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25 Jun 2019
Isle of Man Bird Survey

At www.thegwpf.com/isle-of-man-seabird-populations-plummet-as-wind-farms-ov... ... the Isle of Man wildlife charity Manx Birdlife has reported on a 40 per cent decline in the populations of many sea birds in their region of the Irish Sea. This follows a comprehensive survey that took place over two years.

25 Jun 2019
Off shore lake

Continental shelf systems are areas formerly above sea level but now submerged. Such regions may have been periodically submerged with variations in sea levels over geological time. However, the continental shelf system off the US North East has come up with a big surprise - it harbours a lake underneath the sea bed - go to https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/scientists-map-huge-undersea-... ... the lake is actually very deep down below the sea bed and is described as an aquifer (a source of water from an ancient era).

23 Jun 2019
Rings around Uranus

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-astronomers-uranus.html ... astronomers see a warm glow emanating from the rings of Uranus - via the ALMA telescope array. Its most prominent ring is composed of golf ball size rocks and larger - and there are 13 rings in all.

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-stars-photons-revolutionize-space-flight.html ... star photons may revolutionise space flight - the solar sail. It has no engine, uses no fuel, and has no solar panels. Instead, it harnesses the momentum of light energy (photons). Will it work?

23 Jun 2019
Subduction and Diamonds

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/researchers-simulate... ... researchers simulate the extreme pressure and heat in the earth's Mantle - or what they assume is the extreme pressure exerted by the Mantle. This is not simulation via computer make believe as they seem to have conducted a genuine experiment - simulating the subduction process and the manufacture of diamonds. I may be wrong but that is how the press release reads - or my interpretation of what they are saying.

21 Jun 2019
Crocodiles and Climate

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-crocs-climate-clock-ancient-reveal.html ... the ancient distribution of crocodiles could be used to reveal information about past climate. On the other hand, they may reveal more about earth changes. It seems some crocodilians are sensitive to changes in temperature - but other kinds of crocodile are not. Or that is the theory been promulgated. Mapping the distribution of the different species of crocodilia (ostensibly using fossilised remains) may reveal more about 'global' climate millions of years ago.

21 Jun 2019
Noctilucent Mystery

The prevalence of noctilucent clouds in June has sparked a lot of response from blog authors, mostly as a result of visiting http://spaceweather.com (post on June 19th 2019) ... which has the title 'mysterious moisture in the mesosphere' and its effects on noctilucent clouds. Their providence as far south as Los Angelese in California and Albuquerque in New Mexico (as well as repeated reports from Poland and Germany) make this year unusual to say the least.

21 Jun 2019
Arctic Hyenas

Sent in by William. Hyenas in the Arctic - is this evidence of pole shift. However, the main stream mantra is that this is, instead, evidence of climate change - in the past. The inference is that if it happened millions of years ago there is nothing to contradict the idea global warming will not melt the Arctic in the next 100 years or so (or whatever the activists want to believe). Go to www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190618070804.htm ... and various other media sources. In the modern world hyenas inhabit savannah habitats in Africa and Asia, being both hunters and scavengers.

21 Jun 2019
Island Arc Earthquakes

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-earthquake-swarms-reveal-piece-tectonic.html .... earthquake swarms are said to reveal mssing piece of tectonic plate volcano puzzle. Deep under the ocean, we are told, a sinking tectonic plate causes a swarm of earthquakes feeding molten lava into newly forming volcanoes. Researchers say they have found two swarms of earthquakes when researching the Mariana and Izo Bomin arc system in the Pacific Ocean.

19 Jun 2019
Awesome Shigir Idol

The fascinating Shigir idol is back in the news - or at least at https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/the-awesome-shigir-... ... the tall idol goes back to the early Holocene period and is thought to represent an ancient spirit god. Guesswork of course and somebody like Martin Sweatman might say it was perhaps a representation of a sky god.

19 Jun 2019
North Sea Marine Investigations

The first artefacts to emerge from the depths of the North Sea in the current research into what the sediments on the sea bed might be hiding. Not particularly exciting by themselves as they consist of flakes of flint and a splinter from a hammer stone. It is thought they come from a Mesolithic tool making site and must date prior to 6200BC (when the southern basin of the North Sea was drowned). See for example https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/first-archaeological... ...