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14 Nov 2021
Slow Seismic Waves

At ... subduction zones are central to Plate Tectonics theory. One plate is thought to slide under another in order to compensate for new growth on the sea floor [and avoid earth expansion]. Apparently, it has been found that at least one subduction zone the seismic waves are slower than anticipated. Various theories why are on offer.

14 Nov 2021

At ... siege ramps and the breached walls of ancient Lachish. A team of archaeologists have reconstructed how the Assyrian army may have built the ramp by using images on a relief of the siege uncovered in the palace of Sennacherib.

3 Nov 2021
Atacama Cosmic Blast

Following on from yesterday. At ... deposits of dark silicate dust are strewn across a 75 km long corridor in the Atacame desert of northern Chile, between the Andes on the east, and the coastal range on the west. New research says they were likely formed by the heat of a come [or comet fragment] exploding close to the surface. It has been provisionally dated to 12,000 years ago. The heat was so intense it turned the sandy soil into slabs of silicate glass.

3 Nov 2021
Galactic Super Winds

At ... when astronomers have observed superwinds travelling at extremely high speeds from star clusters, known as starbursts, they have generally assumed the winds were driven by supernovae exploding. The idea is that blast can explain supersonic speeds. It is a basic tenet of mainstream astronomy. However, a recent starburst has upset the applecart it would seem as the star cluster is considered too young to be experiencing supernovae [the death of stars].

2 Nov 2021
Shocking the System

At ... Andrew Hall is a man with some interesting ideas on geology. His talks, at conference, are always well received, and the various offerings he dishes up to Thunderbolts. Some people think he is actually rewriting geological theory - which is untrue. He is offering some different ways to interpret some of the rocks of the world. Fred Hoyle, in one of his books, described the effects of lightning on mountain tops, and high ground.

31 Oct 2021
Tarim Basin Mummies

At ... the Silk Road and it many routes through central Asia, brought east and west together in a vibrant trading system. The Yinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region was a crossroads. Back in the 1990s discovery was made of hundreds of naturally mummified human remains dating between 2000BC and AD200, in what is known as the Tarim Basin. They seemed to have a western Asian look to them, sparking various theories on their origin. Buried in what looks like boat coffins, they occur in an otherwise barren desert, adding further to the mystery.

31 Oct 2021

At ... a Univerisity of Maine led study has found evidence of humans in the Falkland Islands going back deep into the Holocene. In particular, between AD 150 and the 1400s, as well as in the 1700s. The latter corresponds with the arrival of European settlement but the former appears to indicate people from Patagonia were able to reach the Falklands by boat from roughly what we might describe as the Roman Warm Period until the outbreak of the Black Death pandemic in the 1400s.

31 Oct 2021
Roman statues and their heads

At ... sent in by Gary. An archaeological survey is being undertaken along the route of the HS2 high speed railway to nowhere. The remains of St Marys church in what used to be the village of Stoke Mandeville has been the object of intense excavation. The church went out of use as a result of the movement of the village a mile or so away, and the construction of a new church there not so long ago.

31 Oct 2021
Jupiter's Great Red Spot storm track

Gary also sent in the link to ... [see also and ] ... the Juno spacecraft has peered deeper into the clouds on Jupiter and it seems the Great Red Spot storm track extends far beneath the top of the atmosphere. The storm seems to reach a depth of 500 km it has been calculated. The jet strems that make the bands of colour at the top of Jupiter's atmosphere on the other hand extend 3000 km downwards.

31 Oct 2021
Quartzite Burrows

Another link sent in by Gary. See ... the mystery is a geological one. Perforations in an Australian rock section, namely in a quartzite, appear to resemble animal burrows of some kind. They are thought to belong to marine crustaceans - which is even more perplexing. They have been known about for some 50 years, roughly, and until now nobody has come up with a sound explanation. The quartzite is as hard as cement. The rock is very old. How could animals dig burrows in such hard rock.