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8 Oct 2014
Sam Carey

Australian geologist Sam Carey, in the 1930s, explored the continental drift theory of Alfred Wegener, which in those days was regarded as junk science. Carey took the trouble to build a model of a globe on which he could move around the continents as part of Wegener's theory was the single land mass known as Pangaea. He realised the continents would fit together if the Earth was smaller. If it was shrunk enough it all slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle - but it would mean doing away with the ocean basins.

8 Oct 2014
African technology

At http://phys.org/print331792615.html ... a post on a professor from Zimbabwe, Clapperton Chatanetsa Mavhunga (I like his Christian name, presumably from a missionary or somebody the family were aquainted with), who says that hunting technology in his part of the world was developed on the hoof and designed for the local and specific game animals of the region. In other words, it was novel to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

6 Oct 2014
Subhasis Sen

Subhasis Sen is the author of 'Decoding the Solar System' (2011), a retired Indian geologist. He has taken an especial interest in the geology of Gondwanaland (the southern half of Pangea) from which he developed an expanding earth theory based on global tectonics. He has used this research into earth geology to take a different approach to solar system geology, a novel approach, or projection.

5 Oct 2014
co2 bubbles in the ocean

Anthony Watts adds the thought - one wonders how many of these newly found thousands of volcanic sea mounts are producing co2 that bubbles into the ocean (see earlier post on Sea Mounts). EM Smith suggests he might want to take a look at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/liquid-co2-on-the-ocean-bottom/ ... which is all about a liquid co2 lake discovered on the ocean bottom, one of many we might suppose. These are caused by white smokers that release compounds of barium, calcium, and silicon. They also produce biblical amounts of liquid co2. No wonder the oceans are not acidic.

5 Oct 2014
Palaeomagnetism

At http://palaeomagnetism.geologist-1011.net/ ... there is an interesting debate on magnetic reversals in Earth history. He concludes by saying the causes of magnetic reversals remian unclear and suggests it is as a result of an external magnetic force or flux.

5 Oct 2014
Expanding Earth versus Plate Tectonics

At http://expansion.geologist-1011.net/ ... the expanding earth theory is discussed from the perspective of a mainstream geologist. He begins by noting the expanding earth theory relies heavily on the assumption that subduction does not occur. What he should also have acknowledged is that Plate Tectonics relies heavily on the assumption that subduction occurs - and is not a figment of modelling. This is a different way of making the same point.

5 Oct 2014
Mount St Helens and Catastrophism

There is an illuminating article at www.icr.org/article/mount-st-helens-catastrophism/ ... which shows quite clearly that sedimentary geology can be laid down very quickly and this contradicts the consensus gradualist view of geological chronology. However, the difference between ICR and neo-catastrophism is not in how long it takes events to unfold but the overall time scale of earth history. Whereas ICR might like to reduce the latter along the lines of Biblical numbers and therefore over egg the role of the Biblical 'flood' event neo-catastrophism is markedly different.

4 Oct 2014
Comet Pan STARRS K1

Come Pan STARRS K1 has been visible for over a year and is making a passage through the inner solar system that is reputed to involve an orbit 400,000 years long - see http://phys.org/print331286650.html. The dust tail and ion tail of the comet have been snapped in a succession of images (see link). The big question - is this 'the Special One' as a certain football manager might say.

Over at http://phys.org/print331546691.html ... we have an image of comet Churyumov-Girasimenko in the process of spewing out dust and gases from its neck. Below.

4 Oct 2014
The news splash that went squish

At http://phys.org/print331284112.html ... the claim that gravitational waves from shortly after the Big Bang had been detected has turned out to be a dud squib. It seems the hullaballoo was premature.

Polarised microwave light in the Milky Way is produced by dust grains that spin on their axes and align like a mini compass with the interstellar magnetic field. The dust grains line up in the same general direction and this produces polarised light - exactly the same thing as theorised would have been produced by gravitational waves from the early universe.

4 Oct 2014
Volcanic Sea Mounts

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/02/one-wonders-how-many-of-these-newl... ... scientists have created a map of the world's sea floor using satellite data. Thousands of previously uncharted mountains can be seen rising from the sea bed (known collectively as sea mounts). The info comes from a paper in the journal Science (October 2014) and the idea is to provide clues to investigate the consensus theory of ocean spreading - or Plate Tectonics.