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23 Nov 2017
Migrations and Climate Change

Researchers are catching up it seems as migrations in the historical past are now being linked to switches in global climate (and tectonic activity) at different times in the Holocene. A paper in PNAS is briefly described at https://phys.org/print430472642.html ... but doesn't give much away (unfortunately). No doubt Popular Archaeology will give us a bit more info on the when and how later in the week. However, it is worth pointing out they are still ignoring the bigger factor - catastrophism.

22 Nov 2017
Sand not water

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php ... and https://phys.org/print430401551.html ... Martian streaks, dark lines on Mars thought to be evidence of sub-surface flowing water are now thought to be where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make streaks rather than seeping water. The Mars Renaissance Rover camera has been studying them and found they only occur on steep slopes ...

   ... they behave like sand grains tumbling on sand dunes on Earth.

22 Nov 2017
Kaolin

Scientists claim to have created conditions similar to a so called subduction zone. The transport and release of water during subduction processes is thought to cause volcanic - see article in Nature Geoscience (November 2017) and go to https://phys.org/print430401008.html ... As a continental plate slides beneath oceanic crust (or vice versa) it moves into the Mantle - including various minerals and sediments from the ocean bottom. Over time these transform into different compounds but during the process sea water is released from the oceanic crust - inside the Mantle.

21 Nov 2017
Oumuamua

At http://spaceweather.com (November 20th) we have news of another round of solar wind making a rendevous with the Earth in the next few days, coinciding with a mild November here in the UK. We also have an image of an 'interstellar asteroid' first seen by the Pan-STARRS telescope weeks ago when it was thought to be an interstellar comet. It is now classified as an asteroid as it has failed to bring on a cometary show as it approached the Sun. It is passing through the solar system ...

20 Nov 2017
Bioluminescence

At www.geulogy.com ... some interesting points are made. It purports to be the study of geology in an electric universe. Mini craters found all over Malta for example, and strange looking geological formations in Britain. At www.everythingiselectric.com/biophotonics-humans-auras-acupuncture.html ... we have human auras and glowing people. Interesting story. The human body glimmers although the intensity of the light emitted is well below the sensitivity of the naked eye. Ultra weak photon emission is known as the energy released as light through the changes in energy metabolism.

20 Nov 2017
Beach Flint

In Norfollk (England) there are beaches where the tide has washed away the chalk and left some extraordinary flint formations - see www.geulogy.com/norfolk/beestonbump/flintbackbones-beestonebump.html ...

20 Nov 2017
Expanding Earth - for and against

At www.xearththeory.com/expanding-earth-theory-debunked/  ... and www.xearththeory.com/ we have two sides of the argument - with links to papers debunking the idea, and opposite, links to papers enthusiastic of the concept. www.thunderbolts.info ... also had a tpod presentation on the expanding earth idea. However, it might be worth considering why plate tectonics does not exist on other planets (as visited by spacecraft recently). Why only the earth? Might it be that earth is occupied by humans and they are highly inventive.

16 Nov 2017
Ceres

The DAWN mission is still throwing up info - see https://phys.org/print429466672.html ... a study in Geophysical Research Letters analysed surface features on Ceres in order to find clues about the interior of the asteroid. Chains of pits and small craters and other features litter the surface. Upwelling from below is thought to have created them. See the image below ...

16 Nov 2017
Salt Pond

Research in the Transantarctica Mountains has also thrown up another geological oddity - a pond with one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet. It is filled with a dense syrupy brine rich in sodium chloride that can remain a liquid well below the freezing point of water ...

16 Nov 2017
Antarctic Forest

At www.livescience.com/60944-ancient-fossil-forest-discovered-in-antarctica... ... a forest that seems to have been fossilised (growing wood turned to stone) at the end of Permian event has been discovered in the Transantarctic Mountains. What is peculiar is that the press release or study assumes the trees were growing at the South Pole at the time, suggesting they somehow coped with living with 6 months of darkness and 6 months of daylight.