Geological Oddities

28 July 2013

At … is another amusing post from Tim Cullen with a sarcastic take on geology as it is presented by mainstream academia. In this instance the focus is on stratigraphy – but whether you fall for it or not it is still something to think about as many a true word is said in jest. Min the Gap is a reference to the fact the sedimentary record is incomplete – vastly so. There are gaps – even Charles Darwin told us about those gaps. Cullen says what we have (the record in the rocks) is the occasional entry with pauses in between (please note he is referring to sediments and not to geochronology which is an academic exercise). Hence, he says, there is no accurate knowledge of how long sediment levels take to accumulate (or how much time elapsed between each deposition). Some thick levels are laid down quickly and some thin levels take a very long time (he quotes a variety of people and books and articles).

Then, interesting to SIS members, Cullen then makes a long quote from Alfred de Grazia (see He famously said, 'someone has stolen the rocks of the Earth' as the geological formations are never present for inspection in the one place – and some 98 per cent of Earth's sediments have disappeared. Others, of course, put that figure much lower – but it is still extraordinarily high.

He continues by discussing the age of the Earth. De Grazia has suggested around 90 million years. Lord Kelvin reckoned it was between 400 and 20 million years. And so on. For obvious reasons, Lord Kelvin was very popular with uniformitarians and they said he did not account for heat produced by radioactive decay. Cullen then launches into a brief series of anomalies involved in mainstream thinking – and so on.

At … is also somewhat tongue in cheek as it discusses erratic boulders found in various parts of Lowland southern England. The problem for mainstream here is that they could not have reached so far south by the medium of ice as the last ice sheet did not reach anywhere near that far. He looks at several kinds of erratics – the blue stones found at Stonehenge for example, the Hertfordshire pudding stone erratics (which are found all across the London clay deposits, miles from their point of origin), and all that sarsen stone (used as standing stones, building stones, street cobbles, farm gate-posts, and so on). He concludes, much as various article in SIS journals, that the erratics were moved by water and points out this is flooding on an unusual scale. It was capable of transporting large erratic boulders and lesser debris too as it appears to be all part and parcel of the boulder clay deposits.

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