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10 Jul 2011
The Mediterranean earthquake of the 6th century AD

Sediments buried under 8 metres of sand and debris at the Sanctuary of Zeus in Greece are due to a tsunami it is alleged at It is thought the regions has been hit by several flooding events, great tsunami waves that ran between hills and piled up sediment where the valley narrowed. This is akin to some of the detail we had about former tsunamis in Japan after the recent sad event. A marine origin is suggested by the presence of shells of foraminifera in the sediments.

10 Jul 2011
Dwarf Galaxies

Pavel Kroupa of the University of Bonn, and colleagues, analysed the notion of dwarf galaxies, thousands of stars that orbit the Milky Way. These are apparently orbiting in a plane rather than being evenly distributed - which is a problem for calculations. These seem to show such small galaxies do not contain dark matter yet, observations of their orbital speed implies they should contain dark matter as the extent material is not enough to explain the velocities inferred.

9 Jul 2011
Mammoths, Gray whales ... and Polar bears.

Beneath an alpine meadow in the Colorado Rockies a huge fossil bed has been foudn - exactly how and when it was laid down is yet to be worked out. It is some 35 feet deep and is choc a bloc with Ice Age mammals (see ). What is now a meadow environment was formerly a lake and previous to that, a glacier - but where do the animals come from?

9 Jul 2011
Earthquake Lights

At ... it seems the earthquake in March 2011 that shook the sea floor 80 miles east of Japan and released a tsunami wave also produced light phenomena in the sky captured on camera in Hawaii - glaring ripples that moved through the sky. These ripples, it is said, were following the tsunami wave below - or is that something just for the kids?

8 Jul 2011
Eocene anomaly and sea floor spreading ... again

This time, a paper in Nature July 7th (see ) that claims not just push and pull at plate boundaries are responsible for tectonic events but plumes of hot magma rising up from the deep interior of the earth play a role in plate tectonics - but what might cause such upwellings is something else.

8 Jul 2011
Lightning on Saturn

At we learn that Cassini has taken images and sounds of electrical storms on Saturn - and one of them has been raging since December. It generates 10 lightning flashes a second - and this is the tenth such storm revealed by Cassini since 2004 (see also

8 Jul 2011
YD Impact hypothesis bounce-back?

I'm getting dizzy but it seems that a few days ago the Firestone et al hypothesis was on the ropes, even bent forwards on its knees, but now it seems it might bounce back - with a vengeance. At July 6th in a post by George entitled 'Swiss Kiss: Nanodiamonds and Iridium independently confirmed at Bern INQUA session on Younger Dryas climate crash' - so the hypothesis still has legs and is walking, it would seem - in spite of all the negativity over in the US.

6 Jul 2011
Two Times Mann

It seems we have two climate scientists with the monicker of Michael Mann (but with different middle names). This emerged with the publication of a paper where the 'other' Michael Mann was a co-author of the Kaufmann et al release that has admitted, for the first time, that global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008 (ignoring the last couple of years) (see ).

6 Jul 2011
Sea Floor Strips

Musings from the Chiefio, July 4th 2011 ( ... EM Smith looks at consensus theory on sea floor spreading, mainly in the Pacific as he lives in California, and finds some apparent anomalies. This is a not a serious study of sea floor spreading but the blog author just playing around with an idea. He therefore does not reach a firm conclusion - merely points out that the sea floor itself may move, in pieces, but not necessarily in a uniformitarian pattern.

4 Jul 2011
YD boundary event in a nosedive

At is another nail in the coffin of the comet impace theory at the beginning of the Younger Dryas. It looks more and more like they rushed into press without fully weighing up alternative ideas. Claim and counter claim has become a problem and the theory has one glaring problem that it can't get around - the Younger Dryas event was a carbon copy of the Older and Oldest Dryas events and half a dozen Heinrich events that took place over the last 70,000 years (conventional dating).