Monthly Archives: August 2017

Loch Ness Chronology: Cherry Island

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Delving into the Settled Science of Loch Ness is a strangely surreal and murky experience. The history of scientific investigation really starts at the beginning of the 20th century. The status of Loch Ness as Britain’s greatest body of fresh-water … Continue reading

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1472: A Very Particular and Curious Comet

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The Comet of 1472 is a much maligned milestone in the annals of observational science simply because the master of St. Peter’s College [Cambridge] chronicled the comet’s precession as it decayed, diminished and [finally] disappeared whilst orbiting the Earth. On … Continue reading

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Elk Lake Varves

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A perennial problem confronting Chronology Compilers in the Earth Sciences are the years with double or triple [or more] layers caused by unseasonal periods of weather such as Indian Summers and Blackberry Winters. Undetected multiple layers turn a Gold Mine … Continue reading

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Thorium 230: Chinese Corals

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A primary objective of the Earth Sciences is the transformation of high-precision technical measurements into high quality scientific information. Sadly, performing basic reality checks on the raw data isn’t a priority objective. Nevertheless, these basic reality checks can be performed … Continue reading

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The Miocene Mysteries

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If you prefer your history and geology neatly packaged as pre-digested nuggets of politically correct information that are easily swallowed [like supermarket ready meals] then it’s probably best that you stop reading now and return to your preferred internet safe … Continue reading

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Lost in Academia: Periplus of the Erythraean Sea

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A perennial problem for academics is the inevitable loss of information and subtlety that occurs when a source document is translated from [say] ancient Greek into modern English. Sadly, unscrupulous academics have weaponised this Lost in Translation artefact to deliberately … Continue reading

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Crashing Carthage

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This story starts out very slowly and then snowballs into something much, much bigger. The best place to start is the Guadalquivir river. The Guadalquivir river is named after the “great valley” it flows through. This seems back-to front. I’m … Continue reading

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Mosaico de los Amores

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The Mosaico de los Amores positively confirms A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever. However, historians aren’t always overjoyed when A Thing of Beauty is unearthed. Once upon a time Cástulo was a prospering city associated with lead and … Continue reading

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Carbon 14: Norwegian Blues

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A depressing aspect of some published papers is that they assiduously avoid analysing the raw data. Instead they plunge headlong into transmogrifying their raw data into Settled Science. This is regrettable because a simple reality check can provide some valuable … Continue reading

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1969: Days of Peace & Music and War & Death

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The tumultuous history of the 1960s is set against a backdrop of the escalating Vietnam War and Cold War tensions. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America … Continue reading

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John Bull’s Balls [and Chains]

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In 1965 a callow youth left a grey Britain on a 24hrs-with-stops adventure “across the British Empire” aboard a Bristol Britannia turboprop airliner that cruised at a stately 357 miles per hour. In those days propeller powered airliners provided [relatively] … Continue reading

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