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25 Feb 2012
Velikovsky Heresies

Gary Gilligan spotted this book for sale on Amazon, see www.amazon.co.uk/Velikovsky-Heresies-Collision-Catastrophes-Revisited/dp... and the product description is as follows .... it provides new evidence from recent space probe missions to support Velikovsky's theories on Venus, presents recently translated ancient texts from China, Korea and Japan that seem to describe a comet like appearance to Venus, and examines evidence of major geomagnetic events in 1500 and 750BC that he claims coincide with close passes of Venus.

25 Feb 2012
Titan

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-048&cid=release_2012-048 there is some interesting information available about Saturn's moon, Titan, the subject of a number of papers in the science press recently. The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back some wonderful images and has shown how Titan's atmosphere resembles that of the earth - with clouds, rainfall, and river valleys, lakes and other geological characteristics that have surprised astronomers to a certain degree.

23 Feb 2012
More Cotton Wool

The forthcoming IPCC AR5 report, it is being suggested, will not look at the Sun as the main driver of the climate, and has omitted reference to a number of papers and research that has done otherwise. There is no surprise in this as IPCC are committed to the idea co2 is the principle driver of climate - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/22/omitted-variable-fraud-vast-eviden... (a guest post by Alec Rawls).

23 Feb 2012
Buckyballs and Fulgarite

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-047&cid=release_2012-047 ... news that NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered solid buckyballs in space. The real name, as mentioned in a post last year, is buckminster fullerenes as they resemble the geodesic dome of an American architect, Buckminster Fuller. In this instance, the lead author of a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, is one Nye Evans of Keele University.

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.