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1 Nov 2014
Raised beaches and glacial erratics

Tim Cullen turns his attention to Ice Age dynamics and some of the absurdities encased in the mainstream mantra - go to ... where he claims the geology facts do not necessarily support the glacial explanation for boulder clays and drift material or the actuality of raised beaches that appear to contradict the massive rise in sea level at the end of the Ice Age.

1 Nov 2014
The magnetic and solar link between wind and ocean currents

At ... is a post by another retired scientist that has upset the Green Blob on a number of occasions, Tim Ball of Canada. He says that a couple of decades ago, in his prime, he had predicted water resources would become an issue, and magnetism in science would be another focus of interest - and this has come to pass. Both are emerging after a long period of being buried beneath the hype of global warming (aka climate change).

1 Nov 2014
The Sun and Volcanoes

Currently, in 2014, there are active volcanoes in Iceland, Japan. Hawaii, Indonesia and Mexico. In addition the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has revealed new volcanoes on the floor of the Indian Ocean. Dr Robin Wylie of University College in London broaches on the subject at His argument seems to revolve around small changes in the the speed of rotation or the pull of the Sun and the Moon which create stress in the crust of the Earth.

1 Nov 2014
Palaeogene volcanism

Cave Hill dominates a portion of the landscape in the northern part of Belfast - see Down to Earth magazine issue 89, 2014 (ISSN 0969-3408) which is just four issues for a pound (great value). Cave Hill is a chalk and flint hill but it is capped by a layer of basalt. This is an igneous rock, formed when hot lava cools. It is dated to around 60 million years ago, a time of intense volcanic activity in many parts of the world. It is known as the early Palaeogene - but comes right after the end of Cretaceous K/T boundary event.

29 Oct 2014
Sink Holes and Fossilised Remains

At ... it is claimed an earthquake in Alaska was responsible in generating a tsunami wave that struck Hawaii in the 15th century AD. That s the main thrust of the news story but caught my eye is they declared a tsunami wave after investigating a sink hole 328 feet beyond the shoreline and 23 feet above sea level. It was choked with marine debris - including large quantities of corals and shells dredged up from the foreshore.

29 Oct 2014
Magnetic fields and young stars

At ... astronomers have found that the accretion discs around young stars also have a magnetic field which is described as a big surprise. This appears to indicate magnetic fields play a role in the formation of solar systems such our own one (Nature, 2014, DOI:10.1037/nature13850).

29 Oct 2014
Idaho Mammoth

At ... part of a mammoth skull and tusks have been unearthed at a reservoir in Idaho. It is possible an entire skeleton is buried there but this has yet to be determined. A fossil hunter working in the area as a volunteer spotted it, as one does if you have an eye for these things, and informed the authorities. Students from Idaho State University dug the head but funds are required to continue next summer.

29 Oct 2014
Atmospheric Gases

At ... a paper in Nature Geoscience (Oct 2014) has suggested the origin of Earth's nitrogen rich atmosphere is due to the tectonic forces that drive mountain building, subduction, and Plate Tectonics. It also adds, presumably quoting a consensus source, the chemistry of the air we breathe has been affected by millions and millions of years of photosynthesis. The oxygen upstairs, it is thought, can be mostly explained away as due to plants and trees growing on the surface of the Earth. This sounds a bit like a chicken and egg situation.

27 Oct 2014
how sun spots may erupt

At ... Anne Marie de Grazia has translated into English some French research in which they have followed the evolution of the solar magnetic field in a zone of eruptive behaviour. Their calculations show the formation of a magnetic cord which emerges from inside the Sun, becomes associated with a subsequent sun spot. They show the structure plays an important role in triggering CMEs - eruptions.

27 Oct 2014
Unusual Comets

At ... again, this is a piece of French observation and research beginning way back in 1986. The astronomer, Anne-Marie Legrange, and colleagues, witness something peculiar. Beta Pictoris seemed to be in the process of assembling its own planetary system. After months of trying to work out what was going on and what exactly they might have seen they came out with an odd explanation - for the time. They offered up what seemed to be an unlikely explanation.