Month: December 2010

Vindication: Critic finds Nanodiamonds in Younger Dryas Boundary Claeys

Unbelievable.  Out of nowhere de-facto capitulation.  Phil Claeys, a co-author of the new paper Scribd below, is a persistent and rather snarky critic of the Younger Dryas Boundary theory, see here: Supposed chemical evidence has withered under scrutiny, says impact geochemist Philippe Claeys of the Free University of Brussels. Claeys and colleagues probed YDB samples—both his […]

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Reader Spotlight: Terry Egolf

Reader Terry Egolf has left some interesting and well composed comments on the Tusk lately.  As I say on my “About George” page, I am not a creationist and hardly a student of the good book.  My church in Raleigh is an overwhelmingly social affair that I find spiritually satisfying nonetheless. That said, the Tusk […]

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Pic of the Day: Davias and Perigee Zero stun planet with Carolina Bay image

SEE CORRECTION Update#1:  Larger image now linked to small above;) Mike Davias brought some attention today to one of the Tusk’s favorite subjects: Carolina Bays. His wonderful LIDAR image of the bays — above and first revealed here on the Tusk — was selected as today’s Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Science Picture of the Day. […]

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Brazoria Women: Victim of the Younger Dryas Event?

Report on Brazoria Women 12000 Bc Texas Skeleton

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Heart of the Carolina Bays

Here is a cool LIDAR image of the Carolina Bays in the vicinity of Maxton, N.C. from Michael Davias. Note he highlights a special one that is hard to explain — from any perspective. Michael also has a new Google Earth file I’ll post soon. I haven’t seen the file yet, as my laptop is down […]

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Book: A Chapter in the History of Meteorites

I love out-of-print natural history books.  The observations of the old-timers seem more open-minded and more insightful than modern texts.  Here is a good one: A Chapter in the History of Meteorites

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Unclassified: Dr. Edward Teller and the anomalous nature of Green Fireballs

Dr. Edward Teller REPOSTED FROM: [ – Blacked Out – ] UNCLASSIFIED CONFERENCE ON AERIAL PHENOMENA Held at 1300, 16 February 1949, in conference room P-162, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Present: 4th Army: Major Winn Major Godsoe Captain Neef AFSWP: Commander Mandelkorn University of New Mexico: Dr. LaPaz FBI: Mr. […]

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The Rupununi event

  The Rupununi event I now move on to the suspected explosion over British Guyana in 1935. The main source for information on this event is a story entitled Tornado or Meteor Crash? in the magazine The Sky (the forerunner of Sky and Telescope) of September 1939(5). A report from Serge A. Korff of the […]

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Mini Tunguska: The Rio Curuca Impact, Brazil, 1930

The Day the Earth Trembled by John McFarland reposted from the Armagh Observatory here. When the sun began to rise on the morning of 13 August 1930 like any other morning, little did the inhabitants along the banks of the River Curuçá in the Brazilian Amazonas region, near the Peruvian frontier, realise what was about […]

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Fireballs from Heaven: To be or not to be?

Assuming a thermal breakup for 73P, Wiegert and colleagues have calculated the most likely trajectory of its dust cloud. Their results: dust should reach Earth in 2022, “producing a minor meteor shower–nothing spectacular. However,” he adds, “the ongoing splitting of the comet means new meteoroids are being sent in new directions, so a future strong […]

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