Antarctica in Flames

27 October 2021

Gary sent in the link … wildfire and volcanic eruptions ravaged much of what is now Antarctica, in the Late Cretaceous. The location for the study was James Ross Island, once the home of lush vegetation and dinosaurs. The disaster is dated at 75 million year ago – 9 million years prior to the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs. The caveat here is that the sedimentary layers either side of the asteroid strike are assumed to have been laid down slowly, over millions of years. However, it is likely that these sediments were laid down quickly and are all part and parcel of the event horizon. Experts say the wildfire 'may have been' initiated by volcanoes rather than the impact event. Charcoal fragments seem to come from Araucariaceae, a species of conifer that includes the Gingkos and cycads, as well as conifers. We are also told the Cretaceous 'high fire' period was a global event = not confined to Antarctica. The new study is said to show these wildfires penetrated as far south as the southern polar region. It affected all continents. The assumption seems to be that Antarctica was at the poles, just as it is now. Clearly, it wasn't, otherwise Araucariaceae would not be growing there. Either the poles have moved or continental drift has taken place. One or the other. Last year we had a study that claimed the poles had shifted in Late Cretaceous – but resettled back in their old positions. The asteroid strike was a major environmental issue at the time and wild fires would have been part and parcel of it.

The link of course doesn't mention most of this as they are following the lead given to them by mainstream. It is worth keeping this in mind when reading the article in order to see a more nuanced picture.

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