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10 Jun 2019
Earth's Mantle is Magnetic

At ... which is derived from ... most scientists have thought in terms of the Earth's magnetism powered by materials in the core or crust. A new study published in the journal Nature differs. Hematite, a common iron oxide, retains it magnetic qualities even at very high temperatures. Hence, the Mantle is magnetic as well. Unsettled science is action.

10 Jun 2019
Radio Emission Bridge

Interesting one at ... an article in the journal Science by an international team describe how they found a ridge of radion emissions joining two galaxy clusters - a sort of bridge between the pair. Prior studies had shown that some galaxy clusters have magnetic fields - and the research was intent on seeing how this works.

10 Jun 2019

At ... Dr Ferenc Mark Miskolczi was an astrophysicist working for NASA. Part of his job was to analyse radiosonde data and his curiosity led him to find an empirical observation. He published and continues to stand by his findings. However, they did not go down very well with climate scientists (or the bigwigs at NASA). Sceptics were not too impressed either and the major problem is that his writings are very dense and full of mathematics.

10 Jun 2019
Planktonic Blooms

This is an interesting piece of research as it has been suggested the chalk formations have a connection with planktonic blooms - but what might have caused such huge blooms. A study at Stanford University shows how hydrothermal vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms - see for example ...

11 Jun 2019
Minch Basin Crater

At ... some time ago geologists came across evidence of an archaic impact event in NW Scotland but where the crater was situated eluded them. Not now it seems they have found it - 15 to 20km west off a remote part of the Scottish mainland, buried beneath both water and younger rocks, in the Minch Basin.

11 Jun 2019
The late third millennium BC in the southern Levant

At ... urban settlements in agriculturally productive valleys and plains in the southern Levant broke down between 2500 and 1950BC (contemporary with the First Intermediate Period in Egypt). In some places life continued as if nothing much had happened. For example, Tall al-Hammam in the Jordan Valley thrived during EBIV. The late 3rd millennium BC is coeval with the end of the EB period in the Near and Middle East.

12 Jun 2019
Ice Age Horses

Horses were common animals of the Pleistocene in Eurasia and right across Siberia into North America. At ... the greatest concentration of cave art is in southern France and northern Spain where horses and bison are the most frequently depicted animals. The paintings and etchings of horses reveal an unexpected amount of variation. These are the caballoids (the complex of domestic horses and their feral derivatives).

12 Jun 2019
Alaskan Muck Deposits

What has been found in the Muck deposits rather than what caused the muck deposits. See for example ... in 2004 scientists in the Yukon discovered a surprising remnant of the Pleistocene, an Ice Age flower meadow (including some of the grasses which were still green but dating back 30,000 years ago). It was situated below a layer of tephra at Gold Bottom Creek, some 40m long (and buried and preserved by the volcanic ash). It is therefore an invaluable source of information about conditions in the Yukon during the Late Pleistocene.

12 Jun 2019
Australian Wipe Out

At ... climate change sparked mass ice age extinction event in Australia, 30,000 years ago. From turtles as big as 8 feet across, and lizards 6 feet long, the megafauna of Ausatralia was astonishing - yet they were wiped out in a mass extinction event which involved a sudden change in climate and environment. In spite of this researchers regularly blame Aboirigines for killing these big animals (using wooden spears to attack armour coated lizards).

12 Jun 2019
Solar Minimum and Noctilucent Clouds

Two interesting posts on noctilucent clouds and the solar minimum - we are currently at the end of one solar cycle and just entering another. It seems that during solar minimum the atmosphere shrinks and this is why this year, last year, and next year will have lots of noctilucent clouds (just after sunset). In the two links below, 2018 and 2019, there is each a video of the phenomenon, created by meteor smoke and water crystals high in the upper atmosphere.