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101. Society News [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... on the evolutionary aspects of catastrophism, which Velikovsky had thought might prove to be the most valuable contribution his seminal work would leave to science. This chapter of Milton's work, entitled The Divine Spark, led on from his previous talk to the Society in which he had described his theories of Earth accreting material as it repeatedly passed through vast meteoric showers. As each accretion phase was in fact a catastrophe for life on Earth, all surviving life forms had to adapt very rapidly. Milton had been investigating just what the universal triggering mechanism could have been for synchronous bursts of evolution. In pursuing various descriptions of catastrophic phenomena as described in the Bible, Velikovsky had given but little ...
102. Natural Catastrophes During Bronze Age Civilisations [Journals] [Aeon]
... then, photographic surveys of terrestrial impact craters, fireball networks, military detectors and other schemes have become the order of the day. Napier described the effects of impacts of increasing sizes, from 10-30 megatons up to 100,000 megatons, which would have had continental effects and led to mass extinctions. According to him and co-author Clube, meteor showers seem to become vastly enhanced every few hundred years. As Clube had earlier disclosed at the Portland World Conference the January before, the Leonid meteor shower is due for a spectacular peak in 1999. Before the Stones: Stonehenge I as a Cometary Catastrophe Predictor?Duncan Steel (Spaceguard- Australia) Duncan Steel concentrated on Stonehenge I ...
103. How Cosmic Impacts Have Shaped the Moon's Magnetic Field [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... ca> University of California-Berkeley Contacts: Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley + 1 (510) 643-6998, firstname.lastname@example.org, Bill Steigerwald, NASA GSFC + 1 (301) 286-5017, email@example.com To Coincide with Publication in the Journal Science. Lunar Prospector Measurements Show How Meteor Impacts Have Shaped the Moon's Magnetic Field Berkeley- The first four months of data from the Lunar Prospector, a satellite that has orbited the moon since January, has yielded a wealth of new information about magnetic fields on the moon and the possible geologic history of the lunar surface. In particular, magnetic field measurements by an instrument built ...
104. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... on Bygone Meteorites refers to a picture, of a bolide, represented with a "sort of winged Loch Ness Monster for garnishing". In fact the flying dragon was a powerful and enduring analogy for the bolide itself. The great bolide of 1783, referred to in the same letter, was considered to be "of that Species of Meteor which the great Physiologist, Dr. Woodward, and others, call the Draco volans or Flying Dragon". The origin of this analogy may well be early observations such as that of Veseyelod (quoted by E. L. Krinov) who construed a bright meteor he had seen as being a large serpent falling from the clouds. ...
105. Review: Beginnings of the Use of Metals & Alloys, edited by Robert Maddin [Journals] [SIS Review]
... of the complex pyrotechnology necessary to extract copper and tin from minerals and ores happening on more than one occasion, they say. The actual genesis of the concept is perplexing. However, catastrophists might not be puzzled to the same degree. They are aware of other factors. Metals could have been brought to the attention of inquisitive humans by meteoric strikes, for example. Andrews' book, The Birth of Europe, has a far wider remit. It is all about the development of Europe and European civilisation from the beginnings until modern times. In this instance I am only interested in Chapter 3 which deals quite thoroughly with geology and metal exploitation etc. In the remote past ...
106. The Carolina Bays. Ch.7 Deserts And Oceans (Earth In Upheaval) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Earth in Upheaval]
... . Any theory as to their origin must explain their form, the ellipticity of which increases with the size of the bays; their parallel alignment; and the elevated rims at their southeastern ends. In 1933 a theory was presented by Melton and Schriever of the University of Oklahoma, according to which the bays are scars left by a "meteoric shower or colliding comet."2 Since then the majority of the authors who have dealt with the problem have accepted this view, and it has found its way into textbooks as the usual interpretation.3 The authors of the theory stress the fact that, "Since the origin of the bays apparently cannot be explained by the well-known ...
107. The Ocean Enters The Debate. File II (Stargazers and Gravediggers) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Stargazers]
... sense of their vastness but also in their suddenness of, action. Pettersson discovered that the Pacific and Indian ocean beds consist "largely of volcanic ash that had settled on the bottom after great volcanic explosions." He also found a large nickel content in the clay of the ocean bottoms and decided that this abysmal nickel must have been of meteoric origin. Consequently, he concluded, there were "very heavy showers of meteors.... The principal difficulty of this explanation is that it requires a rate of accretion of meteoric dust several hundred times greater than that which astronomers .. . are presently prepared to admit." Only nine months earlier- in November 1949- Professor Maurice ...
... sea and in other parts of the world are beaches at a high elevation. In regard to the raised beaches of Jura it should be said that Islay and Colonsay, all three south of Mull and lona, possess these raised beaches, and they are situated just south of a region which at some date must have experienced a most devastating meteor impact, probably not unrelated to the mysterious island of Staffa and the Giant's Causeway to its south-west. It is interesting in this connection to recall that lona, for long ages before Christianity was adopted, was a sacred place, perhaps the most sacred site of the pagan Caledonian or Caldee Church, and, like the Memphis of Egypt ...
109. The Avebury Cycle by Michael Dames [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Virgo (the Virgin) and to the Pleiades. According to Professor North, prehistoric Europeans aligned their monuments towards the stars but towards the end of the third millennium BC the focus shifted towards alignments that involved the sun and the moon. This curious fact coincides remarkably with the estimated disappearance of the goddess comet. From around this time, meteoric material, the remains of a defunct god (or comet), arrived abruptly and unexpectedly as there was no visible apparition to mark its periodic forays. In Clube & Napier's theory, the Taurid meteor streams impinged upon the atmosphere annually in June and in November. Alignments of sites towards samhain and midsummer would have become even more important ...
110. Metallurgy and Chronology [Journals] [Pensee]
... of a pickax from the Sixth Dynasty were unearthed at Abusir (23), and a heap of broken tools from the same period at Dahshur (24); a lump of iron dust, probably a wedge, was discovered at Abydos (25). Most of these objects showed a nickel content, suggesting that they were made of meteoric iron. The Great Pyramid and Abydos pieces contained "traces of nickel," but the analyses were not conclusive. Meteoric iron does not require extraction from the ore (smelting). If only meteoric iron was used, and no extraction from the ore was undertaken, the process of manufacturing cannot be regarded as complete and the Iron ...
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