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16 Feb 2019

William sent in this link to ... which concerns the Italian island of Stromboli. It is in fact a volcano and has been periodically active since 1932 - but not on a grand scale. In the fairly recent past it has been more active - which seems to have caused the flanks of the volcano to collapse into the sea causing at least one major tsunami event to strike Naples. One of the ocassions was back in the 14th century AD - and the marine storm struck Naples in 1343.

16 Feb 2019
More Dinosaur Tracks

More dinosaur tracks. This time in Queensland, Australia - see ... it is described as a well travelled dinosaur trackway. A variety of dinosaur footprints is represented - sauropods for example, as one might expect, but also theropods and ornithopods. The biggest sequence of sauropod footprints can be traced for a distance of 40m (some two dozen separate footprints). These are now all in the local museum ...

16 Feb 2019
Big Solar Activity

At (February 14th 2019) - big activity on the Sun in the form of a filament of plasma dancing along one of the edges, raining more than 150,000km above the solar surface. See a video of it at the link above. It is what has been called a hedgerow prominence. Hot glowing plasma is held aloft by unstable magnetic fields. When the magnetic support collapses the plasma will fall back - exploding into a Hyder-flare (a type of solar flare that can occur without a sun spot).

14 Feb 2019
Unusual Fossil

At ... soft bodied species such as spiders aren't usually fossilised in rock like animals with bones and teeth. More often than not fossil insects are found encased in amber. However, fossil spiders found in Korean shale (the Lower Cretaceous Jinju Formation) are remarkable as they feature reflective eyes that enabled them to hunt at night - fossilised. They were preserved in strange silvery flecks on dark rock, their large eyes marked with crescentic features.

14 Feb 2019
Games People Play

At ... geographers from FAU have investigated glaciers in South America in more detail that ever before, from tropical regions of Venezuela and Colombia to sub polar Tierra del Fuego. The highest mass loss is in southern Patagonia - but glaciers in the Andes, in tropical zones, (such Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia etc) have lost much less mass than previously projected. Overstated by ten times.

14 Feb 2019
The French and Stonehenge

At ... there are 35,000 megalithic constructs in Europe. A new study claims they were spread by a sea going culture that emerged in NW France 7000 years ago. It is said that the idea of megaliths were taken from Brittany in all directions - north and south, even into the Mediterranean, over a period of one thousand years (eventually reaching Salisbury Plain rather late in the sequence). C14 dates lie at the heart of the study, taken from 2000 sites across Europe.

13 Feb 2019
Van Allen Belts

Gary sent in the link to ... lightning's electro magnetic fields may have protective properties according to new research. There are some 2000 thunderstorms going on somewhere on Earth at any given time, we are told. Hence, humans and all living things have been bathed in low frequency electromagnetic fields since the year dot. The electro magnetic fields are however weak and difficult to detect. Not much notice was made of them by scientists - until recently.

13 Feb 2019
A Sun Constant

At ... research at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne has shown that the Sun's magnetic waves behave differently than currently imagined. Examining ten years of data the team from the Dept of Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical Engineering. have found magnetic waves in the Sun's corona react to sound waves escaping from inside the Sun. The waves were previously thought to originate at the Sun's surface.

12 Feb 2019
European Monkeys

At ... artificial acretion of sand at a harbour extension near Rotterdam (moving sand around from the sea bed) have turned up some unusual European inhabitants - many moons ago. Two Dutch scientists discovered the teeth of several macaque monkeys in sand dredged up from the bottom of the North Sea. They are thought to date back to the last interglacial period around 115,000 years ago. Previously, dredging and the nets of fishermen have hauled up mammoth remains and those of woolly rhinoceros, moose, cave lions, elephants etc.

12 Feb 2019

At ... there are a succession of interesting articles. These cover a variety of subjects but all have a connection with Malta - such as Tectonic Rotation (the movement of land during big earthquakes); ancient remains on Lampeclusa, an island geologically linked to Malta by an extensive series of grabens of neotectonic origin; prehistoric mass burials in Scotland; and the Eddy Cycle. This all hinges on his book reviewed a couple of years ago on the Maltese temples - which appear to go back deep into the 4th or possibly even the 5th millenniums BC.