More down to Earth but up in the sky, go to http://spaceweather.com October 17th looks forwards to Sunday when the green comet (below) approaches Mars in what is thought
a crack in N America, some Australian volcanoes, and an ancient mountain formation that has disappeared into dust, apart from the roots (a bit like a broken tooth).
At http://phys.org/print332685617.html ... there is apparently a mid continent Rift across the Mid West, some 2000 miles in length, running from Lake Superior south as far as Oklahoma and Alabama. However, it is unseen - as it is now underground. Geologists say it began as a narrow crack in the crust which was subsequently enlarged by the welling up of volcanic rock, and somewhat later, further intrusions of igneous rocks buried the feature.
At http://phys.org/print332601657.html ... the discussion here is the dust bowl of the 1930s - a period where temperatures matched those of the 1990s. It was essentially a prolonged period of dry weather in a particular part of N America. The question is - are there any similarities with modern weather patterns?
We haven't heard a lot from this bit of alarmism for awhile but www.livescience.com/48290-siberian-holes-bermuda-triangle-mystery.html ... where it seems several mysterious craters that have mysteriously appeared in Siberia are being used to explain the hype surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. Explosions of trapped methane gas are thought to account for the Siberian craters - but this should not be thought as a given, but a hypothesis.
At http://phys.org/print332490446.html ... lamprey larva are soft and small and are rarely fossilised. Lampreys themselves are also rarely fossilised because they do not have a skeleton - they have no bones and no teeth. They suck blood. However, in Lower Mongolia there is a Late Cretaceous shale deposit with a perfectly preserved collection of lampreys and their larvae.
At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/10/ ... scroll down to October 14th - where to start we have black holes - do they eject matter or does matter fall into them? This is followed by 'NASA: Moon's volcanoes were active during the Earth's Cretaceous Period (the age of the dinosaurs). This is potentially significant because 'things' were happening on Earth as well as on the Moon, not least the asteroid strike.
Excellent programme on BBC2 last night, the 15th of October, on the discovery of Heracleion in the delta zone of Egypt, at the head of the Canopic branch. Lots of collapsed Greek style temples and Egyptian inscriptions etc. After an hour we learned that it was an earthquake that may caused the sand and silt of the delta to collapse like quicksand. Other sources on the internet appear to suggest the sheer weight of stone monuments was part of the process - gradually sinking into the soft Nile delta soil.
At www.datasync.com/~rsf1/vel/1918.htm ... there is a discussion on the 1918 influenza epidemic, overshadowed as it was by WWI (which ended in the same year) and the idea it was space born in origin, specifically in the wake of strong geomagnetic storms close to inferior conjunctions of Venus with the Sun.
Current World Archaeology 67 also has an article on the Moche culture of coastal Peru. Interestingly, it mentions a century of climatic and societal turmoil (assumed to involve El Nino swings) between AD550 and 650. This century directly follows on from the low growth tree ring event that Mike Baillie dated to AD536-45. The century also included the beginnings of Islam in Arabia and the swathe of conquests unleashed against the Roman and Persian empires, in crisis.