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24 Jun 2020
Julius Caeser and the Alaskan volcano

William sent in this link and it reports on a new idea concerning the blip in cold weather around 44 to 43BC, at the time Caesar died. See www.yahoo.com/news/did-volcnic-eruption-alaska-end-190549444.html ... a group of scientists are arguing that the Okmok volcano in Alaska led to unrest in the Mediterranean around the time of Caesar's death in AD44 with major political repercussions. This appears to ignore that his successor, Augustus, made use of an unusual comet apparition at this time in order to deify Caesar, and therefore himself - leading to unrest in the empire.

24 Jun 2020
Stonehenge Hidden Landscape

William also sent in a link to www.yahoo.com/news/prehistoric-monument-discovered-near-stonehenge-14142... ... near as in a longish walk up the hill to Durrington Walls neolithic site - which overlooks the river Avan (rather, one of the rivers Avon as there are several). Comes with a nice short video. See aso www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53132567 ... and best of all, www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-lies-beneath-stonehenge-180952437/ ... and the big find is a ring of large shafts that form a circle around Durrington Walls huge earthwork.

26 Jun 2020
Global Magnetic Anomaly

At https://spaceweather.com (June 26th 2020) as we are still in solar minima, in transit between two solar cycles, earth's magnetic field has been relatively quiet. On June 23rd inmstruments picked up a magnetic anomaly reports Stuart Green of Preston. For over 30 minutes the local field oscillated like a sine wave (see link above for graph). No sign of any solar wind eruptions reported from NOAA. Nothing. The same oddity was picked up in Norway by another amateur researcher using a magnetometer.

26 Jun 2020
Zealandia Geophysics

A new interactive map of the lost continent of Zealandia has been produced - see www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/new-interactive-map-reveals-the-lost-conti... ... the map allows viewers to explore the geoscience data that shows the bathymetry and tectonic origins of the earth's eighth continent. It is a largfe area of submerged continental crust that became submerged around 23 million years ago, it is said.

26 Jun 2020
African Megafauna

Another mysterous extinction event where one set of animals is replaced by a different set of animals. Giant wolverines and otters the size of wolves once roamed southern Africa. At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-gigantic-wolverines-otters-size-wolves.html ... where we learn that 120km north of Cape Town there is a quarry that is a paleontological treasure trove. Another one - but this quarry dates back 5 million years ago, to another boundary event. We are told the climate differed by 2 or 3 degrees and the sea level was 30m higher.

26 Jun 2020
Dr Plot

Never heard of Dr Plot? Neither had I until I stumbled on this at www.mikeoates.org/mas/leek/sunset.htm ... this is an amateur astronomy web site and therefore we have research outside the box. It is quite an interesting piece of research but raises a big question - is the angle of tilt of the earth changing slowly over time. It concerns an astronomical oddity - one recognised by prehistoric people it would seem. Or does it. The double sunset seen from the churchyard of St Edward the Confessor church at Leek in Staffordshire is the starting point.

29 Jun 2020
UFOs and Solar Activity

Interesting  post at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2020/06/28/mysterious-lights-seen-geomag... ... mysterious lights may be a geomagnetic link to earthquakes. Paul Devereux wrote a couple of books a few decades ago on the subject of Earth Lights and their association with seismic phenomena. It seems that he might at last be recognised as providing an intuitive theory on UFOs and what they might mean. Or at least the kind of lights that pulsate and move and dart around as seen by many eyewitnesses over the years.

29 Jun 2020
Sun Spot Cycle

Tall Bloke again. At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/motions-in-the-sun-reveal-inn... ... motions in the Sun are said to reveal the inner workings of the sunspot cycle. We are told ionised gas, or plasma, moves towards the poles of the surface of the Sun as well as towards the equator, at the base of the convection zone (see also https://phys.org/news/2020-06-motions-sun-reveal-sunspot.html ...). The Sun's magnetic activity follows an 11 year cycle. Over the course of those 11 years the activity comes - and it goes.

29 Jun 2020
Norwegian Fishing Site

William sent in this link - https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-stone-age/archaeologists-ha... ... archaeologists in Norway claim to have found well preserved gear from fishermen that lived 5000 years ago - along with a lot of blue fin tuna remains. A farmer first came across it in the 1930s whilst digging out a deep drainage ditch in a field. Even the bones of a killer whale emerged - and lots of fish hook and harpoons made of bone.

29 Jun 2020
Giant Black Holes

It is assumed by cosmologists that matter falling into a black hole is accelerated and compressed until it is virtually destroyed inside the so called 'event horizon.' This process is thought to create quasars, we are told, rings of hot dust and gas which are the thought to encircle black holes. According to a recent report, a distant object in the far universe, dating back shortly after Big Bang (or the big expansion event) must host a black hole that is described as a monster. Why?