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22 Jul 2020
Breaking Plates

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-idea-earth-outer-shell-broke.html ... In this article we are told that it is well understood that volcanoes and earthquakes can be explained by the 50 year old theory of Plate Tectonics. This theory claims earth's outer shell, or lithosphere, is subdivided into plates that move relative to each other, concentrating most tectonic activity along the plate margins. Surprisingly, we are then told, the scientific community have no firm concept on how plate tectonics began.

22 Jul 2020
Venus Volcanoes

I thought  it was already recognised that volcanoes on Venus were a source of its anomalous heat. That heat was used by Velikovsky to suggest Venus was a young planet - and had not yet cooled down. The idea Venus suffers from runaway global warming as a result of Venusian greenhouse gases, such as co2, has been accepted for a number of years. It seems even the presence of volcanoes on Venus did not cause a second thought. Apparently, mainstream insisted they were inactive. That sounds like not facing up to the facts, an all too common attribute nowadays.

20 Jul 2020
Update on Storegga

Clarification on the recent piece from the Daily Mail. The actual study does not mention climate change at all and has been inserted by the Daily Mail journalist, or an editor. It may of course have been inserted by whoever released the press story to the media. The full paper can be read at www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/10/7/270/htm ... The event has nothing to do with climate change and is purely a geological phenomenon.

18 Jul 2020
Gary, William and Robert

Gary, William and Robert have been sending in links, often to the same stories. The next four posts are links sent in by them.

18 Jul 2020
Close up images of the sun

At www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02136-4 ... a photograph of the sun, at the closest point ever ...

18 Jul 2020
Flares and Earthquakes

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8527523/ ... earthquakes could be triggered by streams of postively charged ions ejected by solar flares on the  solar surface - according to a new study. Is this a case of pseudo science becoming mainstream science. Piers Corbyn was laughed out of court when he said something similar a few years ago. Researchers in Rome studied a link between solar eruptions and earthquakes and found within 24 hourse of a coronal mass ejection earthquakes in several locations somewhere on the earth seemed to happen.

18 Jul 2020
Storegga Tsunami Wave

The final one of four sent in by Gary, William and Robert - see for example www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8529237/ ... the claim is that new evidence has been found of a massive tsunami that drowned the southern basin of the North Sea (known as Doggerland). It followed the Storegga collapse off the coast of Norway. It has been given the title of the Storegga Slide event. An area of sea bed the size of Scotland, including a lot of sediment on the sea floor, shifted abruptly and slid into a trench system that runs down the spine of the North Sea basin, wider at the northern end.

18 Jul 2020
Comet Neowise

   ... Image of Comet Neowise taken by Jeff Dai of Ankong in China. The comet is becoming dimmer as it travels away from the Sun but the tail is still significant as a feature of the sky as it approaches Ursa Major. It will be naked eye visible in the coming week. After that, who knows. See https://spaceweather.com (Saturday 18th July 2020).

18 Jul 2020
A Sort of Supernova

A blast from a white dwarf star caused it to shoot itself out of its orbit in a 'partial' supernova event. It is now travelling towards the Milky Way. The research was done at the University of Warwick - see https://phys.org/news/2020-07-blast-star-hurtling-milky.html ... and https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa1761 ... and the big question being asked is, are there more stars crossing our galaxy that we don't know about? How many of them might there be in transit and how would you know where they may be located.

18 Jul 2020
Carnian Pluvial Episode

The word pluvial is usually associated with water - a watery environment. The Wranglia is a large igneous province that spewed out lots of greenhouse gases - or volcanic gases to be more exact. Climate shifted in association with the Wranglia, leading eventually to a warmer world that was wetter, and humid. This was the Carnian Pluvial Episode. So, we have a massive tectonic event and evidence of a watery landscape. Where might we have heard that before. See https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/insights-into-climat... ...