Alaskan Muck: The Missing Trees

When academics have a really big problem they break it down into smaller parts because smaller fragments are easier to sweep under the carpet and push down the back of the sofa.

The Big Carpet
Explaining away the sand and gravel carpeting the Earth is a big challenge.

The mainstream responded to this granular material challenge by breaking the difficulty down into it’s component parts:

aeolian deposits. alluvium, black earth, boulders, chernozem, clay, cobbles, colluvium, cover, dark earth, debris, diluvium, eluvium, flour, gravel, granule, illuvium, loam, loess, moraine, muck, mud, pebble, sand, scree, silt, sediment, sol, soil, subsoil, till, topsoil…

But the resultant parts were still too large to sweep under the carpet.

For example:

Roughly 6% of the Earth’s land surface is covered by desert sand.

Deserts take up about one third of the Earth’s land surface.

Across the world, around 20% of desert is sand, varying from only 2% in North America to 30% in Australia and over 45% in Central Asia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert

Roughly 10% of the Earth’s land surface is covered by loess [or similar] deposits.

Loess is a clastic, predominantly silt-sized sediment that is formed by the accumulation of wind-blown dust.

Ten percent of the Earth’s land area is covered by loess or similar deposits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loess

The Big Problem
The mainstream also has a big problem trying to explain away all the conflicting chronologies and storylines associated with the Earth’s granular material carpet.

Their response was to shatter the component parts into smaller bits.

Much of Argentina is covered by loess. … From Southern Tajikistan up to Almaty, Kazakhstan, spans an area of multiple loess deposits. … The Loess Plateau, also known as the Huangtu Plateau, is a plateau that covers an area of some 640,000 km² in the upper and middle of China’s Yellow River and China proper. … Extensive areas of loess occur in New Zealand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loess

For example:

German Loess
The mainstream has established a generalised recipe for the loess deposits in Germany that’s based upon mixing together dust, wind and time in a sink during the cold stages of the Quaternary.

Four factors are required for the formation of aeolian sediment bodies:

(1) a dust source, from which the sediment is deflated,
(2) sufficient wind energy,
(3) a sink, where the topographic and environmental conditions favour the sediment deposition and
(4) a sufficiently long period of time

Since loess in Europe was mainly accumulated during the cold stages of the Quaternary

Loess and other Quaternary Sediments in Germany
Frank Lehmkuhl, Stephan Pötter, Annika Pauligk & Janina Bösken
Journal of Maps – Volume 14 – Issue 2 – 2018

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17445647.2018.1473817

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternary

This recipe sets the tone for much of what follows because the loess source is outa sight and the answers, my friend, are always blowin’ in the wind.

This recipe ensures German loess is “mainly” more than 11,700 years old.

The Pleistocene (often colloquially referred to as the Ice Age) is the geological epoch which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago, spanning the world’s most recent period of repeated glaciations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleistocene

In the late Pleistocene, just before the end of the last ice age and during the short summers, sand-drifts were blown from the Rhine Valley into the area of the present dunes, forming this unique geology. The soil consists almost solely of high lime component with fine white sand, which barely retains water and nutritive but is easily warmed by sunlight.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mainz_Sand_Dunes

Anything that doesn’t quite fit the narrative is rolled up and smoked out.

1) They’ve been dazed and confused by black earth for over 200 years.

A börde is a region of highly fertile lowland in North Germany… These regions coincide closely with areas of flat, fertile loess soil and few trees… The resulting black earth soils are some of the best soils in Germany.

Börden extend from the North German geest to the perimeter of the German Central Uplands and consist of loess that has been predominantly deposited by east winds. In some places the loess lies over boulder clay (on the rivers Weser, Leine and Oker), in others over Mesozoic and Tertiary sedimentary rocks (in the Hellwegbörden and the foreland of the Harz Mountains). The loess layers are up to 10 metres thick and tend to attenuate differences in relief.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%B6rde

The Hildesheim Börde is a natural region, 272 km2 in area, in the northern part of Hildesheim district, which is known for its especially rich black earth loess soil.

The Hildesheim Börde region is almost entirely covered by a layer of ice age loess to a depth of up to 2 m.

Its soils are the most fertile in Germany and it has been cultivated for 4,000 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildesheim_B%C3%B6rde

https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=35690

Chernozem is a black-colored soil containing a high percentage of humus (4% to 16%) and high percentages of phosphoric acids, phosphorus and ammonia.

Theories of Chernozem origin:

1761 — Plant decomposition
1763 — Plant and animal decomposition
1799 — Reeds marsh
1835 — Loess
1840 — Weathered from Jurassic marine shales
1850 — Peat
1851 — Swamps
1852 — Peat
1853 — Silt from northern swamps
1862 — Bog on place of forests
1866 — Decomposed steppe grasses
1929 — Man-made
1999 — Neolithic biomass burning

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernozem

2) They’ve zoned out over the “sand and dust” being “thrown out of the earth”.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17445647.2018.1473817

In the south German language a gäu landscape (gäulandschaft) refers to an area of open, level countryside.
These regions typically have fertile soils resulting from depositions of loess (an exception is the Arme Gäue [“Poor Gäus”] of the Baden-Württemberg Gäu).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4u

The Gäuboden is one of the largest loess regions in southern Germany.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4uboden

Thirdly, sand and dust are often thrown out of the earth in large quantities during the earthquake, so that an entire village can be buried.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Conrad of Megenberg (1309–1374) was a German Catholic scholar, and a writer… He relocated, in 1342, to Regensburg.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_of_Megenberg

And, most telling of all:

3) They’ve tripped out explaining away the missing tress.

Lüneburg Heath is a large area of heath, geest, and woodland in the northeastern part of the state of Lower Saxony in northern Germany.

The heaths were formed after the Neolithic period by overgrazing of the once widespread forests on the poor sandy soils of the geest, as this slightly hilly and sandy terrain in northern Europe is called.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BCneburg_Heath

The intensive use of the Gäu regions for crops has displaced the originally wooded countryside (→climax vegetation – in contrast with the steppe heath theory and disputed megaherbivore hypothesis).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4u

In Northern Europe, the Neolithic lasted until about 1700 BC

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neolithic

Found Under The Carpet
Their explanations somehow missed the trees found in German lignite mines.

Lignite, often referred to as brown coal, is a soft, brown, combustible, sedimentary rock formed from naturally compressed peat. … Lignite begins as an accumulation of partially decayed plant material, or peat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignite

In 2014, about 12 percent of Germany’s energy and, specifically, 27 percent of Germany’s electricity came from lignite power plants, while in 2014 in Greece, lignite provided about 50 percent of its power needs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignite

Lignite is low rank, or relatively unaltered (soft, or “brown”) coal, and is characterized by a brownish color and appearance that often resembles wood.

This lignite releases copious amounts of dissolved organic substances into groundwater.

USGS – Pliocene Lignite Coal from BEN Village
https://www.usgs.gov/media/images/pliocene-lignite-coal-ben-village

They even missed a Roman era aqueduct found in a lignite mine near Cologne.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17445647.2018.1473817

During 1994 lignite mining near the Elsbachtal west of Cologne uncovered a buried Roman era aqueduct dated 214 AD under 6-7 metres of sands and gravels.

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/guest-post-by-louis-hissink-2/

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/friends-romans-countrymen/

These tragic examples of Academic Myopia found in the European Earth Sciences raises the possibility this sad sickness has spread to the States.

Reefer Madness is a 1936 American propaganda film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reefer_Madness

Perhaps it’s time to have a sniff at North American granular material

Coming in from London, from over the pole,
Flyin’ in a big airliner.
Chickens flyin’ everywhere around the plane.
Could we ever feel much finer?

Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie – 1969

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6 Responses to Alaskan Muck: The Missing Trees

  1. Brilliant! I also observed a truncated tree trunk in the Morwell opencut lignite mine in eastern Victoira, Australia, much smaller than the one shown in this post, but just as geologically problematic. The observation occurred as a member of the Macquarie University Geological Society, Christmas 1975, expedition. If memory serves, stunned incomprehension was the result. Observing these things is verboten these days, as the HR-Safety gestapo have complete control of mine-workings access these days.

  2. Clark E Whelton says:

    Well done, but… did someone muck around with those missing Alaskan trees?

  3. malagabay says:

    One step at a time…
    But it’s safe to say something stinks in the State of Alaska.

  4. johnm33 says:

    There was a piece of gold jewellry found in a piece of coal from a lignite mine in the states, it size was more or less normal so I assume it’s a human artifact. The only way that makes sense to me is if forests were laid low and spontaneously combusted, creating a shortage of oxygen so more or less like the inside of a charcoal burner, then the forest was covered with sediment and the combustion quenched. The remnant stumps were dead and relatively dry so were not rent apart by internal steam/resin explosions.
    Looking at the route of the Danube, it suggests to me that it’s course is the result of a massive overburden of permafrost melting from the south, that is a soft layer of hills with southern faces melting and forming a river to their south, with lakes unable to break through to the north due to freezing they filled and cut passages east. The overburden of permafrost deposited as one at the same time the mammoths were frozen as they swam south with the flood. So a rippled surface like the surface of the sea in a tempest, the hollows filled by snow/rain, these ‘freshwater’ deposits bearing the evidence of the cause of the catastrophe.
    Beneath the East Siberian Sea the shelf has sedimentary deposits up to 22km thick with a thinning layer of permafrost above it, I think these deposits are the product of the Pacific ocean being forced north carrying all sort of detritus from it’s northward movement and scouring Beringia as a consequence. The loess in China being the product of the waters returning south, where they may have met the flood coming south across the Siberian plain bringing arctic Belugas and seals to the Caspian and Black seas, and arctic seals to lake Baikal leaving those huge standing waves of sediment sw of Novosibersk.

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