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23 Feb 2012
Earthquakes and Magnetic Stripes on the Sea Floor

Presentation of science to Joe Public is often jazzed up - in books, on TV and in museum displays and the classroom. Take, for example, sea floor spreading (see page 3 at www.newgeology.us/presentation25.html). We are all familiar with the pattern of stripes on the Atlantic sea bed radiating out from the Mid Ocean Ridge. There are diagrams and drawings that have been somewhat set to create that piano key pattern of striping.

22 Feb 2012
Minerals Metals Glazing and Man - out of date?

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/02/2012/aztec-carvings-tell-stor... ... the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in Mexico has carvings depicting Aztec myths including the birth of the god of war Huitzilopochtli. There is a depiction of a cosmic battle in the sky that involved stars falling earthwards - presumably a meteor storm.

20 Feb 2012
From Dartmoor to the Scillies, one slab of granite

In the 'Sunday Times Book of the Countryside' (1983) there is a very nice diagram of the SW peninsular (Cornwall and Devon). It seems that one giant block of granite rises from a single core, or batholith - which reaches down to an unknown depth below the surface. The upper parts of the granite slab protude from the surface on Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, the hills around St Austell, Lands End ... and the Isles of Scilly.

19 Feb 2012
Sailing ships in the Arctic Ocean

There has been some speculation on sailing ships traversing the Arctic Ocean in the late 18th/early 19th centuries - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/the-arctic-voyages-of-william-... which is a stir of the broth as at this time the earth was supposed to be in the embrace of very cold weather. Surely the Arctic Ocean would have been thick with ice and a flimsy wooden boat with sails could never have got further north than the rowing team last year. After all, modern global warming is supposed to be unprecedented.

19 Feb 2012
An Alaska 'big wave' event at the end of the Pleistocene?

Over at http://cosmictusk.com/alaska-big-wave-at-12900/ there is the claim of a huge tsunami wave at the YD boundary - or thereabouts, with some nice Native American artwork to kick it off. Deposits of sea shell and other oceanic detritus found in the Juneau area stratigraphy seems to have been washed ashore from a wave rather being laid down over time. The consensus opinion seems to be that the area was once beneath the sea - a common geological definition whenever sea creatures are found in what are now land-bound locations.

19 Feb 2012
Climate Change over thousands of years

This post is informative ... see www.esd.ornl.gov/projects/qen/transit.html 'Sudden Climate transitions during the Quaternary' ... and is about a whole series of rapid climate transitions over the time span of the last few million years. The most detailed information concerns the YD to Holocene temperature change at 9500BC - which happened very quickly. However, the speed of this change is representative of similar but less well documented climate transitions prior to that date.

18 Feb 2012
Stone Age people under the water

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-english-hampshire-17046338/ ... there is a video of the stone age boatyard found on the bottom of the Solent - since flooded by rising sea levels.

18 Feb 2012
Windy Energy

At www.physorg.com/print248597825.html ... we learn that a paper in Nature claims the extraordinarily high energy emissions at the heart of the Crab Nebula come not from a pulsar at its core but from wind. The pulsar is what is left from after a large supernovae event, theorised as being a neutron star that spins 30 times a second - and appears to pulse in the process. Until now scientists have assumed the energy comes from the pulsar - as it arrives in bursts.

18 Feb 2012
Language and Out of Africa

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120215143001.htm .. anthropologists have said the cradle of language could, or it that 'should', be traced back to Africa. A recent paper that received lots of press attention claimed language could be traced back to specifically, SW Africa, but a new paper has provided a dash of cold water to the fanfare - see Science 335 (no 6069), 2012.

16 Feb 2012
Wikipedia and the Maunder Minimum

It seems too recent but it was only in 1976 that JA Eddy had an article published in Science 192 (no 4245) that established the Maunder Minimum as a fact (see www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/citation/192/4245/1189 and http://bill.srnr.arizona.edu/classes/182h/Climate/Solar/Maunder%20Minimu... ) and see also www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/science-obituaries/5595750/Jack-Eddy... and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Eddy .