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LSU geologist wins academic freedom case

LSU geologist wins academic freedom case | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

The ivory tower eats its own sometimes:

 

"Officials say LSU and a state agency paid former coastal researcher Ivor van Heerden $435,000 to settle court claims that his LSU career was destroyed because he alleged engineering mistakes allowed New Orleans to flood during Hurricane Katrina.

 

  ... "It was a good win," van Heerden said. "I think we achieved what we wanted: LSU knows it cannot deny academic freedom and get away with it."

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Raison d'etre

Raison d'etre | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

In geological terms, a contact is the place where two different types of rocks come together. This ezine is a place to find content from my favorite web sources on the the creation-evolution issue, with a focus on the subject of geology.  Just as the layers of a rock can be composed of many different materials, so my sources often differ in their assumptions and in their views on the issue, but their common intersection is the belief that this is an important subject.

 

(Image source:  Glyn Baker, http://www.geograph.org.uk/reuse.php?id=167895)

YEC Geo's insight:

While my interests are wide-ranging, as even a cursory glance at this site will show,  a subject of great personal interest to me is the preservation of biological material in fossils presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old.  In my view, the increasing pace of discovery of such material is one of the strongest evidences in support of a young age for the earth.

 

Below is a continuously updated archive of articles I've found on the subject:

 

Jurassic squid ink: http://sco.lt/7nbAVV

550 million year old tube worms: http://sco.lt/8xwAJl, http://sco.lt/4xoX6v

23 million year old lizard:  http://sco.lt/5qDwpt

46 million year old mosquito: http://sco.lt/8AQAuf

46 million year old beetle scales: http://sco.lt/68OHA1

70 million year old hadrosaur skin: http://sco.lt/8SaVEn, http://sco.lt/9L5UDB

160 year old mollusk melanin:  http://sco.lt/6QYbU9

Brian Thomas’ overviews:  http://sco.lt/92v9t3, http://sco.lt/5H0JSj

Archaeopteryx feather:  http://sco.lt/70tG8P

190-197 million year old sauropod egg proteins: http://sco.lt/7J3aSX

250 million year old coloration on trilobites: http://sco.lt/4xixrV

Cretaceous triceratops horn: http://sco.lt/6a9nlZ, http://sco.lt/5FtIBd

Bachelor’s thesis on fossil pigments: http://sco.lt/5mbfv7

350 million year old crinoids & 417 million year old eurypterid chitin: http://sco.lt/5Y3cVl

C-14 in dinosaur bones, a presentation at an AGU-AOGS conference that was later stricken from the conference records:  http://sco.lt/5OIu25

Soft tissue overview from Answers in Genesis: http://sco.lt/666kpl

Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s dinosaur tissue research: http://sco.lt/5VIvnl

Preserved coloration in 70 million year old mammal teeth: http://sco.lt/5H0JSj

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Living Near Dams

Living Near Dams | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Our nation’s dams provide drinking water, power, flood control, recreation and many other benefits. But dams can also pose significant risks to people living downstream should they fail.

 

There are dams in every U.S state. It is important that you know if you and your loved ones and property may be affected by the presence of a dam and what to do if you are."

YEC Geo's insight:

There are over 85,000 dams in the United States, and most of them are over 50 years old.  According to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, in Montana alone there are 2,899 state-regulated dams, of which 105 are classified as high-hazard potential dams. The high-hazard potential classification indicates that a dam may cause loss of life if it were to fail.

 

Also according to the ASDSO, 97 of those 105 dams have an Emergency Action Plan.  That means that eight of those dams don't have one.

 

If you or anyone you know lives downstream of a dam, the e-booklet that can be accessed by clicking on the image above was created to answer questions about how to react if you are affected by a dam.  It has some very interesting information, including which states have the highest concentration of dams, who owns and operates them, and the risks that poorly maintained dams impose upon those living downstream of them.

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Is This "Lost World" Finally Opening For Exploration?

Is This "Lost World" Finally Opening For Exploration? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"There's a saying in exploration that there are only two ways to make a discovery: Either use advanced technology and techniques in a mature area, or apply basic methods in a new terrain.

 

One of the most interesting "new places" around the world is Madagascar, a nation that enjoyed a rich mining history in colonial times but has seen little in the way of systematic modern exploration since."

 

YEC Geo's insight:

Madagascar starting to re-open up to mineral development.  Good or bad news?  Probably both, as is usually the case.

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How a Sudden Flood of Oil Money Has Transformed North Dakota

How a Sudden Flood of Oil Money Has Transformed North Dakota | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Since retiring five years ago, Fuglie, the former tourism director, has maintained a political blog, and he characterizes state leaders as so giddy with new riches that they've ignored the boom's destructive effects.

 

"We've been so poor for so long, then all of a sudden, we won the goddamn lottery," he said. "You know what happens to lottery winners who aren't prepared to spend a lot of money. You read about them three years later. They're in court, or they're in bankruptcy, or they’re divorced, or their kids committed murder or took drugs. That's the way we are."

 

YEC Geo's insight:

This report is part of a joint project by the "Center for Public Integrity" and "InsideClimate News," so there's no mistaking its bias, but it has some well-made points.

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Flattened mountains, poisoned rivers

Flattened mountains, poisoned rivers | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
China's rapid industrialisation has not been accompanied by a respect for the natural environment - but, as pollution problems become so severe that they can no longer be ignored, engineers are beginning to dream up ambitious solutions to problems created by ambitious modernity.
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"Performing major surgery on the Earth's crust" is how some Chinese environmentalists describe it.

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Silt story, geo-art

Silt story, geo-art | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The deluge is terrible and beautiful. A chaotic mess of boulders, mud, sticks and logs in some places recognizable, in others a dissolution into a tangle of gestural marks. The image is a memory of a flood, an imprint of the experience of watching and hearing great rivers of water pouring off the mountains.

 

In both monumental scale and exacting detail, Michael Brooks Arnsteen has created artwork inspired by last year's torrential floods with Alluvium, now on display at Colorado College's new student space and senior exhibition gallery, 802."

YEC Geo's insight:

I love when people explore the intersection of art and geology.

 

Here's a similar article on ten artists' impressions of Pike's Peak in various media: http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/ten-artists-explore-pikes-peaks-presence-in-daily-life/Content?oid=2904175

 

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A River Flowing On The Ocean Floor Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen

A River Flowing On The Ocean Floor Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Did you know there’s a river on the ocean floor? Neither did I.

Here’s how it’s possible:  a halocline is formed when waters with different levels of salinity stratify into layers due to differences between density. This allows the heavier, saltier water to collect and flow in the middle of a less salty body of water."

YEC Geo's insight:

Salt is an amazing thing.  Solid salt layers flow like a fluid while retaining the properties of a solid, resulting in the many buried salt domes and folds that have become major hydrocarbon traps for the world's oilfields.  There's even a whole field of structural geology devoted just to the structure of salt.

 

Now we find that salt can cause rivers to be formed underwater.

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Finding Dinosaurs in Google Earth

Finding Dinosaurs in Google Earth | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"McLain said that other paleontologists have approached him to discuss starting databases for other ancient beasts, like the marine plesiosaur. He would like to create a database of dinosaur footprints and trackways, as a way to get a broader geographical view of dino travel."

YEC Geo's insight:

Yes!  A database of dino footprints would be fantastic.

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Flood / Ice Age Research

Flood / Ice Age Research | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"...So, my interest in the creation/evolution issue grew from a curiosity to eventually a passion. I, however, have not been led to bash evolution, which is easy to do, instead I feel called to solve earth science problems that are presented to creationists by evolutionists. "

YEC Geo's insight:

Probably the most empirically-based defense available for the reality of a catastrophic global marine transgression--in other words, a worldwide flood.  Mike Oard has been studying this subject for over 40 years, and the amount of data that he has arrayed in support of the Flood model is impressive.

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Geological Legacies of the Paris Basin: Part II – Subterranean Limestone Quarries and Catacombs of Paris

Geological Legacies of the Paris Basin: Part II – Subterranean Limestone Quarries and Catacombs of Paris | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Paris is a city of layers – both above ground and below. Its underground has many new additions, while others are vestiges of the past, often lost and forgotten. Some are accessible to the public, and others have been sealed for an eternity. "

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Another lovely geo-travelogue from the blogger at Written in Stone.

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The authors of the claimed biggest astrophysics discovery of the century admit they may have been wrong

The authors of the claimed biggest astrophysics discovery of the century admit they may have been wrong | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Why have astrophysicists changed their minds over latest big-bang announcement?
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Creeping Up on Unsuspecting Shores: The Great Lakes, in a Welcome Turnaround

Creeping Up on Unsuspecting Shores: The Great Lakes, in a Welcome Turnaround | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Scientists attribute the resurgence of water levels to an unusually cold winter that limited evaporation as well as heavy precipitation in the winter and spring.
YEC Geo's insight:

At least there's some compensation for a hellacious winter.

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Post-Flood recovery

Post-Flood recovery | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
How did the earth recover from salt on the continents and volcanic ash in the atmosphere?
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Mike Oard and Tas Walker respond to two interesting questions about a post-Flood world.

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Happy Birthday, Colorado River - long may you live!

Happy Birthday, Colorado River - long may you live! | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"When Congress 93 years ago formally renamed the Grand River as the Colorado, it probably didn’t have any inkling about what the mightiest river in the West would be subjected to early in the 21st century."

YEC Geo's insight:

I didn't know the Colorado used to be named the Grand River.  Wonder why it was renamed.

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Soft tissue cutting too close to the bone

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"In July of last year, [Mark Armitage] published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Acta Histochemica. In that paper, he reported finding soft tissue in a Triceratops fossil that is supposedly 65 million years old. Remarkably, the soft tissue was composed of tiny, fragile cellular structures which showed no evidence of being mineralized. In addition, there was no doubt that this tissue came from the Triceratops, as it has exactly the microscopic structure one would expect for bone tissue.

 

That was too much for the High Priests of Science. The Inquisition struck, and Armitage was fired from his position at California State University."

YEC Geo's insight:

What happens when you use hard science in a way that severely challenges a dearly-held dogma.  Yes, maybe Mark Armitage was fired for some other reason.  But the timing is suspect, and Armitage is an expert in his field, so it's hard to imagine that there was a problem with his job performance.

 

Here's a link to the abstract of Armitage's article on the soft tissue preservation: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065128113000020

 

and here is Jay Wile's discussion of it: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10065

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USGS Wants You to Know: What’s the Deal with 3DEP?

USGS Wants You to Know: What’s the Deal with 3DEP? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The USGS, along with other federal, state, local and private agencies is establishing a new 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States. This coordinated partnership can help meet the country’s needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data."

YEC Geo's insight:

Let's hope the data will continue to be free to the public.  Here's a link to the USGS page on 3DEP: http://nationalmap.gov/3DEP/

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The Messinian salinity crisis questioned

The Messinian salinity crisis questioned | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
All the supposed 'proofs' for the Messinian salinity crisis are considered equivocal or incorrect by some secular researchers.
YEC Geo's insight:

More on the theme of salt.  According to one of the commenters, even secular geologists appear to be looking beyond the traditional evaporitic model for the origin of thick-bedded salt deposits.

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What about oxidizable carbon ratio dating?

What about oxidizable carbon ratio dating? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Oxidizable carbon ratio dating is not an objective independent dating method and does not provide evidence for long ages.
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Upshot is that OCR dates need to be calibrated against C-14 dating, so their accuracy is only as good as the underlying C-14 time scale.

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Giant hole appears in Siberia: Crater emerges at 'end of the world'

Giant hole appears in Siberia: Crater emerges at 'end of the world' | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
It is certainly big. But nobody is quite sure - yet - what it is. An enormous hole has appeared in the ground in Siberia - leaving scientists searching for possible causes.
YEC Geo's insight:

I suspect, that like the Tunguska crater (http://tinyurl.com/d8rku7m), this crater may be enigmatic for quite some time to come. 

 

I wonder if methane gas hydrates, similar to those formed on the ocean floor under high pressure-low temperature conditions, could be involved (http://tinyurl.com/po8jd4d).  Especially since both these craters appeared in Siberia.

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Alaskan dinosaur footprint discovery

Alaskan dinosaur footprint discovery | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"According to Anthony R. Fiorillo, one of the authors of the study, “Without question, Denali is one of the best dinosaur footprint localities in the world, but what we found that last day was incredible – so many tracks, so big, and so well preserved.” Fiorillo added “There were lots of invertebrate traces – the tracks of bugs, worms, larvae and more – which were important to us because they showed an ecosystem existed during the warm parts of the years.”

YEC Geo's insight:

Notice the disconnect between the illustration for the article above and what is actually being stated in the article.  The picture shows some dinosaurs quietly feeding on the edge of a woodland lake.  But the scientists found, not only preserved footprints, but also insect trails.  What woodland lake is there nowadays where such delicate impressions last long enough to be covered by sediment without being destroyed?

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Geophysicists Concerned as Oklahoma's Earthquake Total Surpasses California's

Geophysicists Concerned as Oklahoma's Earthquake Total Surpasses California's | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Frequent, rumbling tremors beneath the earth may be a common occurrence in California, but Oklahoma has now surpassed the state in the number of earthquakes felt this year—a trend that is surprising geophysicists and raising concern.
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Slaying yesterday's dragons

Slaying yesterday's dragons | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"How do you talk to a science buff who has left empirical science and whose mind is full of philosophical speculation? ... It is as if they are suddenly admitting to a ‘Darwin of the Gaps’ model of evolution while we creationists stick to empirical science, and I find this ironic, even oddly humorous."

YEC Geo's insight:

Thought-provoking article by biologist Rob Carter, on the growing rejection of the neo-Darwinian synthesis by a younger generation of scientists, and its re-formulation into a more nebulous, philosophical concept.

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Fossil jellyfish from the Pilbara, Western Australia

Fossil jellyfish from the Pilbara, Western Australia | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
'Medusoid impressions' of the Dales Gorge Member exposed at Wittenoom in the Pilbara are indeed fossil jellyfish.
YEC Geo's insight:

The significance of the find:

 

" Obviously, if these ‘medusoid impressions’ are indeed genuine fossil jellyfish, it would mean that fully functioning jellyfish and their planktonic foods existed nearly 2 Ga before the previously oldest arbitrarily evolutionary dated jellyfish fossils."

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Inflation Concocted to Avoid a Young, Perfect Universe

Inflation Concocted to Avoid a Young, Perfect Universe | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Alan Guth concocted inflation theory in 1980 to avoid evidence for a 10,000-year-old universe. For his wild, evidence-free speculation, he may win a Nobel Prize. ... This article reveals that the evidence supported creation when Guth made up his story, and it still does."

YEC Geo's insight:

Thought-provoking.  I never knew that the inventor of inflation theory was trying to work around implications that the universe appeared to be only about 10,000 years old, but that's what the interview referenced here certainly implies.

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The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Outside Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel tourists gasp in amazement as fountains shoot 500ft into the air, performing a spectacular dance in time to the music of Frank Sinatra.

 

Gondolas ferry honeymooners around canals modelled on those of Venice, Roman-themed swimming pools stretch for acres, and thousands of sprinklers keep golf courses lush in the middle of the desert.

 

But, as with many things in Sin City, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion. America’s most decadent destination has been engaged in a potentially catastrophic gamble with nature and now, 14 years into a devastating drought, it is on the verge of losing it all."

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Diamond with Ringwoodite Reveals Water Deep in Earth’s Mantle

Diamond with Ringwoodite Reveals Water Deep in Earth’s Mantle | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Discovery inside a diamond in the rough shows Jules Verne wasn’t that far off when he wrote about a hidden ocean in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
YEC Geo's insight:

More speculation upon the recent discovery of naturally formed ringwoodite, and its implications for the Flood model.  Includes information I hadn't seen before, for example, that other natural forms of ringwoodite may have been missed before because research teams usually polish their diamond discards during analysis, which would transform any existing ringwoodite into another form.  Ah, serendipity, the mother of scientific discovery!

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