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18 Oct 2017
Gold in 'them thar twinkles'

The BBC news teams were full of it on Monday (the 16th October) and on Five Live on Tuesday morning they got excited all over again. Newspapers were also in on the hype but the story in the Mail was buried a few pages back from Front Page in your face position. What got their knickers in a twist? Gold. Yes, the very mention of shed loads of gold appears to have got the media luvvies hyper ventillating at a crazy angle.

20 Oct 2017
Volcanoes and Egypt

Gary sent in links to this story. So too did Jovan and William. See for example www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017/10/18/volcanic-eruptions-and-the-fall-o... ... the claim is that distant volcanoes triggered environmental change in ancient Egypt leading to the fall of the Ptolemaic dynasty in 38BC. In other words, they are blaming volcanoes that coincided with civil unrest for such political changes as the end of Cleopatra and the beginnings of Roman controlled Egypt - which has to be taken with a pinch of salt. It is guesswork.

20 Oct 2017
Gates on Volcanoes

Gary also sent in this link - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4991930/Google-Earth-reveals-400... ... 400 stone structures have been found on the edge of volcanoes in Saudi Arabia - first spotted by Google Earth. Archaeologists have no idea why they were built, we are told ...

20 Oct 2017
Naples

Meanwhile, Scientific American asks - will Italy's supervolcano erupt soon?(sent in by Jovan) - go to www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-italy-rsquo-s-ominous-supervolca... .... this question  comes a few weeks after an 11 year old boy ventured on to an old volcano near Naples and fell into a fissure. His parents tried to pull him out but floor of the crater crumbled and they all died - watched by a younger child.

21 Oct 2017
Greenland Ice Stream

Another article in October's Nature Commmunications - it is discussed at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/19/greenland-glacier-retreated-durin... .... It seems that an ice stream, more properly a glacier, retreated during the Younger Dryas episode. This is somewhat peculiar as we are led to believe the Younger Dryas was a return to Ice Age conditions (in Scotland for example) but clearly this could not be so if a glacier on Greenland retreated.

21 Oct 2017
Supernova and Climate

An interesting paper is discussed at http://notrickszone.com/2017/10/19/ph-d-thermal-engineer-claims-supernov... ... which is relevant to the SIS membership following the talk by Rupert Holms at our autumn meeting a couple of weeks ago (the video is not yet online). The idea of supernova having catastrophic effects in the historical past was quite popular at one time - as postulated by the likes of LaViolette and Firestone. Rupert Holms theory is in a similar vein - but with a twist.

21 Oct 2017
Sea of Sand

Another interesting article by Tim Cullen in the Atomic Comet series - go to https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/the-atomic-comet-sea-of-showers/ .. the Sea of Showers is a vast lava plain on the Moon. It sits within the Imbrium Basin, one of the larger craters. Molten lava produced within the crater has formed a relatively smooth surface ...

21 Oct 2017
Moon Atmosphere

Still running with the Moon, subject wise, we www.astronomy.com/news/2017/10/moon-atmosphere ... (link sent in by Jovan) where we are told that for 70 million years the Moon had an atmosphere formed by gases as a by-product of volcanic activity.

21 Oct 2017
Electrifying Phobus

At https://phys.org/print427551247.html ... electricity in space is now out into the mainstream open as indicated in this post. Solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobus to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics used by future robotic exploreres (NASA report). Phobus has been considered a possible base for human exploration on Mars because of its weak gravity that makes it easier to land spacecraft - but there are problems. Eruptions on the Sun that drive streams of solar wind.

21 Oct 2017
Turquoise

Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli are bright blue minerals. For some reason they have been highly prized by historical communities - whether it was ancient Britons and their woad or the Hindu god Krishna depicted as a bright blue manifestation. Lapiz lazuli was mined in Afghanistan and exported into Mesopotamia and Egyptian blue faience (glass) was also exported far and wide even ending up in northern Europe. What was the fascination with the colour of blue? At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/research-sheds-ne... ....