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20 Feb 2014
Blue Stone Enigma

That was the title of a book but in this instance the enigma is outlined at http://phys.org/print311926419.html ... in a paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science. It claims, as noted some weeks ago, that the bluestones came from a different quarry than previously thought. In fact, they were quarried on the other side of the Prescelli Mountains - and this creates a problem. It has been assumed they were transported by sea. If so they would have had to be hauled over the hills and down to the sea shore.

20 Feb 2014
Flu jumped from horses to birds just a hundred years ago ... and gave rise to the 1918 epidemic.

At http://phys.org/print311767523.html ... a couple of years ago Bird Flu was the big doomsaying myth - and don't we like being frightened out of our wits. We were all going to contract heaving chests and mucous filled nasal passages, a terrible headache and a weakness in our limbs - and we were all going to die. Again. The epidemic was blamed on birds and it was seriously considered by the politicos to inaugurate an actual cull of wild birds.

19 Feb 2014
Patrick McCafferty

What has Patrick McCafferty been up to since he gave a talk at an SIS meeting a few years ago? Well, he pops up as a co-author with Dallas Abbott in an article on Comet Halley -go to http://cosmictusk.com/halleys-comet-abbott-at-agu-on-the-530s-event/

See also www.bbc.co.uk/irish/video_audio/player/94/english/

19 Feb 2014
One man view on fracking

At http://suspecterrane.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/its-controversial.html ... this is a geologist's take on the fracking issue and the wild publicity and propaganda he says is bandied around in order to create confusion. It is US focussed but the same applies over here in the UK.

19 Feb 2014
Vespasian's Camp

The earthwork known as Vespasian's Camp, named after a Roman general, is situated on a hill with wide views over the surrounding countryside. It is a fine vantage point to see across the general Stonehenge landscape and the winding river Avon. The camp is actually an Iron Age hillfort and has been in private hands since the Tudor dissolution of the monasteries and great religious land holdings. Formerly, it was associated with an abbey.

19 Feb 2014
Norfolk footprints - see the video

Ther discoveries at Happisburgh have excited some of the media. Here are two links to videos - www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2014/feb/we-were-here-earliest-humans-leave-...

See also http://blogs.channel4.com/tom-clarke-on-science/oldest-human-footprints-...

and have a look at them in more detail below

18 Feb 2014
Dinosaur droppings - and the sea that covered half of Britain and lots of Europe

In the 19th century fertiliser was at a premium. Soot, bones, ashes, dung, maltings and various other things were tried in order to increase the productivity of soils. The most effective fertiliser was guano, bird droppings from S America (but it was highly prized by other nations and cost money to transport and was very expensive). Suffice to say that guano didn't appear on many farms over here - but something else did.

17 Feb 2014
Wot a lotta ...

Sand, from Namibia ... courtesy of Gary Gilligan

How would a lump of sand like that, dumped in a catastrophe, look like in a geological bed?

17 Feb 2014
Donald Patten

Donald W Patten, a geographer by training, was born in 1929 in Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. He died recently and will be buried on February 20th in Seattle. He leaves behind seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. He was the owner of Microfilm Service Co. and the Pacific Meridian Publishing Co. He had a lifelong history in ancient history, ancient literature, climatology, genetics, geography, geomorphology, mathematics and philosophy.

17 Feb 2014
Tides wait for no weather

How can the Arctic get flushed with warmer latitude water every 18 years or so? This appears to have happened recently - so what mechanism could be at work?

According to EM Smith it is down to lunar effects, or tides - go to http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/tides-vectors-scalars-arctic-flu... ... and that 18 year cycle gets, in turn, accelerated by luni-solar factors, every once in a while, producing bigger flushing out of the Arctic. The result is a range of tides from near zero to 50 feet - which is the point people get worried by sea floods.