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17 Jul 2015
Heligoland curiosity

At www.q-mag.org/blood-red-flint-tools-souvenirs-of-doggerland.html ... the North Sea island of Heligoland, a remnant of Doggerland, has something that is claimed to exist nowhere else, red silex (flint). It is the colour of blood and was used, it is further claimed, to imitate copper axes and tools, a sort of poor man's version of the latest fashion gizmo (when copper was a new and rare introduction into western Europe).

17 Jul 2015
silica in planets

Gary Gilligan sent in the following link - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3161511/A-home-home-Curiosity-fi... ... which is a comparison of Mars with the Earth. Gary asks - does it also have a rich silica Mantle? However, the article emphasizes that feldspar and quartz were present, similar to the granite of the Earth.

16 Jul 2015
Sydney volcanoes

At http://phys.org/print355974545.html ... an extinct volcanic plateau has been discovered in 4900m deep water off the eastern coast of Australia

16 Jul 2015
Pluto image

one of the images being released by NASA. More to follow.

16 Jul 2015
polygonal cratering

At New Concepts in Global Tectonics journal, 3:2 June issue of 2015 (www.ncgt.org), there is an interesting paper, some 26 pages in length (lots of illustrations) that claims cratering on earth is not as simple as mainstream would have believe (and the same goes for other cosmic bodies such as Mars and the Moon). Cratering is erroneously lumped together as entirely due to meteoroid and asteroid impacts.

16 Jul 2015
earthquake storms

There is also another interesting article in the June issue of the New Concepts in Global Tectonics journal (page 233) (www.ncgt.org) ... 'Migrations of foreshocks and/or volcanic eruptions' (from Blot's migration law) by Giovanni Gregori. Blot claimed that one earthquake can migrate and spark another earthquake elsewhere, or even a volcano. They are capable of chasing each other which is fundamentally what Claude Schaeffer theorised in his 'Chronologie Comparie' (1948) as closing markers during the Bronze Ages.

15 Jul 2015
Bruce Leybourne

An interesting video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi-V1EzI_TU ... Bruce Leybourne at a conference. He claims global temperatures over the last century reflect 30 year weakening trends and 30 year strengthening trends as a result of the solar magnetic field. Although the solar connection is well known, usually described as a 60 year cycle, Leybourne has gone further by associating it with electro-magnetism.

15 Jul 2015
What did mammoths eat

To get an idea we only need to look at what elephants consume - and they are much smaller than mammoths. At www.macroevolution.net/what-do-elephants-eat.html ... we find they eat as much as 660lbs of vegetation in a day - and they drank as much as 50 gallons of water in a single 24 hour stint. The interesting thing is that because they need to drink so much water, in the wild, they are never far from rivers and water holes. They are even capable of excavating holes in the ground in search of underground water sources - by using their tusks as digging tools.

13 Jul 2015
Utah dinosaur pit

at www.smithsonian.com/science-nature/what-killed-dinosaurs-utahs-giant-jur... ... dinosaur boneyards are an interesting aspect of the geological record. One such can be found in a Utah quarry that is roughly an hour's drive from the small town of Price.

13 Jul 2015
Age of Reptiles

At www.macroevolution.net/mesozoic.html ... there is quite a nice discussion of the cataloguing of animal remains to specific periods of time with an emphasis on dinosaurs. The Mesozoic began 250 million years ago and lasted up till the K/T boundary event around 63 million years ago. It is defined as the Age of Reptiles which came out of the idea that reptiles were the dominant species throughout the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of time. The idea goes all the way back to the 19th century where these things were first being discovered by scientists of the modern era.