Volcanoes, Meteorites

At https://phys.org/print413024026.html ... ancient meteorite impact sparked long lived volcanic eruptions on Earth is the claim. Not only can meteorites create craters but they can spark volcanic activity as well, according to a team of geochemists from Trinity College in Dublin. They dated rocks at the impact site, Sudbury in Ontario, some 1.85 billion years ago (way back in the uniformitarian past), when a massive bolide excavated a deep basin which was subsequently filled with melted rocks. On top of the impact evidence, they encountered a jumble of rocks with volcanic fragments.

Earth Sank Twice

This is the headline at https://phys.org/print413031282.html ... the earth sank twice flooding eastern Amazonia - according to a team that found a shark tooth in the NW part of the Amazon basin, deep inland. They are suggesting its presence, and that of other marine organisms, show that when the Andes rose in an uplift event, eastern Amazonia sank - on two separate occasions. Further, each event lasted for around a million years (according to uniformitarian geochronology). Water from the Caribbean flooded the region from Venezuela to NW Brazil.

Emmet Sweeney

In Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1987:1 there is an article by Emmet Sweeney. He is better known for revisions of historical chronology and has written several articles on the subject in more recent SIS literature. He has a web site -go to www.emmetsweeney.org ( see also www.wikibin.org/articles/emmet-sweeney.html ).

Electric Arc Welder

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/indian-impacts-hammerhead-geo... ... which is a great post by Louis Hissink, an unconventional geologist from Australia. He begins by quoting Fred Hoyle who said that one of the reasons scientific problems persist was because scientists involved tend to think with one or two ideas, which infers the possibility of getting at the truth was limited.


At www.newscientist.com/article/2129805-first-results-from-jupiter-probe-sh... ... Gary sent in this link to the New Scientist website - Jupiter probe shows huge magnetism and storms. Big planets come with big surprises, the author of the piece begins - and yes, surprises seem to be in store. The annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union was treated to the first release of data from the Juno spacecraft, now in orbit around Jupiter. It's a game changer. There is a dense zone of ammonia gas around its equator and lots of ammonia clouds elsewhere.

Cheese Rolling

The journal Mathematics Today also has an article on the mathematics of rolling a large round haunch of cheese down a hill - the annual pastime of cheese rolling (page 63). See www.ima.org.uk/5625/westward-ho-musings-mathematics-mechanics/ ... See also the official website for cheese rolling at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, www.cheese-rolling.co.uk - but see also an article on the Painleve Paradox in the IMA journal 81:3, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1033/imamat/hxw027 - the mathematics of rolling a cheese down a hill.


The Institute of Mathematicians publication, Mathematics Today, volume 53:2 (April 2007) has a couple of interesting pieces (www.ima.org.uk - where there is a link to most of the current crop of stories, from cheese rolling to Vulcan bombers. We have a piece on mathematician Katherine Johnson.s role in the first manned flight by NASA (made into a film with Taranji P Henson playing her ole and Kevin Costner that of John Glenn). On page 50 we have 'A Doctor Writes ...

Burning Houses

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/can-houses-die-iro... ... From the Bronze Age to the Viking Age, roughly a period of almost 3000 years, burial mounds were sometimes placed on top of the remains of burnt long houses. It was a way of getting rid of a house that had grown old and weary, and sometimes internal posts that supported the roof were removed for re-use elsewhere, but generally, it was an act of closure. Why was fire involved - and why was the same period associated with a rise in cremation as a means of disposing of bodies?

Homo Naledi

It seems Homo naledi remains may be much younger than previously assumed. Much as in very much. Instead of a couple of million years they have been dated to 300,000 years ago - and potentially less than that. This is a significant number to revise the remains as it means the survival of a primitive hominid into the time of the Neanderthals and Denisovans, and the emergence of modern humans in other parts of Africa. Hominid remains are once again throwing a stick in the spokes of the evolutionary tree of humanity.

Rings Around ...

In 2014 two rings, separated by a gap, were discovered around Chariklo, the largest known of the Centaur objects orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune. It is hundred of kilometers across and its rings are as opaque as those around Saturn and Uranus. Japanese researchers have modelled the two rings around Chariklo and concluded the inner ring, at least, should be unstable - without help to keep it afloat. The fact the rings are in existence suggests small particles - but another possibility is they remain as a result of a shepherd satellite (a big object amongst the particles).