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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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Jupiter May Not Shield Earth from Comets

Jupiter May Not Shield Earth from Comets | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"While his experiences with films and television shows were fascinating, and while he did confirm my thoughts regarding “scilebrities” Bill Nye and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, it was something he said about his scientific research that inspired this post.

During the first lecture, in sort of an offhanded way, he said:

Have you heard that Jupiter protects the earth from comets? It’s rubbish.

He then went on to cite a recently-published paper of his that supports his claim that the whole idea is wrong. Because I was skeptical of the idea to begin with, I came home and read his paper, and I have to say, I find it very convincing."

YEC Geo's insight:

Jay Wile attends a lecture given by a scientist who consults on many film projects, and hears something that grabs his attention.

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Rapid Petrification of Wood: An Unexpected Confirmation of Creationist Research

Rapid Petrification of Wood: An Unexpected Confirmation of Creationist Research | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
It is extremely unusual for creationist research to be favorably reported and referenced in a technical scientific paper by academic geologists published in a major, secular, geological journal. However, not only has this just happened, but the same paper reported experimental research that confirms the conclusions of the creationist research published in a young-earth creationist journal!
YEC Geo's insight:

A 2004 article by YEC geologist Andrew Snelling, detailing a citation of one of his creationist articles dealing with wood petrification. 

 

More confirmation of how rapidly petrification can occur is found in these even more recent articles:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016703712000415


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016703714006267


https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emma_Locatelli/publication/268513687_The_exceptional_preservation_of_plant_fossils_a_review_of_taphonomic_processes_and_biases_in_the_fossil_record/links/546e1a9c0cf2b5fc17603fcd.pdf

 

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Quake early warning system for California is delayed by fight over who will pay

Quake early warning system for California is delayed by fight over who will pay | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"We have a feasible plan on the table. But if people don't want to fund that, then we just have to go back and see what could be done for less," said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. "Is it really worth cutting the corners like that?"

YEC Geo's insight:

A good question indeed.

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Rapid Erosion Supports Creation Model

Rapid Erosion Supports Creation Model | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Uniformitarian geologists estimate 0.39 inches of cliff erosion per year. But we're seeing a lot—far too much—catastrophic erosion of these cliffs over a short time."

YEC Geo's insight:

It'd be interesting to do some quantitative analysis of erosion using different time scales.

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Volcanic Activity at Popocatépetl

Volcanic Activity at Popocatépetl | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
According to news reports, the volcano temporarily closed an airport in Puebla as workers cleared ash from the runway.
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Review of Shadow of Oz

Review of Shadow of Oz | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Dr. Wayne D. Rossiter earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University in February of 2012 and is currently an assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University. His book, Shadow of Oz, has already caused me to write two blog posts (here and here). In one of those posts, a commenter called Rossiter’s book a “must read,” and I have to agree
YEC Geo's insight:

Having read the book, I agree with Jay Wile's assessment.  If you only read one book on the origins debate this year, I highly recommend this one. 

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Buoyant River Homes

Buoyant River Homes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The River Thames is known for changing banks often, creating an unpredictable contrasting level in water heights.
YEC Geo's insight:

Clever architecture in the UK:  riverside homes that rise with the tide, so to speak.  Don't think it would have helped Noah, but modern homeowners can benefit.

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Natural oil seeps encourage microbial life in Gulf of Mexico

Natural oil seeps encourage microbial life in Gulf of Mexico | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Scientists from Columbia University's Earth Institute have discovered a new biological phenomenon in the Gulf of Mexico. Phytoplankton communities are thriving above natural oil seeps.
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Australia's Wedding Cake Rock may collapse into the sea

Australia's Wedding Cake Rock may collapse into the sea | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"It looks as if someone has made a cut in a wedding cake, but no one is celebrating."

YEC Geo's insight:

What a cool formation--even cooler in the close-up views.

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Why Is a New Theory of Coal Formation Needed?

Why Is a New Theory of Coal Formation Needed? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Time to rewrite the textbooks, in other words. The “delayed fungal evolution” theory was gospel truth in museums and classrooms. It purported to explain why that particular period of time, the Carboniferous-Permian, was so dominated by coal. Now, these geologists are saying it isn’t true.
YEC Geo's insight:

The origin of coal is a fascinatingly problematic subject for geologists.  See here for a link to a series of three articles probing the difficulties: http://sco.lt/5mDPM1

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Bolivia’s Lake Poopó Disappears

Bolivia’s Lake Poopó Disappears | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Lake Poopó—once Bolivia’s second-largest lake and an important fishing resource for local communities—has essentially dried up
YEC Geo's insight:

Apparently, it's not the first time this has happened, so it's not a total death sentence.

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Are these the first ever images of a volcanic eruption?

Are these the first ever images of a volcanic eruption? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The claims are based on a new geological survey that dates an eruption in the nearby Bas-Vivarais region to around the same time as the paintings were done - between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago
YEC Geo's insight:

Spectacular photos.  That artist was a genius.

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Flying close to Beijing's new South China Sea islands

Flying close to Beijing's new South China Sea islands | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Last year the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes travelled across the South China Sea in a fishing boat and became the first journalist to observe close-up how China is constructing new islands on coral reefs. A few days ago he returned to the area in a small aircraft - provoking a furious and threatening response from the Chinese Navy.
YEC Geo's insight:

Close-up view of anthroprocentric island formation.

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The True Tale of Misty, Stormy, and maybe the worst nor'easter of them all

The True Tale of Misty, Stormy, and maybe the worst nor'easter of them all | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The deluge lasted three long days and stretched across five high tides right at the time of the full moon. More than 90 percent of Chincoteague Island flooded. The water ran six feet deep at times on Main Street in downtown Chincoteague. The island’s chicken industry was destroyed–an estimated 350,000 birds died in the storm. Chincoteague’s famous ponies suffered horribly as well. By the time the rain stopped, more than 100 of them had died.

The culprit was the Ash Wednesday storm of March 6 to 8, 1962.
YEC Geo's insight:

"Misty of Chincoteague" was one of my favorite books, growing up.  Here's the amazing story behind "Stormy of Chincoteague," the sequel to Marguerite Henry's beloved tale.

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Massive LA-Area Gas Leak Still Not Capped

Massive LA-Area Gas Leak Still Not Capped | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The well blowout at the largest natural gas storage facility in the West has uprooted thousands of residents and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane in what environmentalists have said is the worst crisis since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
YEC Geo's insight:

Apparently this thing has been leaking for 15 weeks--this is the first I've heard anything about it.

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Tham Khoun Xe – Kayaking in a gigantic underground river

Tham Khoun Xe – Kayaking in a gigantic underground river | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Tham Khoun Xe is a huge cave where meanders the underground river Xe Bang Fai. Located in Laos, this amazing geological formation is one of the largest active underground rivers in the world, with a 7 km long route
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Chinese government makes it snow in Beijing in order to fight drought

Chinese government makes it snow in Beijing in order to fight drought | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Chinese government covered Beijing in snow on Sunday after meteorologists seeded clouds to bring winter weather to the capital in an effort to combat a lingering drought.
YEC Geo's insight:

This would make me very nervous--weather under government control?

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The Progressive War on Science

The Progressive War on Science | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"About ten years ago Chris Mooney wrote 'The Republican War on Science' where he argued that Republican administrations tend to underfund and disrespect scientific endeavors. I do not dispute the fact that Republican and conservatives have inhibited scientific projects. Indeed I remember early in my career learning that a data set I wanted to use would not be collected because Republican politicians pulled the plug on the funding.

 

But such a book tends to rely on the simplistic notion that only conservatives misuse science to any meaningful extent. My experience in academia has shown me that progressives are also quite adept at misusing science. But since political and cultural progressives are overrepresented in the sciences, they are much more likely to do their damage from inside academia."

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Florida by Land: Explore Geological Wonders

Florida by Land: Explore Geological Wonders | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Visit caverns, sinkholes, and other often rare and unexpected wild spaces in Florida.
YEC Geo's insight:

What's not to like, especially this time of year/

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America's Next Oil Boom Will Be Even Bigger

America's Next Oil Boom Will Be Even Bigger | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Oil prices are set to rise again due to growing foreign demand, which could set the stage for another American oil boom built on the infrastructure of the first fracking boom, according to an economist who works on energy issues.
YEC Geo's insight:

And see here for an article on how the birthplace of fracking has twice as much gas as originally projected: https://stream.org/birthplace-fracking-twice-much-gas-expected/

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Mysterious sites blurred by Google

Mysterious sites blurred by Google | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"There are countless sites around the world deemed so classified that they are pixelated or blacked out by Google Earth.

Some are understandable, like some military sites, royal residences and say, the whole of North Korea. Others may surprise you. Pretty much all of them are the subject of conspiracy theories."

YEC Geo's insight:

Once I came across an obscured site in Iran, very near a large dam, that I don't see mentioned in here.

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Is the world's most dangerous volcano about to blow?

Is the world's most dangerous volcano about to blow? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Families living near the killer peak Popocatépetl located 35 miles from Mexico Cityare on evacuation alert after the mile high plume began
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Bomb us if you dare: ISIS militants holed up in Syria's largest dam

Bomb us if you dare: ISIS militants holed up in Syria's largest dam | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Tabqa Dam, around 25 miles from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, would unleash a huge flood that would devastate much of Iraq and Syria if it was ruptured.
YEC Geo's insight:

Check it out on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/pRkTEubAnCH2

 

The thing is enormous. 

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Impossible Fossil Soft Tissue Stuns Evolutionists

Impossible Fossil Soft Tissue Stuns Evolutionists | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
A fossil arthropod from the Cambrian explosion retains carbonized residues from its brain. How could that be? How could any original material remain after 520 million years?
YEC Geo's insight:

It just gets wusser and wusser. 

 

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The memory of a river

The memory of a river | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"If you measure the contours of a river valley with Lidar (like radar with lasers), you get a beautiful map of all the historical river channels."


Via Seth Dixon
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Very impressive.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 29, 2015 6:39 PM

This particular image is fantastic for teaching about geomorphology and river systems.  Students can 'see' the historical layers of a meandering stream winding it's way across the landscape.  Here's a meandering stream image (Willamette River, Oregon) that shows the dynamism of fluvial processes quite nicely.

 

Tags physical, fluvial, geomorphology, erosion, landscape.

Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, January 29, 2016 3:42 AM

For the beauty of this picture. Follow the link to see the ancient courses of Mississippi River, I had once the idea to draw maps of the lower course of the Loue River in France not in a scientific purpose, but just for a kind of fractal art.