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121. ASTROBLEMES AND GASTROBLEMES [Journals] [Aeon]
... reasoned that a meteorite must have brought it in and the ensuing volcano after impact must have propelled it into the upper atmosphere, whence it "salted" the entire globe. The theory was received enthusiastically and has been much tested in the eight following years. Alvarez' concept was based on several premises: 1) that a massive species extinction event occurred suddenly at the K/T boundary; 2) that there was a single high iridium anomaly in the boundary clay; and 3) that the quantity of iridium implied was too great to have come from any known Earth surface source such as a large volcano. As promising as the idea seemed, it has failed because ...
122. Thoth [Journals] [Thoth]
... age exploration. Overviews on the electrical nature of comets, the "electrical sun", the flow of electricity though and between galaxies, and the electrical underpinnings of gravity make this CD a terrific contribution to a potential new science of the third millennium. The CD production is a co-venture between Thornhill and film producer Robert Dunlap.- MASS EXTINCTIONS: The CD $44.00 Paleontologist and film producer Robert Dunlap has done an excellent job of translating his film material to CD, with attractive visuals and numerous video clips of interviews with prominent scientists. Dunlap, whose earlier work included one of the first documentaries shown on the Discovery Channel, has produced an authoritative summary of five ...
123. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... to Guterbock. Radiation Death for Dinosaurs sources: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE 1.7 .83 INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE 3.7 .83 NEW SCIENTIST 14.7 .83, p. 99 Aristes Yayanos's theory to account for the terminal Cretaceous disaster received wide publicity. Yayanos's paper in NATURE 390, p. 797, proposed that the mass extinctions - particularly affecting the larger land animals - were caused by the effects of thermal neutrons on interaction with sea water and living organisms by the production of short-lived and noxious radioactive isotopes. The neutrons would have come from an increase in cosmic rays entering Earth's atmosphere: the increased influx of cosmic rays could have derived from one of three possible ...
124. The Environment And Preservation Of The Mammoth [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... that this is in fact correct. According to the various uniformitarian advocates of the overkill and climate hypotheses, the end came to these arctic giants 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Other catastrophists such as Hapgood, Hoyle, etc., offer cataclysmic causes for the demise of these animals, but also claim that they became extinct similarly about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Since it has already been demonstrated above that the mammoths did not and could not have lived in the arctic during the lce Age, then they could not have died off therefor any reason uniformitarian or catastrophic at its conclusion. But now to address the fact that the extinction ...
125. Epilogue [Books] [de Grazia books]
... , after an epic quantavolution, continuation of the same processes, greatly altered, lunar fission has to be believed. Yet theoretical logic - call it speculation - has a large role to play, not the least in calculating whether the biosphere would survive. A review of all that has been written on this subject allows an affirmative. The extinction of a species is difficult; the extinction of tens of thousands of species is more difficult; the extinction of nearly all species requires the total explosion of the globe. Exponential reproduction over a few years can hide the most drastic reductions of population by fire, flood, thrusting, explosion, fall-out, radiation, de-oxygenating, and dephotosynthesizing ...
126. Opening the Floodgates [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... uncontroversial and not particularly enlightening. But Lyell held a complex view of uniformity that mixed the consensus about method with a radical claim about substance - the actual workings of the empirical world. Lyell argued that all past events - yes, every single one - could be explained by the action of causes now in operation. No old causes are extinct; no new ones have been introduced. Moreover, past causes have always operated - yes, always - at about the same rate and intensity as they do today. No secular increases or decreases through time. No ancient periods of pristine vigor or slow cranking up. The earth, in short, has always worked (and looked ...
127. The Signature of Catastrophe (Reinterpreting the Geological Record) [Journals] [Aeon]
... These frequently mark drastic changes in lithology (rock type) or fossil content; i. e., a pronounced physical break. Boundaries are now determined by fossil content, fixed at gradational intervals. In addition to apparent grading, fossils are used as boundary indicators when new ones appear that never occur in lower strata, or disappear (extinction), never occurring in higher strata. Frequently, however, the level of a natural boundary in one area differs from that in another area. The assignment of such problematical strata to one system or another is arbitrary. Controversies continue and can sometimes be resolved only by international agreement. We now look to several examples of "boundary ...
128. The Mechanism Of Evolution. Ch.15 Cataclysmic Evolution (Earth In Upheaval) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Earth in Upheaval]
... the formation of new species" (Darwin). As shown on previous pages, the annihilation of many individuals and of entire species in the animal kingdom took place, not only under circumstances of competition, but under catastrophic conditions as well. Entire species with no sign of degeneration suddenly came to their end in paroxysms of nature. Yet extinction of a species through starvation or extermination by enemies also takes place: Moa, the gigantic flightless bird of New Zealand that stood twelve feet high, was destroyed several centuries ago. The whooping cranes of North America were reduced by 1953 to twenty-one individuals. Natural selection cannot account for the wholesale destruction of many genera and species at one ...
129. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... Arabian river New Scientist 3.4 .93, p.7 Remote sensing images of Arabia have revealed that beneath the sands of one of the driest regions of the Earth lie the remains of a vast river, which used to be up to 5 miles wide between 5,000 and 11,000 years ago. CATASTROPHES Yet another extinction Scientific American, December 1992, pp. 20-21 A sixth mass extinction has been announced. This is the oldest yet, just after the start of the Cambrian period when the earliest forms of life had just got going. Amber explained New Scientist 6.2 .93, pp. 31-34 Apparently scientists used to assume that the massive ...
130. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1986 No 1 (Jul 1986) Home | Issue Contents Monitor Another Living Fossil'source: INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE 27.3 .86 Remember the coelacanth? The coelacanth was thought to have become extinct 60 million years ago, and there the matter would have rested but for the discovery of living specimens of the creature, indistinguishable from its ancestors, in the deep sea of the Indian Ocean. The coelacanth was dubbed "the living fossil", but in private the scientific community recognised that it was far from being an unique phenomenon: many species appeared to be unchanged by very, very long periods in the fossil record. Now ...
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