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13 Jun 2019
Volcanic Dome on Ceres

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-gravitational-dawn-dome-ceres-volcanic.html ... gravitational data beamed back by the Dawn mission suggests the dome on Ceres is a mud volcano - a mix of salty brine and solids. Volcanism is perhaps the key to understanding this but it was thought, until now, that volcanism was absent on such a small planet as Ceres (or is it a large asteroid). Not only that but they think the dome may be of recent date. It is in fact a mountain, or volcano, 4km in height and 17 km across.

12 Jun 2019
Ice Age Horses

Horses were common animals of the Pleistocene in Eurasia and right across Siberia into North America. At https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/spots-stripes-and-... ... the greatest concentration of cave art is in southern France and northern Spain where horses and bison are the most frequently depicted animals. The paintings and etchings of horses reveal an unexpected amount of variation. These are the caballoids (the complex of domestic horses and their feral derivatives).

12 Jun 2019
Alaskan Muck Deposits

What has been found in the Muck deposits rather than what caused the muck deposits. See for example https://mostlymammoths.wordpress.com/tag/alaska/ ... in 2004 scientists in the Yukon discovered a surprising remnant of the Pleistocene, an Ice Age flower meadow (including some of the grasses which were still green but dating back 30,000 years ago). It was situated below a layer of tephra at Gold Bottom Creek, some 40m long (and buried and preserved by the volcanic ash). It is therefore an invaluable source of information about conditions in the Yukon during the Late Pleistocene.

12 Jun 2019
Australian Wipe Out

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4163502/climate-change-sparked-m... ... climate change sparked mass ice age extinction event in Australia, 30,000 years ago. From turtles as big as 8 feet across, and lizards 6 feet long, the megafauna of Ausatralia was astonishing - yet they were wiped out in a mass extinction event which involved a sudden change in climate and environment. In spite of this researchers regularly blame Aboirigines for killing these big animals (using wooden spears to attack armour coated lizards).

12 Jun 2019
Solar Minimum and Noctilucent Clouds

Two interesting posts on noctilucent clouds and the solar minimum - we are currently at the end of one solar cycle and just entering another. It seems that during solar minimum the atmosphere shrinks and this is why this year, last year, and next year will have lots of noctilucent clouds (just after sunset). In the two links below, 2018 and 2019, there is each a video of the phenomenon, created by meteor smoke and water crystals high in the upper atmosphere.

11 Jun 2019
Minch Basin Crater

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/06/10/site-of-biggest-ever-meteorit... ... some time ago geologists came across evidence of an archaic impact event in NW Scotland but where the crater was situated eluded them. Not now it seems they have found it - 15 to 20km west off a remote part of the Scottish mainland, buried beneath both water and younger rocks, in the Minch Basin.

11 Jun 2019
The late third millennium BC in the southern Levant

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/collapse-and-resilie... ... urban settlements in agriculturally productive valleys and plains in the southern Levant broke down between 2500 and 1950BC (contemporary with the First Intermediate Period in Egypt). In some places life continued as if nothing much had happened. For example, Tall al-Hammam in the Jordan Valley thrived during EBIV. The late 3rd millennium BC is coeval with the end of the EB period in the Near and Middle East.

10 Jun 2019
Round Up

Round Up begins with horses - engraved on a stone. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/prehistoric-stone-en... ... archaeologists in SW France have found a slab of sandstone at an ancient Palaeolithic camp site engraved with a couple of horses. They are remarkably life like and a testimony to the artistic skill of stone age people. No date has yet been put on the stone.

  

10 Jun 2019
Herd of Dinosaurs

This promised to be fascinating, a headline claiming a herd of dinosaurs had been discovered in an opal mine in New South Wales. Turns out it was four, two juveniles and two adults - a small family group. Go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.com/2019/06/herd-of-dinosaurs-has-been-di... ... and www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7101457/ ... the paleontologists were stunned by the sheer number of bones found - presumably broken and jumbled. It is described as the first 'herd' of dinosaurs found in Australia (interpretation, a cache of more than one individual).

10 Jun 2019
Earth's Mantle is Magnetic

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/Earths-mantle-is-magnetic-res... ... which is derived from www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/06/06/Earths-mantle-is-magnetic-researcher... ... most scientists have thought in terms of the Earth's magnetism powered by materials in the core or crust. A new study published in the journal Nature differs. Hematite, a common iron oxide, retains it magnetic qualities even at very high temperatures. Hence, the Mantle is magnetic as well. Unsettled science is action.