Sea of Sand

Another interesting article by Tim Cullen in the Atomic Comet series - go to .. the Sea of Showers is a vast lava plain on the Moon. It sits within the Imbrium Basin, one of the larger craters. Molten lava produced within the crater has formed a relatively smooth surface ...

Supernova and Climate

An interesting paper is discussed at ... which is relevant to the SIS membership following the talk by Rupert Holms at our autumn meeting a couple of weeks ago (the video is not yet online). The idea of supernova having catastrophic effects in the historical past was quite popular at one time - as postulated by the likes of LaViolette and Firestone. Rupert Holms theory is in a similar vein - but with a twist.

Greenland Ice Stream

Another article in October's Nature Commmunications - it is discussed at .... It seems that an ice stream, more properly a glacier, retreated during the Younger Dryas episode. This is somewhat peculiar as we are led to believe the Younger Dryas was a return to Ice Age conditions (in Scotland for example) but clearly this could not be so if a glacier on Greenland retreated.


Meanwhile, Scientific American asks - will Italy's supervolcano erupt soon?(sent in by Jovan) - go to .... this question  comes a few weeks after an 11 year old boy ventured on to an old volcano near Naples and fell into a fissure. His parents tried to pull him out but floor of the crater crumbled and they all died - watched by a younger child.

Gates on Volcanoes

Gary also sent in this link - ... 400 stone structures have been found on the edge of volcanoes in Saudi Arabia - first spotted by Google Earth. Archaeologists have no idea why they were built, we are told ...

Volcanoes and Egypt

Gary sent in links to this story. So too did Jovan and William. See for example ... the claim is that distant volcanoes triggered environmental change in ancient Egypt leading to the fall of the Ptolemaic dynasty in 38BC. In other words, they are blaming volcanoes that coincided with civil unrest for such political changes as the end of Cleopatra and the beginnings of Roman controlled Egypt - which has to be taken with a pinch of salt. It is guesswork.

Gold in 'them thar twinkles'

The BBC news teams were full of it on Monday (the 16th October) and on Five Live on Tuesday morning they got excited all over again. Newspapers were also in on the hype but the story in the Mail was buried a few pages back from Front Page in your face position. What got their knickers in a twist? Gold. Yes, the very mention of shed loads of gold appears to have got the media luvvies hyper ventillating at a crazy angle.

climate goings on

It is often depressing to read CAGW stuff but you are rarely far away from it especially in the media with its constant thump thump of doom and gloom, even when there is something positive to address. An example of the doom and gloom spreading more doomery can be found at -- which is Dr Tim Ball getting despondent about some upcoming lawsuits intended to shut him up and nobble the sceptical majority.

Phantom Time Hypothesis

This is described at ... the Phantom Time Hypothesis was first published by Heribert Illig in 1991. It proposes a conspiracy by the Holy Roman emperor Otto III, Pope Sylvester II, and possibly the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII, in order to fabricate the anno domini dating system retrospectively, so that it placed them in the year 1000AD. It was, in effect, a re-write of history. Why? Did Otto want to be around at the turn of the millennium because he thought this was when Christ was going to return? May be.


Some photos of budgerigars at a water hole just outside Alice Springs in Australia. Something different. Go to ....