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14 Aug 2019
Ice cores and volcanoes

An interesting and informative study that explains how ice cores have a volcanic signature and how it is possible to pinpoint specific eruptions - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/synchronization-of-i... ... during a volcanic eruption, gases, lava, rocks and tiny ash particles are ejected into the atmosphere. The smallest particles are carried by the wind and transported for miles until they drop out on to the surface of the earth - including over the ice sheet on Greenland.

14 Aug 2019
Smoke and Bombs

At https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth-sciences/wildfire-smoke-supports-nuclea... ... we learn that scientists studying wildfire triggered thunderstorms have confirmed an important element of a nuclear winter theory as championed by Carl Sagan back in the 1980s. This was a big deal at the time and all part of the alarmism that surrounded a 'nuclear missile exchange' - a pre-climate change version of the end of the world. Using Carl Sagan's name in the press release may serve to date the teens of the author as the idea of a nuclear winter goes back before him. I think.

14 Aug 2019
Plankton and Climate

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/ancient-plankton-hel... ... it seems that co2 levels of 400 parts per million are not unprecedented as the same thing occurred during the Pliocene (without the benefit of coal fired power stations or fossil fuel transport). The Pliocene is dated between 2 and 5 million years ago but that was not always the case. When Agassiz came up with the theory of glacial advance an accommodation for the subsequent Ice Ages was required. The geological age of the Pleistocene came into being.

13 Aug 2019
Boyne to Brodgar

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/archaeologists-disco... ... the 'Boyne to Brodgar' project has come up with around 40 previously unknown monuments in the vicinity of Newgrange - including one that aligns with water solstice sun rise and predates Newgrange. The sites range from the early Neolithic, around 4000BC, until the Bronze and Iron Ages, even as late as the early medieval period. The survey made use of satellite baseed remote sensing, drones, airborne laser scanning and geophysics.

13 Aug 2019
Success! We Have ...

Success! We have just decarbonised a large part of Britain's national grid. This was a comment at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/black-friday-did-wind-farm-fa... ... the electricity blackout last week came as wind speeds increased to gale force in some places, becoming so strong they seem to have tripped a large offshore wind farm to shut down - and its back up gas generated power station was on idling mode and unable to instantly supply the necessary power. Indeed, the gas plant seems also to have failed in some manner.

13 Aug 2019
Giant Parrot

New Zealand is known for some unusual birds, from flightless (such as the kiwi) to over large (such as the Moa). It once harboured giant geese and a giant eagle. Now, it has a giant parrot - see https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/meet-herculesthe-gia... ... the fossil remains are said to go back 19 million years - to the Miocene period. In fact, the site has offered up a rich assemblage of fossil birds. One may wonder how birds come to be fossilised intach and buried in the earth. Why don't they just fly away.

11 Aug 2019
co2 and plants

A few weeks ago, Weather Eye in The Times of London had a short piece beginning, 'something strange is happening to plants: their leaves seem to be growing thicker. And the cause is increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the  air.' You may be a keen gardener, or even a farmer or small holder, and you might have noticed this. On the other hand you might not have noticed anything unusual as we are talking about a very thin layer of thickness. Never the less - it is a nice story.

11 Aug 2019
Jupiter Smack

Gary sent in a link to www.space.com/jupiter-impact-flash-photo-august-2019.html ... which is a video film of a bright flash on Jupiter captured by an amateur astronomer. It is thought to be an asteroid impact - but is pretty tame in comparison to the Shoemaker-Levy comet that crashed into Jupiter in the 1990s.

10 Aug 2019
Fossil Forest China

Gary sent in the link to www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/fossil-forest-asia-devonian-period... ... the oldest fossil forest in Asia (or the oldest until an older one is uncovered). It goes back to a remote geological period, the Devonian. It was discovered in the walls of a clay quarry in China and is made up of 250,000 square meteres of fossilised lycopsid trees. Other Devonian forests are known from North America and Norway. See https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.053

10 Aug 2019
Spanish Bronze Age Building

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/spanish-archaeologis... ... a large building dating to the middle of the Spanish Bronze Age (between 2100 and 1500BC) is associated with new settlers who established themselves on a craggy hillside, or cliff, at what is known as La Cava. It measures 70 square metres and is surrounded by a settlement (houses) and rampart and there is also some strange holes carved out of the base rock. The site was later used by Christian hermits.