At https://www.electricuniverseuk.eu/videos/ ... your chance to view a couple of videos on the SAFIRE project. You can also buy or rent videos of all the talks at the 2018 EU UK conference (at the above link). It will set you back the princely sum of £12-99.

29 Dec 2018
Tsunami wave 1500m high

William sent in the links. Go to https://eos.org/article/huge-global-tsunami-followed-dinosaur-killing-as... ... huge global tsunami followed the dinosaur killing asteroid impact - with waves up to 1500m high. Water then began to fill the gaping crater formed by the impact which triggered a secondary tsunami event. The Gulf of Mexico was effected the most - but its configuration was somewhat different in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. According to consensus Plate Tectonics there was a yawning gap between North and South America - and the isthmus did not exist.

24 Dec 2018
Altai Ice Age

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/24/the-discovery-of-tree-stumps-under-gl... ... this is a really important discovery in Russia - the discovery of tree stumps dating back between 60,000 and 40,000 years ago, in the middle of the last Ice Age, 600 metres above the modern tree line in the Russian Altai Mountains. Now, what could have caused that?