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26 Apr 2019

We learnt last week that Titan's lakes are full of methane rather than water. We also have lots of methane on Earth. Landfill sites, for example, emit lots of methane (which you can see at night as a flame of light). Mount Chimaera in Turkey is an eternal lamp - dozens of campfire sized flames burst out of the mountains rocky sea facing slopes. These are fueled by methane - the same stuff that provides natural gas as a fossil fuel (see   ...

19 Apr 2019
Klondike and Beringia

At ... (or alternatively, ... published in GSA Today, 19:8 August 2009. This is a remarkable piece of research which opens up all sorts of possibilities that contradict the mainstream position - up to this moment. The authors are four Canadians and one guy from the Univeristy of Aberystwyth in Wales.

19 Apr 2019
A Blunter view of Muck deposits

At ... this appears to be a site that does not much favour the mainstream view on mammoths in the tundra. It begins thus, 'there is no way animals that size could survive in a frozen wasteland ...'. It seems they have not caught up with recent research as it is quite clear Beringia was far from a frozen wasteland. If it had been written 20 years ago the statement of intent would have been correct and one would have to agree with it.

19 Apr 2019
Ice Age steppe vegetation

Bakc in 2003 Nature journal published a short piece in volume 423 (5th June) 'Ice Age steppe vegetation in Alaska and Yukon' ... . The authors say the region must have been covered with vegetation as it supported huge populations of mammoth, horse, bison etc, during the Late Glacial Maximum. Why was it colder in Europe and NE N America where an ice sheet existed but Siberia and Beringia, were unglaciated. The plot thickens.

18 Apr 2019
Revising the tree zone

The location of the tree line is largely controlled by summer temperatures and growing season length. However, conifer trees have 'not yet recolonised many areas where trees were present during the Medieval Warm Period and the Holocene Thermal Maximum'. We are then told, back in 2007, that global warming will allow trees to colonise these areas - eventually. The research paper was published by the Royal Society and clearly involved a lot of research into the past tree line in northern Russia.

15 Apr 2019
Fast Moving Genetics

Paul Reich has only just had his paperback version of up to the minute genetics published and he is already out of date it would seem - within a couple of months. At ... the Denisovans, contemporaries of the late Neanderthals, were discovered in a cave deposit in southern Siberia, but they appear to be a much more extensive branch of humanity than imagined up to now.

15 Apr 2019
That Black Hole Image

William has sent in a link to Thunderbolts - on the black hole image. Thunderbolts reply and claim the ring of lighyt with a dark centre, somewhat like a liquorice allsort, is in fact a plasmoid - not a black hole. Go to www,thunderbolts,info/wp/2019/04/black-hole/ ... which is one way of approaching the so called event horizon - a plasmoid captured ramping up charged particles, electrons spirally into the electromagnetic field giving off X-rays and radio emissions. It also makes sense for the galaxy to have the equivalent of the solar wind - but in a supermassive form.

15 Apr 2019
Texas a tropical savannah

At ... ancient Texas was a Serengeti savannah with animals such as elephant, rhinoceros and alligators etc. During the 1930s unemployed Texans were recruited to dig around at a couple of sites that were fossil rich - by the University of Texas in Austin. Tens of thousands of specimens were retrieved and have been briefly studied on a number of occasions, over the last 80 years or so. They have tended to concentrate on the big animals, but now, a new research team has studied them as a whole, small animals as well as the big ones.

15 Apr 2019
Holocene Warmth

At ... driving a wedge into historic gaps in climate science. In this instance, Hokkaidu University in Japan has found the Beaufort Sea, on the margin of the Arctic Ocean, was not completely frozen over during the late Ice Age (the warm period prior to the Younger Dryas event). They used ice wedges from the Alaskan permafrost as evidence.

13 Apr 2019
Do You Understand Fracking

Not sure if this is worth posting as it amounts to some angst. I don't for one moment think most people take diagrams of fracking literally. They are like London Underground maps. They don't follow the route as in real life, bends and changes in direction, but are schematically composed for a paper map. Same goes for fracking diagrams where the pipe and drill are said to turn sharply from vertical to horizontal when just by thinking about it one would realise the turn was much more gradual.