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9 Feb 2010
Extra-terrestrial geology from several sources

http://atlas-conferences.com/c/a/j/i/26.htm claims that cosmic activity has been detected in raised bogs in NW Europe and in Siberia (at Tunguska). These traces appear to correspond to episodes of rapid climate change in the Middle and Late Holocene. Lars Franzen of the Earth Sciences Centre at Goteburg in Sweden says raised bogs are an archive of atmospheric deposition in peat over the last 10,000 years (the end of the Younger Dryas Event).

9 Feb 2010
Current Archaeology 239 February 2010

Several items are worth repeating to the wider world. The Clovis culture people are blamed for the extinction of mammoths in North America according to the overkill hypothesis. Research has now shown the mammoth population fell sharply towards the end of the Ice Age and before the Clovis people - though mammoths, in smaller numbers, did continue to exist until the Younger Dryas Event.

9 Feb 2010
Pleistocene

www.physorg.com January 12th ... the Black Mesa basin in Arizona has underground aquifers created by seepage through the overlying geology. The water contains gases that provide a hint of ancient climate in the region - via palaeohydrological tools that capture noble gases such as neon and helium, elements that resist normal chemical reactions. Initial results show the aquifer was recharged during the last Ice Age and this implies the Jet Stream at that time was much further south than it is today.

9 Feb 2010
The hole in the crust

Daily Galaxy December 27th 2009 ... in 2005 an Ethiopian volcano erupted and in the process a 35 mile rift in the landscape was created - in days (instant geology). The writer says, almost off-handedly, that nature appears to make changes much more rapidly than geology allows. However, the uniformitarian model seems to just bob up and down and take these observations on the chin without a flicker.

9 Feb 2010
Plant mutations

www.physorg.com January 4th ... the speed of mutations in plants has been monitored for the first time and findings shed light on the evolutionary process. It happens much quicker than imagined and therefore this raises some questions about the uniformitarian model - does it require such a long time to produce the evolutionary changes observed. If plants and animals can mutate quickly this means that punctuated evolution is a real possibility - long periods with no change interrupted by short bursts of mutation.

9 Feb 2010
Stars

Daily Galaxy January 25th ... several leading astrophysicists believe there was no Big Bang to bring the universe and time into existence. Instead, they think we are trapped in a thin membrane of space-time embedded in a much larger cosmos from which neither light nor energy can escape - apart from gravity. Accordingly, dark matter is just the rest of the universes that we cannot see because light cannot escape. Neat.

9 Feb 2010
Wolves

Science Daily July 5th 2007 ... although this is an old story it is never the less interesting. Apparently, wolves in Alaska became extinct at the same time as the mammoths and some other large mammals. It seems the region was re-colonised by grey wolves in the Holocene, from a southern species that slightly differed in anatomy. This raises the issue of overkill and Clovis people. Why would Clovis people exterminate the wolf from Alaska - and is there any evidence of Clovis people that far north.

4 Feb 2010
Silbury Hill, and other archaeological news

Gazette and Herald, February 2nd ... letters that were archived over 200 years ago seem to suggest Silbury Hill may originally have been constructed around a huge pillar - or tree trunk. Letters written in 1776 and stored in the British Library describe a 40 foot pole which once stood at the centre of the hill - when it was much smaller, little more than a large mound. When the hill was built up to its present size the tree trunk was buried in situ as on separate excavations a long cavity was found or fragments of oak timber within a cavity.

4 Feb 2010
Douglas Keenan

www.informath.org ... the on-running web site of Dougls Keenan has some interesting articles including one on C14 dating and tree rings. Douglas Keenan has also been in the news of late in a dispute with Queens University Belfast over access to tree ring data. He wants this data specifically for global warming purposes which is not exactly what it was compiled for - or indeed used in the past. Queens have refused access, for whatever reason, one being that the tree ring unit closed down when Mike Baillie retired a few years ago.

4 Feb 2010
Astronomy and Space

University of Buffalo News June 11th 2002 ... this is interesting though an old post. Research has squeezed evidence out of ice cores to show that sun spots have an affect on climate. Sun spots coincide with strong solar activity - such as we had around the turn of the millennium at the height of the AGW apocalyptic scaremongering. The research found that ice cores also include evidence of dust in the atmosphere (volcanic, cosmic, wind blown etc) and when this happens global temperatures are lower.