Catastrophism news

Who might be pressing the SIS button - comets and catastrophe

At ... 13,000 years ago Earth may have been struck by multiple Tunguska sized cometary fragments over the course of about an hour, according to astronomer Bill Napier of the Cardiff University Astrobiology Centre. It led to the dramatic cooling of the Younger Dryas event. His paper, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been out for over a year - but some people are just picking up on it.

A cold blast of air at the end of the Old Kingdom

At dear auntie, there is an excellent and well thought out article on the collapse of Egypt at the end of dynasty 6. People have said that the very long reign of Pepi II led to infighting among his heirs and led to decentralisation but the author strongly disagrees with this argument and several others. Fekri Hassan says there were a series of low Nile floods and the Faiyum, a lake 65m deep, dried up in the process. This implies it evaporated.


At there is an interesting catastrophist web site - or is it a blog. Once again it is the Taurid complex that gets the primary attention and Velikovsky's solar system changes are regarded as unlikely. The authors claim that over the last 60,000 years cosmic objects have impacted with earth in large numbers and have radically terraformed the face and environment of the earth. However, most of these events are not visible on the ground so it is proposed there was a preponderance of low angle entries.

Is the sky falling?

David Morrison, a NASA senior scientist, is well known as a sceptic of fringe science. In particular, he is disparaging of Velikovsky. As a result of this he is also highly critical of Clube and Napier too - claiming they derived their ideas from Velikovsky. That may well be so - they do have a remarkable amount of similarity. In 1997 David Morrison wrote a Book Review for an American publication - therefore outside my box. The story comes from a commenter on the Cosmic Tusk blog.


Leroy is a bit late to the plate. He is currently pushing the Ravindra Godbole web site, something that SIS did some months ago (also featured on In the News). Actually, Leroy has provided something of a prod as the web site pages are actually the chapters of a book with the same name - and full of information. Cheers, Leroy. He may not be everybody's favourite bunnie but he does keep promoting the Clube and Napier hypothesis - when most people out there have forgotten all about it.

Gary Gilligan

Gary Gilligan informs an update to his web site, the subject aurorae and the Egyptian ram-headed god, Amun. He is often depicted as a human wearing distinctive plumed auroral headgear and Gary is of the opinion he represents Mars (or the god known as Mars to the Romans). Go to 

Cooking the atmosphere

There is another interesting post at Cosmic Tusk ( which dates back to April 2010, a guest blog by Rodney Chilton, a Canadian climate scientist and the author of 'Sudden Cold: An examination of the Younger Dryas cold reversal' - go to web site and look down RH menu for past posts, a number of which are archived. The titles you want come under Guest Blogs, one of which is by Rod Chilton. Click link.

Tsunami in 1014AD - struck Britain and Caribbean

At ... not just in 1014AD but on a number of occasions in the first millennium BC and beyond. Dallas Abbott's co-authors included Simon Haslett of the University of Wales. We did at one time try and get him to speak to us but at the time he was unavailable but was willing to speak at a future date. The paper itself can be downloaded from Cosmic Tusk (above) in pdf format, saved and printed out (24 pages including notes).


The blog is herewith a recommended site to visit, as the author has asked us to make it available for interested parties. It concerns his ideas regarding the early solar system. In a 10 page print out he begins by saying that binary star systems are seemingly more common than solitary star systems such as ours and that it too may have began as a binary system. It became a one star system after a collision that was extremely violent and this event created the comets, asteroids and allowed Jupiter to swallow huge amounts of hydrogen.

The 1300AD event

Yes, a new timeline for a sudden change in climate - this time in the Pacific basin (see ). This is basically the transition between the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age (stage one), a period of roughly 100 years that witnessed environmental change, disruption of human societies and changes in sea level (see Nunn 1999, Nunn 2000, and Nunn and Britton 2001, Kumar et al 2006 and Masse et al 2006).