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12 Sep 2010
What are meteorites?

At there is a short piece that attempts to answer this question - by a science writer, photographer, and meteorite hunter who has contributed to documentaries made by PBS, National Geographic, the History Channel and the Travel Channel as well as Readers Digest, Rock and Gem, Sky and Telescope, Geotimes etc.

12 Sep 2010
Tortoises and Alligators in the Arctic - where it is night for six months of the year

At ... being Ellesmere Island in the high Arctic, north of Greenland. Millions of years ago tortoises and alligators thrived on the island - and endured darkness for six months of the year. I did notice this article elsewhere but passed it over - but it seems geologists appear to take it seriously. The key of course is temperature - in this instance, during the Eocene era.

11 Sep 2010
An Iron Meteorite

At ... in 1920 a farmer's plough struck a lump of metal in a field near Grootfontein in Namibia. It was an iron meteorite estimated to be 66 tons in weight - and is still where it was found. It was once much larger on the basis of the abundance of iron oxide in the surrounding soil which is thought to imply the object has suffered oxidation since it fell out of the sky some 80,000 years ago.

10 Sep 2010
Watch this video clip

SIS member Dr Peter Paget has provided this link to a video slide show of the sky - at


10 Sep 2010
Comet Halley in the 5th century BC

At (see also BBC News September 10th) ... in 466BC a large meteortie, described as the size of a wagon load, fell in northern Greece.

10 Sep 2010

At ... archaeologists excavating at the Moot Hill in the grounds of Scone Palace have been able to use C14 dating methodology from a piece of burnt wood retrieved from a massive ditch that once surrounded the hill. They have come up with a date of 906AD. This places Moot Hill and the Stone of Destiny in the reign of Constantine II - or at least significant changes at the site took place then.

9 Sep 2010
The Trojan War

It seems that some European scholars have recognised there might be a connection between a comet or meteor and the end of the Late Bronze Age which in turn sparked an earthquake storm across the plate boundaries from the Aegean and Anatolia to at least as far east as Pakistan and India. Two articles in a book, Science and Technology in Homeric Epics (2008) are relevant. One is by Amanda Laouipi and the other by SP Papamarinopondas.

9 Sep 2010
End of Ice Age - New Zealand

At a new paper in Nature seems to indicate that New Zealand was not affected by the Younger Dryas cooling event. Antarctic ice cores are reputed not to record a cold phase of around 1000+ years that is extremely prominent in the northern hemisphere.

7 Sep 2010
A second pole slip ... what next ...

At Sept 6th ... for a second time evidence has been found the magnetic poles have flipped over in a very rapid manner. Geologists in 1995 found a lava flow in Oregon with an unusual magnetic pattern indicating it had shifted 10,000 times faster than expected. This was hotly disputed in geological circles and was so controversial many scientists simply still do not accept such an event. It does not fit into a uniformitarian context.

7 Sep 2010
Titbits of History

At Sept 6th ... there is a report that says Irish scientists have found fragments of Egyptian papyrus in the leather cover of an ancient book of psalms that was unearthed from a peat bog where it had been preserved. This is the first tangible connection between early Irish Christians and the Coptic Church, according to the National Museum of Ireland. The manuscript's leather binding also has an origin in Egypt - but the manuscript inside the cover was produced in an Irish monastery.