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Earthquakes, a Rift valley, and long times ago

26 July 2012

At http://phys.org/print262453864.html … research into the Alpine fault on New Zealand's 'South Island' following on from the Christchurch earthquake, has discovered big ones occur roughly at 330 year intervals. The study is published in the journal Science. Such earthquakes have been happening on a regular basis for at least 8000 years.

At http://news.brynmawr.edu/2012/07/24/pedro-marenco/ … is about a geological excursion to look at the environment that followed a major extinction event, millions of years ago (the end of Permian extinction event). Published in Geology and available online it challenges the former geological opinion that it took some 5 million years for life to recover. This is probably a by-product of the uniformitarian geochronological framework, but remaining in step with the spirit of the paper, they found stomatotites did survive, it seems, in the rocks they found. This means the current geological consensus view that the end of Permian event caused an anoxic environment that restricted oxygen levels and therefore the ability of life to form for some 5 million years may very well be an exaggeration if not a miscalculation as stomatotites require oxygen to survive.

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120725132208.htm … we have the discovery of a massive Rift valley, a mile deep, beneath the West Antarctic peninsular. This, it is now thought, is part of the reason why the peninsular periodically loses ice – eagerly seized on by CAGW proponents as proof of their strange pudding. Published by Nature we may further note the valley aligns perfectly with recordings of ice surface lowering and ice loss that have been picked up by satellite observations over the past 20 years.

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