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13 Jul 2021
A Vexed Question

A vexed question - what causes extinction events? The problem has disturbed scientists for a long time, eager to keep their distance from the idea of catastrophism. Most of the problems, it could be argued, rise out of  geochronology and the inordinately long time scales assigned to sediments laid down at extinction events.

9 Jul 2021

At ... Not a nova. Not even a supernova - but a hypernova. Ten times more energetic than a supernova. It has been detected in the constellation of Aquila, the eagle. It is assumed that it marks the destruction of a collapsed rapidly spinning star - a phenomenon astronomers describe as a 'magneto-rotational hypernova', These cataclysms were previously unknown - until now.

9 Jul 2021
Geoid Shifting

On the web site of New Concepts in Global Tectonics, you can read all their back issues without charge. For their June 2021 issue go to ... and look for volume 9 number 2. It has a very interesting article for anyone interested in maps and continental shelf systems - and former land surfaces. The article is by Masahiro Shiba of the Museum of Natural and Environmental History in Shizouka, Japan. It is fascinating - and one to make you think.

8 Jul 2021
Mars Dust and Black Holes

At [7th July 2021] ... we learn that dust storms on Mars spill into space. According to research published in the AGU journal JGR Planets Mars appears to leak a lot of dust. It fills a huge volume of the inner solar system with gritty debris. You can even see it with the naked eye. The bright triangle in this image from the Haleakala Observatory on Hawaii is mars dust ...

8 Jul 2021
Toba Anomaly

At ... an interesting exercise in musical chairs. The Toba volcano in Indonesia is said to have erupted 74,000 years ago, but has been a bit of a bugbear for the last few years as archaeologists discovered it had little effect on humans living in India and Africa. This sort of blemished the shine on the severity of the volcano, or rather, super volcano. It was hailed as the biggest volcano in the last two million years - at least. It was assumed it was devastating to life on earth, including that of humans.

8 Jul 2021
Permian wild fires

At ... one aspect of the proposed meteor bombardment at the Younger Dryas boundary is purported evidence of wild fires - although the actual evidence is subject to dispute. Now, the same idea has become part of the Permian-Triassic transition event [otherwise the end of Permian extinction episode]. The transition, presumably an event that is extended by the dating of sediments laid down, is said to be the most significant extinction event in earth's history.

8 Jul 2021
Sharks and King David

This story has popped up across the internet - but see for example ... a mystery discovered in the city of David - Jerusalem. A cache of fossilised sharks teeth have been found in early Iron Age strata at Jerusalem. The blurbs, or news release, calls it the city of David - but that depends on which archaeologist you favour. The same team, it would seem, have come across hoards of sharks teeth elsewhere - well, at least, at two different archaeological digs.

7 Jul 2021
Grazing Grass in the Ice Age

This story is at ... large herbivores grazed on grass year round in the Arctic zone during the last Ice Age. The blog author picked up the story as it refuted global warming. If grass was growing in the Arctic and big animals were able to graze even though co2 levels were reputedly much lower does this not contradict the co2 is evil and we'll all die of heat exposure story. After all, the alarm over too much co2 is all about the permafrost melting.

4 Jul 2021
Fagradalsfjall Update

The Fragradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsular of Iceland began to erupt in March. It is still ejecting large volumes of liquid basaltic lava - see  .. and the July issue of 'Down to Earth' magazine [2021]. A live webcam of the volcano is available to view. The editor adds, the eruption continues to come up with surprises and unless and until we begin to see some slight change in the composition of the basalt it may well go on erupting.

4 Jul 2021
Finland Snake

This story came out last month but Phys.Org have updated it - see ... The snake in question is made of wood and its head is carved quite deliciously, and the body encapsulates the slithering nature of the beast. It is just 53 cm in length and 2.5 cm thick. It is incredibly well preserved - and was found with other wooden items, seemingly after the drowning of a campsite of hunter-gatherers. It resembles an adder, we are told, or a grass snake. The latter is not venomous and can be handled, but is known to inhabit watery places.