Some further catastrophic web sites

At ... Dennis Cox suggests naming post impact plasma vortice of large airburst impact events which are commonly mistaken as ignimbrite, or volcanic tuff, as infernignite. This, he says, is impact melt formed when a terrain is flash melted, ablated, and forged by intense heat and the pressure of the vortice. Infernignites, he goes on, are formed and emplaced in an atmospheric pressure driven scenario and resemble a pyraclastic flow.

Sea Level around the coast of Britain in the Holocene

Ian Shennan of the Sea Level Research Unit at Durham University has written and co-authored a number of books and articles on the subject but as with all modern science, computers have predictably been seconded to provide a knowledge base, and modelling, as always, has been developed as an aid to see how small changes over many years may have panned out at different points in time. There is of course nothing wrong with that - it is an extremely useful tool, supposing all the information is fed into the models.

Nebra Speculation

At  August 23rd ... German scientists think a volcano was responsible for the burial of the Nebra sky disc at roughly 3600 years ago. Amazingly, they are talking about the eruption of Thera in the Mediterranean, many miles distant from Saxony-Anhalt where the astronomical device was found. Now, it might be that the scientists were having a bit of fun - but no, they were very serious.


At there is a longish piece about a lost language and the discovery of a numbering system from coastal Peru that was lost after colonisation by Europeans.

Anti-matter going bang

At August 21st (see also BBC News) .... anti-matter can create huge explosions is an accurate statement but anti-matter meeting matter isn't actually an explosion - it is dubbed an annihilation. A space search for anti matter via a particle detector onboard the space shuttle Endeavour, is set to launch in september where it will be transferred to the International Space Station and operate over the next 18 years. The hope is that they will find this elusive property.

Magnetic fields of stars - a breakthrough?

At ... a University of Dundee press release claims a breakthrough in the study of magnetic fields - which will add to what we know about stars including our Sun. The team, from a magnetohydrodynamics research group, used computer simulation of plasma in the atmosphere of the Sun and by looking at how the magnetic field responded to plasma they have uncovered what they say are now rules that govern, or exact influence, over the solar atmosphere.

What makes a Black Hole?

This is one of those uncomfortable pieces of emerging evidence that might result in an upset. At is a story that is being widely reported - it's just too good to ignore. European astronomers have demonstrated that a magnetar, an unusual form of a neutron star, was formed from a star with at least 40 times the mass of our Sun. The result presents a challenge as a star as enormous as this was thought to become a black hole - but that did not happen.

The moon may have shrunk

At it is alleged the moon has shrunk - over the last I billion years. The evidence is lobate scarps and the hypothesisi s that scarps formed due to shrinkage as the moon cooled causing the crust to wrinkle.

Ancient Creation Myths - one kind of interpretation

At August 20th ... 'What on Earth ... ' is a post by Rens van der Sluijs and along the vein of his auroral notions as outlined in his book and in various articles. He suggests ancient creation myths have an origin in auroral phenomena and take place with the magnetosphere of the earth - which on occasions appeared to be alive. For example, according to the San Bushmen, 'in the earliest days the Sun lived among the tribes of the bush' and 'was like other men' - which is clearly not right.

A Chinese Pompeii ? provides information about a Chinese catastrophe from ancient history in Hunan province. As Pompeii was destroyed by a volcano and the city preserved beneath a thick stratum of ash so too was an ancient Chinese town destroyed, by locusts . and preserved intact.