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19 Jan 2018
Tabular Flint

The seams of nodular and tabular flint at the base of the Upper Chalk on the South Downs were mined for axe production during the early Neolithic period (around 4000BC) whilst flint dug out of the 'clay and flints' and 'river terrace gravels' geology provided raw material of varying quality through the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. In East Sussex, the clay and flints produced high quality nodules.

19 Jan 2018
The Big Brexit

I like the headline on this story - Britain's first departure from Europe (in this case a geological brexit) - go to ... which concerns a paper attempting to pin down when the chalk ridge between Calais and Dover was first breached. It is assumed a large glacial lake had formed during or at the end of the Anglian Ice Age in what is now the North Sea basin. This tudy proposes the breach came in two stages.

18 Jan 2018
Havre Eruption

Robert sent in this link at ... a deep ocean silicic volcano erupted under the waves 5 years ago but hardly anyone noticed. In 2012 the Havre volcano in the Kermradic arc (new Zealand) erupted with rhyolite magma and was only recognised from a pumice raft seen in satellite imagery. Since then mapping, observations, and sampling by submersibles have provided lots of information. The lava came out of at least 14 vents in the ocean floor at depths of 990 and 1220m.

18 Jan 2018
Michigan Meteor

At (17th January 2018) we learn that a meteor exploded over Michigan with a sonic boom and a bright flash of light over the Great Lakes region. The shadow cast by the fireball was brighter than the full moon - indicating the meteor penetrated fairly deep into the atmosphere. According to USGS the explosion may have caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake - not a very strong earthquake but as far as it is known, from not a very big meteor. What might a really big bus sized meteor have done if it had penetrated deep into the atmosphere?

18 Jan 2018

At ... Zahi Hassan announced (January 16th 2018) that excavations in the Valley of the Kings where the tomb of Tutankhamun's wife may be located is about to commence. The excavation is near the tomb of Ay, the short term successor of Tutankhamun. Radar images seem to show a tomb entrance way 16 feet below the surface. Ankhesenamun as later married to Ay - sealing his right to the throne. He was quickly replaced by the general Horemhab.

18 Jan 2018

At ... the cave of Niaux was never used as a dwelling but it has a lot of cave paintings. Anne Marie provides the history leading up to a proper investigation of the cave and its heritage. The mountain itself is riddled and hollowed out by a network of caves but in one large gallery there are over 10 figures and representations, 55 of which are bovine and 29 equine. The vast cavity, 45m high and shaped like a nave, has exceptional accoustic qualities. The least murmur or noise is repeated and amplified as an echo.

18 Jan 2018
Chesil Beach

I posted a story on the Chesil Beach a few years ago but now Gary has sent in a link to his web site that some readers may find interesting - go to ... I suppose if you take Velikovsky literally when it comes to stones falling out of the sky one might visualise Chesil Beach in Dorset as one such place where they might have landed - but there are an enormous number of stones there. However, this is not to dismiss Gary's article as it has a lot of information about the stones he has gleaned from various sources.

17 Jan 2018
Wrong on Jupiter

Sent in  by Robert - ... which concerns a couple of admissions that have already been aired on the News. Space exploration is throwing up all kinds of discoveries many of which contradict mainstream astronomical thinking. However, astronomers generally admit they are wrong - unlike some other fields of science. They have been proved wrong on many occasions over the last 40 years or so but they are out there in space finding out new things all the time - and testing theories.

17 Jan 2018
Diamond Encrustment

Sent in by Jovan - interesting claim - go to ... a space rock known as the Hypatia Stone, is diamond encrusted. It was found in SW Egypt in 1996 - little more than pebble size but it seems to belong to no known meteor category. Naturally, some lateral thinking has been applied and it has now been suggested it formed before the solar system. The stone consists of a carbon rich matrix shot through with a variety of rare minerals.

17 Jan 2018
Mount Etna

Robert also sent in this link - go to ... Mount Etna, an Italian geologist claims, is not a real volcano - but a giant hot spring. This is in spite of the molten rock spewed at regular intervals in what is one of Europe's most active volcanoes. However, it is also self evident it produces an  awful lot of water when it erupts - and gases. The source of the water seems to come from water rich deposits inside the Earth - as deep as the Upper Mantle.