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4 Sep 2019
Ice Age Savannah

One of the paradoxes of the last Ice Age is the existence of a savannah corridor that allowed animals and humans to spread into SE Asia. The region is now largely tropical in nature but back in the day a savannah environment stretched right across what is now the Malay peninsular, Thailand and Burma, into what was then Sunda Land - or what is now the islands of Indonesia. One complete block of land. The dates concerned are between 120,000 and 70,000 years ago  and explains how humans genetically linked to Denisovans ended up in the region.

4 Sep 2019
Plate Tectonics

An interesting post at https://phys.org/news/2019-09-plate-tectonics.html .... where we are presented with a little history of the Plate Tectonics theory. It only goes back to the late 1960s and is therefore a relatively new idea to expalin certain geological features. It assumes the distribution and movement of plates, the uppermost layer of the Earth, is a fact of life - yet it doesn't seem to happen anywhere else in the solar system. Only on the Earth. Are we unique - our geology that is. Can we get our heads around it - truth or fiction ...

4 Sep 2019
7 new papers

At https://notrickszone.com/2019/09/02/settled-science-7-new-papers-show-re... ... some seven new papers show regional temperatures were between 2 and 6 degrees C warmer than today - 'during the last glacial' i.e. duyring the last Ice Age. So, how cold was the last Ice Age? Forget the projected co2 concentrations highlighted by the blog author (he is a climate change sceptic) as these are discerned from ice cores (which are assumed to be small snatches of ancient climate, in miniscule proportions).

4 Sep 2019
The Reef

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/giant-pumice-raft-from-underw... ... is it Armageddon? A giant raft of pumice from an undersea volcano is heading in the direction of the Great Barrier Reef. Indeed, it is being said that the pumice will not damage the reef but will cause it to prosper. This comes on the heels of a post by Jennifer Marohasy at her blog where she has recently participated in an underwater investigation of the reef and found it thriving - in the main.

4 Sep 2019
Coopers Ferry

Excavations at Coopers Ferry in western Idahoe suggest people were living in that area 16,000 years ago. The arrival time continues to be pushed backwards . See https://phys.org/news/2019-08-artifacts-people-north-america-earlier.html ...

6 Sep 2019
What is a sprite

At http://spaceweather.com (August 28th 2019) ... following a period with a blank Sun, a couple of months, may be, but probably a question of a couple of weeks, we now have a major geomagnetic storm - issuing from two holes on the Sun's atmosphere. Hence, a double stream of solar wind struck in the first days of September. At the same site but on August 31st (2019) we have a gigantic jet over China ...

6 Sep 2019
Biblical War

Archaeologists have invoked a Biblical war to explain a destruction layer - go to www.livescience.com/alter-tells-story-of-biblical-war.html ... which is a projection. A 2800 year old inscribed altar stone found in a Moabite sanctuary in what is now the kingdom of Jordan, seems to shed some light on the conflict between Israel and Moab. The latter apparently rebelled against Israel, which had temporarily seized control of the Transjordan zone, under the Omride dynasty.

6 Sep 2019
Mississippi Site

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-archaeologist-unearths-history-mississippi... ... the archaeology of the Mississippi River Valley is becoming clearer in spite of the intense agriculture taking place, now and in the past. The Mound Culture is involved - and at the link we have one archaeologists view of how it all came about.

7 Sep 2019
Indo Euro Roots

DNA study illuminates South and Central Asian ancestryh - so it is said (go to https://phys.org/news/2019-09-largest-ever-ancient-dna-illuminates-mille... ... which includes the origins of the Indus Valley population. It is being broadcast, it would seem, as the largest ever ancient study to date, yet it is really still a very small random sample from diverse parts of the wider region. Some 524 human remains spread over a long period of time are what they say is a bumper genetic study. What it does show is that people were moving about - over long distances.

8 Sep 2019
co2 and climate

At https://notrickszone.com/2019/09/05/new-papers-ex-noaa-climatologist-and... ... two new additions to the steadily increasing evidence that co2 plays a minimal role in climate change. A former NOAA climate scientist (a meteorologist to be exact) published his article in Environmental Earth Sciences journal and detailed a lack of causal relationship between co2 concentration change and earth's temperature.