Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Arabian Horizon – Lost Lands Travel Guide

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Writing a Travel Guide is a daunting challenge for any seasoned traveller unless they possess a good eye for detail and an engaging writing style. Conversely, writing a Travel Guide is a severe challenge for a professional word smith who … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon – Lost Lands: Havilah

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The Gradualist Skool of Historians occasionally shoves a place [or two] down the back of the sofa so that they can publicly search for a less embarrassing alternative. For example: Gradualist Historians have problems finding acceptable locations for the Biblical … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon – The Lost Lands: Dilmun

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The Gradualist Skool of Historians encounter a few narrative problems whenever they fail to recognise natural catastrophes. For example: Gradualist Historians have a problem locating the ancient country of Dilmun. Dilmun or Telmun was an ancient Semitic speaking country mentioned … Continue reading

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Louis Hissink: An Origin for Quartz Sand

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One of the more puzzling geological problems is explaining the origin of quartz sand and its solidified product, sandstone. Mainstream understanding of the problem is hampered by the belief that most sedimentary deposition occurs in aqueous environments: creeks, rivers, lakes, … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon – The Lost Lands: Punt

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When the Gradualist Skool of Historians defers to the Gradualist Skool of Geologists then the historical narrative becomes anachronistic and anomalous. For example: Gradualist Historians can’t agree upon the exact location of the Land of Punt. The Land of Punt, … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon – The Liwa Impact

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One of the more striking artefacts in the Gazetteer from Ptolemy’s Geographia is the curious semicircle of locations in the centre of the Arabian Peninsula. In effect, Ptolemy developed the first Geographical Information System. Much more significantly, it makes GIS … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon – The Ptolemy Inheritance

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Ptolemy’s Geographia is the most extraordinary hidden in plain sight classical source document that meticulously details the geography of the Earth as it evolves through the Arabian Horizon and the Heinsohn Horizon. The Geography, also known by its Latin names … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon: The Dry Deluge

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The origin of Saharan Sand is one of life’s great mysteries. Sand is the result of finely weathered and eroded rock. It takes tens of thousands, if not millions, of years for exposed rock to weather into sand. The longer … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon: The Wet Deluge

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Tucked away in the annuals of history there is one story of cataclysmic rainfall that defies the general rule that reports of “a torrential downpour that lasts 40 days” are thin on the ground. Ancient narrators were not reticent to … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon: The Big Chill

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Leona Libby’s Isotopic Tree Thermometers was published 40 years ago. Her paper was extraordinary in many ways. Firstly, Leona Libby applied an objective scientific methodology to dendrochronology. Long term isotope changes in precipitation, caused by changes in climatic temperatures, are … Continue reading

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A Canterbury Tale by Saucy Chaucer

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On the last day of September, Henry Z. and I went to a lecture at the Bronx Botanical Garden in New York City. The impressive Mertz library, which stands in one corner of this large, beautiful and scientifically important park, … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon: The Heinsohn Sandwich

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In the Old Japanese Cedar Tree chronology the year 550 CE marks the beginning of a catastrophic drop in the D/H ratio. Arguably, this 1st millennium outlier event was caused by inbound debris from space. The Justinian Comet of 535 … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon: The Year of the Elephant

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As the Spanish summer ramps down into autumn its time to ramp up the researching and writing. The outline plan [for next few weeks, or so] is to perform a basic reality check on some of the major historical narratives … Continue reading

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