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27 Oct 2017
Pacific Basin Anomaly

This one came from an article in American Scientist (volume 105) which was provided by Jovan. Soon after 19th century cartographers captured the relative locations of Hawaii's volcanoes they became aware they lay on two roughly parallel tracks. Since then double tracked volcanoes have been found elsewhere in the Pacific basin. Not only that, they all seem to have switched location between 2 and 4 million years ago. Why? It is now thought Earth's largest tectonic plate, the basin of the Pacific Ocean, started to change direction at this time.

27 Oct 2017
Velikovsky and EU

Tim Cullen on Velikovsky. One to read. Go to https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/the-atomic-comet-electric-epi... ... it looks like this is the last one on this subject (comets) and in this post he responds to somebody who broached the subject of the Electric Universe - no doubt in relation to electric comets. The fact that every comet over the last ten years has failed to live up to the billing by EU is no matter - or so it would seem.

26 Oct 2017
Round Up

In this instance, not a round up of animals but the commercial brand of a weedkiller that you will find on the shelves of your local garden centre. The Risk Monger has been fighting a lonely battle against environmentalist activists but now has a new ally it would seem - go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2017/10/21/who-science-not-the-iarc-josh-391.html ... which comes with a cartoon. Round Up contains glyphosphate which the Green Blob want to ban - for no especial reason apart from the fact the American manufacturer is Monsanto (with all the demonisation that comes with that name).

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... ....

21 Oct 2017
Bursts in sea levels

At https://phys.org/print427601705.html ... scientists have discovered sea levels did not rise slowly after the end of the Ice Age but rose in a series of steep bursts. These abrupt changes fit a catastrophist model but not necessarily a uniformitarian one. The research is published in Nature Communications (Oct 2017) and may cause a rethink on the waters around the UK. Currently, we have a smoothed rise in sea levels, with a leap around 8000 years ago. Since that date sea levels do not seem to have varied greatly - not by any dramatic degree.