Therre is a nice piece at http://thunderbolts.info/tpod/2005/arch05/050404antarctic-fossil.htm ... which tells us about a petrified forest in Antarctica. It is dated to Late Permian - which is a long time ago. Some 260 million years on conventional geo-chronology.
A new book, details forwarded by secretary Jill Abery, written by SIS member David M Barker - 'Science and Religion: reconciling the conflicts' and published by Tate Publishing of Mustang in Oklahoma (2013) has arrived through the letter box. There are chapters on carbon dating, scientific ages, on comets asteroids and meteorites, on continental drift or shift, on the flood, geochronology, history or myth, evolution or creationism, astronomy and cosmological curiosities etc. It is a book I will return to at a later date - but might make somebody a nice christmas present.
another humdinger from the stable of Tim Cullen - a logical follow on from his last piece on the luminous nature of the Moon. What are astronomers really peering at when looking into space and the wonderland of the universe? Have they been describing white dwarfs as dead and defunct stars rather than seeing them as objects orbiting around a Sun. Is Sirius B a planet in orbit with Sirius A - is this why it is almost invisible.
Several posts on Mars today - and the focussed search for water and moisture on the red planet. At http://phys.org/print305921732.html ... we have images of dark markings on a Martian slope that changes with the seasons. Scientists have suggested it might indicate salty water that advances seasonally down the slopes. The markings are however somewhat close to the equator - and the terrain is generally arid.
Disappointment all round. Comet ISON is effectively dead - zilch (see http://phys.org/print305804079.html). There is no evidence of a zombie half existence - or a resurrection along the lines of a flare up after a period of quietude. However, we are informed in this piece that scientists now recognise not all comets are dirty snowballs - some of them are rocky asteroids disguised as comets (such as Comet Wild2). This leaves a problem and this is how can a comet from the outer solar system contain minerals formed in the inner solar system.
At http://westerndigs.org/oldest-known-footprints-in-north-america-identified/ ... a surprisingly large number of human footprints have been preserved in sedimentary rocks in N America - going back to the Younger Dryas, or shortly before. This seems to make a lie of the idea sedimentary rock is only found over long periods of time - as some of those footprints date from little more than four or five thousand years ago. The processes that changed mud or silt into rock must still exist - and must still be taking place in the modern world.
You have heard of the expanding earth theory - which gives Plate Tectonics a run for its money. Now we have the expanding universe theory - see http://phys.org/print305887548.html. It's all down to heat. It also doesn't require a squib - or Big Bang.
Oh Dear oh dear. That chappie Rog the Not so Short One has been rather naughty - go to http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/ipcc-ar5-synthesis-report--pre... ... which is basically the bits they did not want you to see. Fabulous. See also www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/12/9/ar5-the-synthesis-report.html ... which has lots of nice and polite comments. A real Bishop's feast.
It is worth having another look at the Expanding Earth theory as it has a lot of things going for it in contrast to Plate Tectonics - and Tim Cullen has a roll of posts on the subject. See for example http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/the-inflating-earth/ ... which is a good overview with a lot of following comments and describes to some extent how Tim Cullen was attracted to the idea - which has been around since Sir Francis Bacon in Shakespearian times, 1561-1628.
At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/cosmic-ray-blues-the-bloody-moon/ ... we have another cracker by Tim Cullen. . A lunar eclipse provides Earth dwellers with a view of an orangey red Moon that provides mainstream consensus science with a chance to show off - and they do as they blame it all on refracted light once again - together with the amount of dust that might have collected in the atmosphere. Malaga Bay outright says this is a fiction - bet you had not thought so. He then takes us on a trip around the magnetosphere of the Earth and the magnetotail in particular.