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15 Jun 2014
Dr David Evans

Major new climate change project by Dr David Evans - see http://joannenova.com.au/2014/06/big-news-part-i-historic-development-ne... ... produced without any funding whatsoever (apart from personal donations). No government handouts (grants), no environmentalist input, deep pockets (from the renewables mafia), hedge funds, banks, oil companies, all the normal villains involved in CAGW alarmism - none of that. Zilch.

15 Jun 2014
Mesolithic Great North Road

There is quite a bit of published material on prehistoric roads and tracks nowadays and it is generally though they originated as animal tracks followed by humans and evolving into human path ways (during the Mesolithic era before farming was introduced to Britain and Ireland). Roads and tracks themselves came about mainly as a result of agriculture - and the need to transfer stock from winter to summer pasture, or from field to field, or from farm to market etc. However, some long distance routes may have developed for trade and discourse.

15 Jun 2014
Water inside the Earth

At www.livescience.com/46292-hidden-ocean-locked-in-earth-mantle.html ... there is a report on another study that has found an awful lot of potential water between the Mantle and the crust. In January, a team from Liverpool University published a paper on the same subject. In the latest paper, in the journal Science, it is thought Plate Tectonics plays a role, moving water from the Mantle region to the surface (as a result of subduction). The process is hypothetical - and so is subduction, as all this takes place 400 miles below the surface.

15 Jun 2014
The Eocene Mass Extinction event

At www.livescience.com/46312-popigai-crater-linked-eocene-mass-extinction.html .... this is one of those events normally attributed to climate change rather than catastrophism - mainly because joining up the dots between dating and geological chronology is riven with assumptions and elusions of accuracy. Climate did change towards the end of the Eocene - but is that a consequence rather than a cause?

15 Jun 2014
Electromagnetism and the Earth

Go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/the-carnegie-curve/ ... it seems scientists were looking at electricity in the atmosphere and on the Earth a hundred years ago - and an electric field between negative Earth and the net positive charge in the air. Experiments showed the intensity of the electric field is greater in the middle of the day than it is at night or in the morning - but conversely, is greater during the winter than it is in the summer.

14 Jun 2014
Green famines

An interesting post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/6/13/the-inhumanity-of-the-environmentalis... ... which is a bit political - but raises an interesting issue. Does opposition to genetically modified food, which is claimed to make it possible to feed the world if growing conditions worsen as a result of climate change, mean they would have turned a blind eye to people dying in the Irish potato famine - and will they avert their eyes if a major famine as a result of global cooling occurs in the near future? What is the object of having NGOs.

13 Jun 2014
Sand ... and Gibraltar

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/12/climate-change-its-the-motions-of-... .... there is an interesting paper in the journal Science that claims a link between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million years. The area studied was the Atlantic at the Straits of Gibraltar. Sea bed sample were taken of the sediments and this indicates, they say, various shifts of climate change. However, it is the thick layer of sand and mountains of mud spewed nearly 100km into the Atlantic from the Gibraltar gateway that is most fascinating.

13 Jun 2014
A problem with dwarf galaxies

At http://phys.org/print321643387.html ... we are told the cosmologists may have certain astronomical ideas wrong - and they require adjusting. In other words, the whole kaboosh is not up the creek - just one of the paddles that is treading water. According to the consensus theory material stripped from galaxies during a collision with another smaller galaxy forms a long tail of debris. However, the reality of dwarf galaxies at the edge of the Milky Way and Andromeda appear to contradict the way theory dictates what takes place.

9 Jun 2014
Magnetic pulses

Very low frequency magnetic pulses have been observed in the run-up to earthquakes since the 1960s. Now, geophysicists claim they have discovered how rocks produce magnetic pulses - go to https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/geophysicists-reveal-how-earth... ... the new model, it is hoped, will target regions of the crust at immanent risk. However, it is acknowledged it is not entirely certain if rocks produce magnetic pulses when there is no earthquake. It is a developing theory.

9 Jun 2014
Geology, glaciology, and climate change

At http://notrickszone.com/2014/06/09/giant-of-geologyglaciology-christian-... ... and sidestepping the blowback and snake oil of climate science, Christian Schluechter has some interesting things to say about glaciers in the Alps over the last 10,000 years. For example, the Swiss geologist found chunks of wood at the edge of a glacier in the 1990s. Laboratory analysis revealed it was 4000 years old. He went on to find multiple wood fragments of the same, or nearly the same, age.