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8 Oct 2014
Cracks in the Earth's Surface

At ... in Ethiopian a large crack opened up in the crust of the Earth in just a few days in 2005. At the time geologists became very excited as it was thought this was an embryo rift valley that would end up splitting Africa asunder and give birth to a new sea. That was of course as a result of consensus Plate Tectonics - the mainstream theory on how oceans form from rifts and faults, expanding into mid ocean ridges etc.

8 Oct 2014
Patten on Ionic Rain

Thunderbolts for October 6th is 'I'm singeing in the rain' and is about charged water molecules interacting with Saturn's ionosphere - ionic rain from Saturn's Rings. These are one of the unusual and unexpected findings of the Cassini Mission which has interesting equipment onboard in order to study plasma and electromagnetism.

8 Oct 2014
Sam Carey

Australian geologist Sam Carey, in the 1930s, explored the continental drift theory of Alfred Wegener, which in those days was regarded as junk science. Carey took the trouble to build a model of a globe on which he could move around the continents as part of Wegener's theory was the single land mass known as Pangaea. He realised the continents would fit together if the Earth was smaller. If it was shrunk enough it all slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle - but it would mean doing away with the ocean basins.

8 Oct 2014
African technology

At ... a post on a professor from Zimbabwe, Clapperton Chatanetsa Mavhunga (I like his Christian name, presumably from a missionary or somebody the family were aquainted with), who says that hunting technology in his part of the world was developed on the hoof and designed for the local and specific game animals of the region. In other words, it was novel to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

6 Oct 2014
Subhasis Sen

Subhasis Sen is the author of 'Decoding the Solar System' (2011), a retired Indian geologist. He has taken an especial interest in the geology of Gondwanaland (the southern half of Pangea) from which he developed an expanding earth theory based on global tectonics. He has used this research into earth geology to take a different approach to solar system geology, a novel approach, or projection.

5 Oct 2014
co2 bubbles in the ocean

Anthony Watts adds the thought - one wonders how many of these newly found thousands of volcanic sea mounts are producing co2 that bubbles into the ocean (see earlier post on Sea Mounts). EM Smith suggests he might want to take a look at ... which is all about a liquid co2 lake discovered on the ocean bottom, one of many we might suppose. These are caused by white smokers that release compounds of barium, calcium, and silicon. They also produce biblical amounts of liquid co2. No wonder the oceans are not acidic.

5 Oct 2014

At ... there is an interesting debate on magnetic reversals in Earth history. He concludes by saying the causes of magnetic reversals remian unclear and suggests it is as a result of an external magnetic force or flux.

5 Oct 2014
Expanding Earth versus Plate Tectonics

At ... the expanding earth theory is discussed from the perspective of a mainstream geologist. He begins by noting the expanding earth theory relies heavily on the assumption that subduction does not occur. What he should also have acknowledged is that Plate Tectonics relies heavily on the assumption that subduction occurs - and is not a figment of modelling. This is a different way of making the same point.

5 Oct 2014
Mount St Helens and Catastrophism

There is an illuminating article at ... which shows quite clearly that sedimentary geology can be laid down very quickly and this contradicts the consensus gradualist view of geological chronology. However, the difference between ICR and neo-catastrophism is not in how long it takes events to unfold but the overall time scale of earth history. Whereas ICR might like to reduce the latter along the lines of Biblical numbers and therefore over egg the role of the Biblical 'flood' event neo-catastrophism is markedly different.

4 Oct 2014
Comet Pan STARRS K1

Come Pan STARRS K1 has been visible for over a year and is making a passage through the inner solar system that is reputed to involve an orbit 400,000 years long - see The dust tail and ion tail of the comet have been snapped in a succession of images (see link). The big question - is this 'the Special One' as a certain football manager might say.

Over at ... we have an image of comet Churyumov-Girasimenko in the process of spewing out dust and gases from its neck. Below.