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Tusk Exclusive: Kloosterman hits brick wall, “Secret Science” brings shame to Dutch

Mystery photo of Black Mat in Holland

Han Kloosterman, a wonderful gentleman catastrophist in the Netherlands, has shared an all too typical story with the Tusk revealing the enormous challenge of investigating the Younger Dryas Boundary hypothesis.

Han has long advertised the special nature of the “Usselo Boundary,” a Younger Dryas strata found in the shallow soils of the Netherlands. The layer is the Northern European analogy to the layer so well documented by Dr. Allen West, Vance Haynes and others in North America at the same time. It’s the Black Mat in clogs.

It is hard to overestimate the importance of open-minded, collegial and cooperative treatment of the data concerning such an interesting geological phenomenon. No single researcher will identify every site personally. Those who collect info should share the location (this is not archeology or treasure hunting) and give some general field guidance to others who care to follow up.


As you can read below, Han made a simple request of the Journal and the author. He got The Heisman. Beat it. Leave the temple — fool.

This kind of treatment disturbs the Tusk. It would be so much easier for all involved if people just acted with some class. But no. They put up barriers, play hide the pea, and generally do violence (usually privately and off-line from the literature) to the scientific method.

What a shame.

Eduard Atze Koster


The following happened in Holland recently (March 2011) and seems well worth reporting because it stands symbol for the cavalier attitude and behaviour of so many members of the academic establishment. That means that I am not attacking personally Ward Koster, the bad guy of this story, for he is insignificant – but the case is relevant to a problem that is most certainly of importance, to wit the treatment which the proponents of a new paradigm receive from those of the old one, and who continue in power at the universities.

In the 2011/1 issue of ‘Grondboor en Hamer’ (Grounddrill and Hammer), periodical of the Nederlandse Geologische Vereniging (association of amateur geologists) appeared an article on the Late Pleistocene geology of the Lochem region, some 130kms E of Amsterdam. Included in the article is a good picture of the Usselo Layer (Laag van Usselo), without a good scale, and without mention of coordinates, date and photographer. Koster is emeritus professor of physical geography, Utrecht U., so he is supposed to know the rules. I asked him per e-mail for his source, and whether the exposure is still open, and received a most unsatisfactory answer. The picture was not recent at all, he wrote, and the exposure not open anymore. And that was all. When I insisted (still quite politely), he asked me information about my person, and what I intended to do with the info he might provide. I pointed out to him – this time somewhat less politely – that in my world ANY reader of a scientific journal has a right to know the sources of the information in the article, and that I couldn’t possibly know what I wanted to do with the information before I had received it. End of e-mail exchange.

I sent then an e-mail to de Boer, editor-in-chief of Grondboor en Hamer, who answered me that text and illustrations are the exclusive responsability of the author of an article. End of e-mail exchange.

We know that a new worldview is not necessarily closer to the truth than the one it replaces – Thomas Kuhn has pointed that out eloquently half a century ago. But I pray to all the Gods and Goddesses that may exist, that the catastrophist geologists of the 21st century will be less dishonest than the uniformitarian ones of the 20th century.”

Han Kloosterman.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

13 Responses

  1. Han, they don’t circle the wagons unless they feel threatened.

    Though it is a brick wall, consider it an early sign of impending victory. When their palms sweat, and their eyes dart to and fro, it is a good sign for our side.

  2. Han,

    I’m sure Dr. Koster is quite busy.

    Why didn’t you just tell him you were studying YDB materials, instead of going off on a rant?

  3. BTW –

    Is that “The Street of the Cat Who Fishes”?

    If so, its quite a remarkable name, as all cats fish. I suppose that one was just particularly good at it.

  4. Ed, yes, “Fishing Cat Street” in English, using a grammatical construct not available in French.

    My reaction was that Han has a valid point to feel slighted as he is a known geologist with an interest in the Black Mat. And also, the paper didn’t state where the photo was taken, which the editor should have corrected. However, the spade is a good measure of scale (enlarge the pic to get a better view of the spade).

  5. The Usselo Horizon, a Worldwide Charcoal-Rich Layer of Alleröd Age, Johán B.(Han) Kloosterman 1999 June, extensive references: Rich Murray 2011.04.09
    Saturday, April 9, 2011
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    Symposium “New Scenarios of Solar System Evolution”
    University of Bergamo, June 1999

    Dennis Cox uses Mark Boslough, Sandia Lab, meteor air burst supercomputer simulations to explain geoablation from Mexico to Canada with many Google Earth images: Rich Murray 2011.04.09
    Saturday, April 9, 2011
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  6. Hi Hermann –

    While we may know that, it is very possible his correspondent did not.

    I stand by my opinion that Han should have simply explained his interest in YD boundary layers, instead of immediately going off on a rant.

    As you know, if you’re working with the cutting edge, you can expect to bleed.

    If rebuffed, perhaps Han could ask one of his colleagues to ask for the sample information.

  7. It is about time Dutch earth scientists do something more detailed about the Usselo boundary. If no one is interest in Holland, as a Brazilian geochemist I would love to receive a small sample

  8. Othon, I’ll collect samples for you.

    Tell me how much material you need, taken over how many vertical cms, and from how deep under, from where within, and from how high above the layer.

    In a few months my daughter who lives in Rio will be here, and she can take the samples along when travelling back.

    And please keep your eyes open for the Usselo/Clovis Layer in Brazil.
    In S.Amer. it is known from Venezuela and Colombia, and (I suspect) from Chile.


    Han Kloosterman

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