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12 May 2018
Red Air Glow

The image below is of red air glow over the Atacama desert in Chile - courtesy of (May 11th). Photographer Yuri Betelsky took the image - the air glow was so bright parts of the Milky Way were barely visible because of the intensity of the red glow. This is caused by chemical interactions in the atmosphere - via ultra violet radiation. The red air glow was floating in a band 87 km above the surface of the Earth. Betelsky has captured air glow on film on many occasions - but rarely as bright as on this occasion.

12 May 2018
Younger Dryas Event videos

Anyone with time on their hands might like to trawl through this set of videos on the Younger Dryas comet theory.


12 May 2018
Sea Ice Graph that says it all

The climate alarmists with the media hanging on their coat tails have been bleating about a melting Arctic all winter long - just because we had a warm November (2017) and a warmish month in the early year (2018) but what is really happening out there in the Arctic where in spite of the so called warming spells it has remained under freezing point and in almost total darkness.

10 May 2018
Rossby Waves

At ... the headline is, waves similar to those controlling weather on Earth have been found on the Sun. The research is published in Nature Astronomy this month, May of 2018. They are what is known as Rossby waves which propagate in the direction opposite to rotation, have lifetimes of several months, and maximise amplitude at the Sun's equator. Rossby waves also occur in the oceans and the atmosphere of the Earth.

8 May 2018

The STEVE has paid a visit to the United States. This picture was taken a few days ago ... go to

5 May 2018
60 Year Oscillation

At ... the 60 year oscillation is an obvious feature in climate data sets - but only back to 1850. Prior to that date it is not so obvious. Javier has posted an article on the 60 year cycle in which he says prior to 1850 it was variable and is not well identified during the Little Ice Age. The reason why may emerge later. A side effect of this situation is that the origin of the oscillation is an unknown - and although it is often said to be associated with the Sun this might not be strictly so.

4 May 2018
Old Rocks

At ... why parts of earth have hardly changed over the last 3 billion years. This title refers to ancient rocks in the western deserts of Australia (and elsewhere). Geologists are not agreed on what the earth was like prior to the formation of the plates (as in plate tectonic theory). Research published in the journal Geology (April 2018) claims earth was highly volcanically active and the evidence of a violent transition to plate tectonics (or a fractured crust) can still be seen on the surface today.

4 May 2018
Volcanism in Rocks

At ... new evidence that volcanism drove the Late Devonian extinctions. Perhaps this title should be stood up on its head - new evidence that the Late Devonian extinction event involved volcanism (with the caveat that it is not known what caused volcanism to come into play). It is otherwise an enjoyable read on an event dated 370 million years ago (one of the Big Five). It is said to have killed 80 per cent of species, including the Devonian coral reef system. It seems the presence of mercury is an indicator of volcanism.

4 May 2018
United Monarchy

At ... new evidence pointing to the existence of the kingdom of David and Solomon has been uncovered - so it is said. It is published in the journal Radiocarbon so I suppose it is relying on C14 dating methodology. An archaeological site in the Shephalah region has unearthed a four room building on the summit of the tell which is said to have been destroyed in the 8th century - which they are attributing to the Assyrian invasions of the southern Levant.

4 May 2018
Too weak to build mountains

A fascinating article at ... plate tectonics is too weak to build mountains is the claim. In the 1970s it was accepted the kinematics of continental drift and sea floor spreading was successfully described by plate tectonics theory. However, very little is known about the driving mechanism of plate tectonics. In 1982 the assumption was that the generating of plate movement was understood but the driving mechanism, again, was elusive.