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18 Mar 2012
Near Miss to Miss us again

At .... we learn that the asteroid that came close to earth earlier in the year will do the same thing next year. Known as 2012 DA14 it has an orbit synchronised with that of the earth's orbit - and it jumps inside and outside of the path of the earth two times a year.

18 Mar 2012
New dates for Egyptian necropolis ... and titbits

At ... Polish researchers have redated burials at Meidum that were formerly restricted to dynasty 4. It seems burials continued at the necropolis all the way down to the New Kingdom, shattering previous assumptions. These assumptions that formed a consensus (oh dear, that word once again) it seems have never been questioned until now - and a breath of fresh air has entered the debate. Why is the consensus accepted without substantiation - in many areas of science?

18 Mar 2012
Riches of the Dark Age

At and is another discovery, this time in Cambridgeshire, of a grave with rich trappings that indicates the dark age was not really 'dark' but an incredibly wealthy period - for large numbers of people. On this occasion the body of a young girl, laid out on a bed with iron legs, as if she was at rest, had a delicate and well made gold and garnet cross on her chest.

16 Mar 2012
Footprints in the sand and fossil humans in China

At ... animal and human fossil footprints found in peat and covered by sand at Borth beach in Ceredigion have been dated between four and three thousand years ago. A line of post holes has also been spotted and a well known submerged forest lies close by - indicating the coastline at this point was further out in Cardigan Bay at the time the fossil footprints were laid down. They emerged as a result of shifting sand on the beach and the sand is expected to recover them in the weeks ahead.

15 Mar 2012
Iron in the Oceans

At ... news that the Thera volcano (Santorini) is filling up with fresh magma - is it about to blow?

15 Mar 2012
WISE mapping

At ... 'flying through a geomagnetic storm' is an astronaut onboard the International Space Station commenting on what he can see as he flies over the auroral light show.

12 Mar 2012
Sicily to Tunisia

In a book picked up from a charity shop, Art and History of Egypt by Alberto Carlo Carpiceci, it begins with some extraordinary geological information on the Mediterranean basin. The Italians would be more concerned with this part of the world than people over against the Atlantic seaboard. It says that in the Palaeolithic era the Mediterranean Sea was cut into two basins - divided by a tongue of land that joined Tunisia and Italy, the islands of Malta being a remnant.

8 Mar 2012
The YD boundary event ... a solar flare?

This story is a year old but Ive fished it out as it offers an alternative explanation for the Younger Dryas event - see and is the hypothesis of Paul LaViolette of the Starburst Foundation in a paper published in the journal Radiocarbon (last year). It is interesting in that he notes there were radiocarbon 'spurts' when radiocarbon levels in the atmosphere shot up suddenly in which he attempts to tie in with solar Hale cycles (and the de Vreis 200 year solar cycle period).

8 Mar 2012
Dating Thera

Various attempts to equate the low growth tree ring event of 1628-5BC with the Thera volcano are not supported by acidity peaks in ice cores. Whereas Mike Baillie sought to show a 40 year error/difference between tree ring dates and those of ice cores there are in fact a number of acidity peaks in GISP2, at 1669, 1623, 1602, 1600, 1594, and 1577BC. These are best described as originating in volcanoes - but only those eruptions with a sulphur content.

8 Mar 2012

The Mariana Trench in the Pacific has been mapped (mentioned in an earlier piece) with ultrabeam sounding technology and scientists, subsequently, have measured the depth - roughly 11000m. However, it is the discovery of four bridges spanning the trench that is most surprising and they are thought to be caused by one plate descending into the hole and becoming snagged when the sea plate subducting has sea mounts. There are lots of sea mounts on the Pacific plate and are as much as 2500m high.