Donald Patten

William suggested looking at the book below after he had read the post at ... The book is by Donald Wesley Patten, 'The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch' (Seattle 1966) and in particular chapter V, 'Orogenesis: the Cause of Mountain Uplift' which proposed that a passing cosmic body was capable of causing the landscape of the Earth to rise up. In the news post we learnt that the central Anatolian plateau is detached from its roots in the lithosphere.

Caesar and 54BC

At ... it seems Caesar may have landed at Pegwell Bay in the Isle of Thanet in 54BC and a fort was constructed to protect the 800 ships at anchor in the bay below. The fort was constructed to protect the beach head at a point on the NE coast of Kent, facing the mouth of the Thames. On the other side of the river was the territory of the Trinovantes and the Cassivelauni, important tribes at that time.

gravitational waves

William forwarded a link to a video of Wal Thornhill - go to ... which questions the idea gravitational waves were really detected and the actual existence of black holes.

lightning and C14

Robert Farrar sent in the link to this post. However, it was featured a days ago in an earlier News post, on November 24th, at .... (see ). I took that post from Tall Bloke's blog site. Robert's link, on the other hand, concentrates on C14 rather than the production of anti-matter particles (although in the comments C14 is a feature).

Black Hole anomaly

A black hole anomaly - see ... at the centre of our galaxy, in the immediate vicinity of the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, is a region of intense ultra violet light and x-ray radiation. This sort of activity is not thought to be conducive to new star formation - yet it is. New observations from ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) have recorded eleven low mass stars forming perilously close to the smacking lips of the aforesaid black hole. They are just 3 light years away.

Plate Tectonics but different

At ... geophysicists discover evidence for an alternative style of plate tectonics - although it doesn't really sound much like plate movements. J Tuzo Wilson made his reputation in the 1960s by introducing the geology world to the concept of plate tectonics - which is not so long ago. Since then the theory has never been seriously challenged - although heretics still exist.

Green Axes

In Current Archaeology 333 (December 2017) we learn that one third of Neolithic stone axes in Britain come from greenstone outcrops at the foot of Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle, two mountains overlooking the Langdale Valley in the Lake District. Ireland's equivalent are porcelanite outcrops on Teivebulliagh mountain in Co Antrim. One hundred Langdale axes have been found in Irelan d and 200 from Co Antrim have been found in various parts of Britain. Green stone axes were traded extensively.

Russian Camels

At ... and ... we have a story of a camel painted on the walls of a cave in the southern Urals that is assigned to the Upper Palaeolithic period. A two humped camel that is presumably related to the modern Asian camel. The age of the painting has been provisionally date to somewhere between 14,500 and 37,700 years ago. No camels are thought to have existed in the Urals at this time as the area was assumed to be very cold as a result of the Late Glacial Maximum.

Indus rivers

The Indus civilisation thrived during the third millennium BC and into the 2nd millennium BC (basically it was contemporary with the Bronze age in Egypt, the Levant, Iran and Mesopotamia). It was located in what is now NW India and southern Pakistan and emerged on the back of the earlier Baluchistan Neolithic culture. The people were an advanced society that farmed virtually everything from cotton to dates. They established 5 large cities with plumbing and sewerage systems etc. Harappa and Mohenjo Daro are the most famous sites, situated on Himalaya fed rivers.

Speaking of Water

Speaking of water, scientists discover evidence of recent water flow on Mars - see ... and the scientists in question come from a number of universities and countries but the lead author is from the Open University in Milton Keynes. They claim they have found evidence of recent glacial meltwater in spite of the widely held opinion that the climate on Mars is too cold to melt ice. The evidence in question revolves around the identify of an esker (what they interpret as an esker and it does look very much like it is).