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. Applause!
These enigmatic features have long puzzled me, along with every other sentient being who has bothered to take a close look at them. While not surely created simultaneously from above, the bays still manage to defy conventional explanations despite many tortured efforts to explain them away. The contention that these features are nothing more than ghosts of old lakes is ridiculous. I have worked very, very intimately with these lands — and these suckers are not simply old ponds.
For one, our team cored a bay in this photo. “Howard Bay,” as it were. Howard Bay was never a lake. All the way to the bottom throughout the feature there is not one scintilla of organic material. All pure sand. How could it be that a lake once existed there but no lucustrine evidence remains? (I’ll dig up some of the old data and post later).
Furthermore, the standing explanation, elucidated by Dr. Andrew Ivester (before returning to work in his father’s auto parts business) does not stand to reason. Ivester claims the bays were simple lakes formed on-again off-again through the recent ice-ages.
CORRECTION: Dr. Ivester contacted me and neiher he nor his father work in the auto parts business. My bad and faulty memory from a brief chat we had in ’06 or so in Savannah, GA, at Southeastern GSA conference. Back to our regularly scheduled blog…
On the basis of 45 OSL dates from and sedimentological analyses of rims of Carolina bays in Georgia and South Carolina, Ivester et al. (2007) concluded that a single Carolina bay was actively modified between 12,000 to 50,000 BP; 60,000 to 80,000 BP; a
nd 120,000 to 140,000 BP. His conclusions is collaborated by the OSL dating done by Brooks et al. (1996, 2001), Grant et al. (1998), and Ivester et al. (2002, 2003, 2004b) on other Carolina Bays and the fact not all Carolina Bays are as perfectly aligned as they are claimed to be. In any one location, the orientation of their long axes varies by 10 to 15 degrees as discussed in Johnson (1942), Kacrovowski (1977), and Carver and Brooks (1989). Plate 3 of Kacrovowski (1977) also shows the long axes of Carolina bays becomes, at best, distinctly bimodal and exhibits two greatly divergent directions and, at worst, completely random and lacking any preferred direction within the northernmost part of their distribution, i.e., Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, Maryland. Wiki on bays
How the hell then did the bays retain their symmetrical organization through these distinct climatic ages? Would we not see some genetic and temporal relationship between bays of one age versus those formed in another? How exactly did winds conspire to form bays of the same alignment from one age to the next?
There are problems with a simultaneous creation mechanism as well. With the exception of nanodiamonds galore, there is little evidence of a cosmic interaction. If something did happen suddenly, it was of a nature we do not yet fully understand.
But waving off the ET hypothesis with an admonishment that all is known — and there is nothing here to see — is simply not an option for the Tusk. I wish Davias and many others well in their effort to unlock the truth. And I look forward to sharing every twist and turn with you here.