Sea Level change

In the journal Geology (28th July 2015) doi:10.1130/G36914.1 ... there is an article that seeks to establish a synchronicity in key Holocene chronologies by extracting evidence from Irish bog pines - by Max Torbenson, et al. (a collaboration between scientists from Queens University in Belfast, Gottingen in Germany and the University of Alabama). It was described as an opportunity to test the stability of the Greenland Ice Cor chronology against IntCa (C14 calibration curve) and the idea was to see if there was any corresponding evidence of the 6200BC event.

Green Men

Again, from Northern Earth 147 (December 2016), Eric Fitch recalls he was innocently listening to a classics CD featuring the music of Purcell, specifically the Fairy Queen, when he noticed a reference to a 'Dance for the Green Men' - and green men with tangles of wild plants and vines as hair around faces little more than a pair of eyes and a mouth seem to invoke a fair bit of controversy. Green men faces in churches have a connection with nature - and fecundity. It was a symbol used to illustrate renewal - as in the Resurrection.

Nice Story

Bob Trubshaw, writing in Northern Earth 147 (December 2016) has been reading an Oxbow Archaeological publication written by archaeologist Alastair Whittle (in 1997). This concerns what he describes as a 'palisaded enclosure' on the upper reaches of the river Kennet situated on a flat area of land, or flood plain, between the West Kennet long barrow and Silbury Hill (easily accessible as it is alongside the A4 road). Actually, there is nothing much to see from an eyeball view as the enclosures consist of post holes - up to 2000 of them.

Tall el-Hammam

On our home page we have a Face Book link to Phil Silvia who has been taking part in excavations at Tall el-Hammam in the Kikkar region of Jordan (the plain at the northern end of the Dead Sea). This is thought to be a contender for Biblical Sodom as it displays evidence of a catastrophic destruction. This is not to say sodomy has anything to do with the demise as that appears to be a later embellishment, a means of explaining the ruins in a later era. This coming season Phil Silvia will be specifically looking for evidence of the manner of its destruction.

Pluto's Ocean

Some more info has been published about Plut0 - and Charon (see ). Is there life in the sub surface ocean on Pluto? Is it rich in ammonium? Ammonia was detected as a compound on the moon Charon - and a smaller moon of Pluto. Of course, the composition of Pluto's ocean is still an unknown and only speculation exists (even though some people are convinced they know what is going on).

Global Warming is a theory

So says Judith Curry at ... climate scientist Judith Curry ploughs a furrow through the middle of the game. After outlining what she means by truthiness (something short of the truth) and factiness (short on real facts but strong on nearly facts) she describes what she thinks are real facts in climate science (and everything else is fluff so to speak).

Mesospheric Bore

At (December 1st 2016) we have a 'mesospheric bore' - strange goings on in the mesosphere. This is a layer of the atmosphere above the stratosphere. It is the realm of sprites and noctolucent clouds - and air-glow. As early as November 17th NASAs AIM spacecraft spotted noctolucent clouds as seen in the atmosphere above Australia.

Flipping the Poles of Mars

On page 11 of Astronomy magazine (see there is a story gleaned from an article in Nature (March) that modelled the emergence of the Tharsis Ridge, a violently volcanic region of Mars. It is hyptheisized that the emergence of this volcanic zone caused the planet Mars to flip over. See the section Astro News.


A hoary chestnut has reared its head once again - see ... the Aborigines are blamed when scientists come across evidence of landscape fire in the Holocene and Late Pleistocene. This is thought to represent evidence of Aborigines managing their environment, burning off unwelcome vegetation and allowing plants they favour to flourish in a non-forest environment.

Roger Higgs

Roger Higgs featured at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Denver (2016) a few weeks ago, and presented a paper that claimed there was historic evidence for a 5m rise in global sea levels in the Late Roman/early Saxon era. Higgs, who lives in Bude, famous for its surfers on the north Cornish coast, runs his own company and is a busy man, as they say. At face value this idea would seem to support the climate change position as the inference is that the Roman Warm period was responsible for the rapid and steep rise in sea levels (at least around Britain).