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24 Aug 2010
Some further catastrophic web sites

At ... Dennis Cox suggests naming post impact plasma vortice of large airburst impact events which are commonly mistaken as ignimbrite, or volcanic tuff, as infernignite. This, he says, is impact melt formed when a terrain is flash melted, ablated, and forged by intense heat and the pressure of the vortice. Infernignites, he goes on, are formed and emplaced in an atmospheric pressure driven scenario and resemble a pyraclastic flow.

22 Aug 2010
Magnetic fields of stars - a breakthrough?

At ... a University of Dundee press release claims a breakthrough in the study of magnetic fields - which will add to what we know about stars including our Sun. The team, from a magnetohydrodynamics research group, used computer simulation of plasma in the atmosphere of the Sun and by looking at how the magnetic field responded to plasma they have uncovered what they say are now rules that govern, or exact influence, over the solar atmosphere.

21 Aug 2010
Galactic volcanoes

At we have an image of a galactic volcano - erupting. Of course, it isn't a real volcano but it is likened to one (see also August 21st for a slightly different slant). The image comes from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory and happened 50 million light years away - in the centre of the Virgo cluster.

21 Aug 2010
Mud volcanoes on Mars

At ... in the August issue of Icarus there is a paper claiming some 18,000 circular mounts have been mapped on Mars in a region that might have as many as 40,000 of them. They used images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and think they might actually be mud volcanoes. These are geological structures in which a mixture of gas, liquids and fine grained rock (mud) is forced to the surface from serveral km underground.

21 Aug 2010
Plasma Images is all about rock art in Italy, at Valcamonica. The Footsteps of Man Archaeological Cooperative Society is based in Valcamonica, an Alpine valley where there is a lot of rock art. See images below ...

21 Aug 2010
A Chinese Pompeii ? provides information about a Chinese catastrophe from ancient history in Hunan province. As Pompeii was destroyed by a volcano and the city preserved beneath a thick stratum of ash so too was an ancient Chinese town destroyed, by locusts . and preserved intact.

21 Aug 2010
Ancient Creation Myths - one kind of interpretation

At August 20th ... 'What on Earth ... ' is a post by Rens van der Sluijs and along the vein of his auroral notions as outlined in his book and in various articles. He suggests ancient creation myths have an origin in auroral phenomena and take place with the magnetosphere of the earth - which on occasions appeared to be alive. For example, according to the San Bushmen, 'in the earliest days the Sun lived among the tribes of the bush' and 'was like other men' - which is clearly not right.

21 Aug 2010
The moon may have shrunk

At it is alleged the moon has shrunk - over the last I billion years. The evidence is lobate scarps and the hypothesisi s that scarps formed due to shrinkage as the moon cooled causing the crust to wrinkle.

21 Aug 2010
What makes a Black Hole?

This is one of those uncomfortable pieces of emerging evidence that might result in an upset. At is a story that is being widely reported - it's just too good to ignore. European astronomers have demonstrated that a magnetar, an unusual form of a neutron star, was formed from a star with at least 40 times the mass of our Sun. The result presents a challenge as a star as enormous as this was thought to become a black hole - but that did not happen.

20 Aug 2010
Boats in History

At is a news report on archaeological and maritime history. Tall waves and storm surges can destroy coastal archaeology so two Norwegian archaeologists have developed a method to combine meteorological phenomena into their chosen field. Temperature, precipitation, wind direction and wind force are factors - and each locality is in its way novel (there are lakes, fjiords, valleys, and mountains in Norway).