Conformable Contacts
Follow
Find
3.2K views | +1 today
Conformable Contacts
Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
Curated by YEC Geo
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Black Rocks, Red Flag: Uniformitarian Flaws

Black Rocks, Red Flag:  Uniformitarian Flaws | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Red flags traditionally act as warning signals. In this case of a surprising rock discovery in West Virginia, the flag is black rather than red, but the results are the same. Geologist Callan Bentley recently blogged about another problem with the uniformitarian model."

YEC Geo's insight:

When worlds collide:  One of my favorite creationist sources (http://www.icr.org/articles/)   posts on one of my favorite evolutionist sources (http://blogs.agu.org/mountainbeltway/).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

When does it end?

When does it end? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The current situation is no longer defensible.  Government is failing to protect our water.  Big industry and business is failing to protect our water.  Collectively, regular citizens are failing our own communities and fellow residents by failing to demand better of government, industry, and each other.  How long will this go on?"

YEC Geo's insight:

Well-documented article by a rocket scientist who left her job as an aerospace engineer to enjoy a slower paced life in Kentucky, and who is now an environmental activist.  Guess that slower pace thing didn't work out too well.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Researchers calculate how river networks move across a landscape

Researchers calculate how river networks move across a landscape | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Large river networks — such as those that funnel into the Colorado and Mississippi rivers — may seem to be permanent features of a landscape. In fact, many rivers define political boundaries that have been in place for centuries.

 

But scientists have long suspected that river networks are not as static as they may appear, and have gathered geologic and biological evidence that suggest many rivers have been "rewired," shifting and moving across a landscape over millions of years."

YEC Geo's insight:

Fascinating article on how researchers are measuring equilibrium elevations for adjacent watersheds to determine whether or not they're in a stable state--and what that means for the future of those watersheds.

 

However, I have issues with the way the authors seem to blithely assume stream capture as a means of divide migration.  There's a big difference between the wearing down of the topographic barriers that funnel runoff into a trunk stream, and a presumed "capture event" that channels a whole network into an adjacent watershed. 

 

You can read the abstract for the original article here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6175/1248765

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Commentary on cladistics

Commentary on cladistics | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The presence of real feathers on a modern creature identifies it as a bird. Certainly there are many extinct creatures in the fossil record, and it is not surprisingly that they differ in some ways from the birds at our backyard feeders. But there is no justification in considering an obviously feathered animal to be anything but a bird, other than the wish to establish an evolutionary origin for birds and feathers."

YEC Geo's insight:

Elizabeth Mitchell at Answers in Genesis critiques the clade-based taxonomy of the Daohugou fossils.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

A Whale In Vermont? The Story Behind The State's Most Famous Fossil

A Whale In Vermont? The Story Behind The State's Most Famous Fossil | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"In 1849, railroad workers in Charlotte found a skeleton that helped piece together Vermont’s geological history. The unlikely discovery of what’s come to be known as the Charlotte whale, and the scientific boon it lead to,  is chronicled in a new book by Jeff L. Howe called How Do You Get a Whale in Vermont? The Unlikely Story of Vermont’s State Fossil."

YEC Geo's insight:

Interesting tale.  The article isn't quite clear on how the whale got to its fossil location.  Best I can figure out is that Lake Champlain was part of a waterway that extended to either the St. Lawrence seaway, or Long Island Sound, or both.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Book review of Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries

Book review of Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Prolific creationist author Michael Oard is known for his extensive literature research and cautious but thorough reports. His new book on dinosaurs achieves more than its title suggests, and does so in a surprisingly readable format. Not only does it present dinosaur challenges and mysteries, but solves them—or at least presents a solution that best fits the facts."

YEC Geo's insight:

Highly recommended.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Sights from a plane: 27 reasons you should always ask for the window seat

Sights from a plane:  27 reasons you should always ask for the window seat | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"There are plenty of reasons to ask for a window seat. For starters you can lean on the window if you want to sleep, and you never have to get up for someone else! But it’s what’s outside of that window that is most compelling."

YEC Geo's insight:

It's kind of like Google Earth, except it's real.  Like earth Earth.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Corvettes and sinkholes

Corvettes and sinkholes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

" What causes sinkholes? A glimpse at this fascinating map of Kentucky groundwater flow routes confirms the well-known fact that sinkholes are not uncommon there, given features with such names as "Sinking Creek", "Auburn Bluehole," and "Lost River Rise." 

YEC Geo's insight:

The facts behind the recent collapse of a passel of Corvettes into a sinkhole.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Say it ain't so!

Say it ain't so! | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Over at Google Earth Blog, Frank Taylor nails an issue I've noticed too:  support for Google Earth and development of the product seems to have dropped off Google's todo list.  Frank interprets this as being a bad sign for the future of Google Earth and I think he's right."

YEC Geo's insight:

The blogger laments "stuff educators would miss" if GE goes away as a standalone. 

 

It's not just educators--I think this would be a tremendous blow for geoscientists as well.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

RIP, Roger Tomlinson, the father of computerized cartography

RIP, Roger Tomlinson, the father of computerized cartography | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"His insights, before the advent of satellite mapping and GPS, paved the way for the waves of map-making innovations that followed."

YEC Geo's insight:

Mr. GIS--what a debt we owe this man.

 

Quote:  “Don’t worry about what’s in it for you,” James Boxall, head of the GISciences Centre at Dalhousie University, said Dr. Tomlinson once advised him, “worry about what you’re giving back.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Dam crack in Washington raises breach concerns

"A 65-foot crack in a Washington dam has investigators worried whether it could cause a breach."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

The Mystery of the Megaflood

The Mystery of the Megaflood | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
YEC Geo's insight:

Well-supported evidence for one single Missoula megaflood.

 

Image credit: http://hugefloods.com/IceAgeFloodsInstitute.html

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained?

Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a "toxic bloom" theory. Does it explain all the findings?
YEC Geo's insight:

Among other questions, David Coppedge asks how the carcasses could have escaped scavenging and decay, and why they are located on the edge of the Atacama desert, one of the driest deserts in the world.

 

Image credit:  http://cerroballena.si.edu/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging

Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"If there was any doubt that the rebooted Cosmos series, which premiered last night, would be politically charged and have a materialistic ideological message, consider what viewers saw in its first 60 seconds."

YEC Geo's insight:

Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute watches the opening episode of the new Cosmos series, and wonders why Neil deGrasse Tyson spends a good portion of the first hour focusing on religious persecution of scientists four hundred years ago, but makes no mention of the many attacks on freedom of expression currently perpetrated in the name of "protecting" the academy from questioning evolution.

 

The list that Luskin provides is sobering.  The message is clear:  doubters better keep their heads down.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

This Climate Study Claims to Have the “Right Stuff”

This Climate Study Claims to Have the “Right Stuff” | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
YEC Geo's insight:

Jay Wile reports on a group of retired NASA scientists and engineers who actually used--gasp--empirical climate data to produce a climate model.  Very interesting. 

 

As the first commenter in the combox notes, "It seems obvious that scientists would want to be 'using past data to make predictions about future climate…'  Indeed, I would have thought that this would have already have been the ideal model all along."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Biblical Waters: Can the Jordan River Be Saved?

Biblical Waters: Can the Jordan River Be Saved? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
With the swelling ranks of Syrian refugees in Jordan, an overstressed river is at risk of going dry.
YEC Geo's insight:

Seven years of drought have drastically lowered the water level of teh Sea of Galilee.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Radiohalos in Multiple, Sequentially Intruded Phases of the Bathurst Batholith, NSW, Australia: Evidence for Rapid Granite Formation during the Flood

Radiohalos in Multiple, Sequentially Intruded Phases of the Bathurst Batholith, NSW, Australia: Evidence for Rapid Granite Formation during the Flood | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The Bathurst Granite intruded Flood-deposited, fossiliferous sedimentary strata, disrupting them and producing a contact metamorphic zone. It was then itself intruded by the Evans Crown dike, which has a chilled margin. Finally, smaller granite dikes intruded both the Bathurst Granite, Evans Crown dike and the host sedimentary strata, producing adjacent alteration zones. Field and textural data have established that these granite phases were sequentially intruded while still hot."

YEC Geo's insight:

Technical article arguing for rapid emplacement of a granitic intrusion in Australia.  The images are of radiohaloes in biotite flakes.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

More Amazing Fossils in China Raise Questions

More Amazing Fossils in China Raise Questions | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
There was the Jehol biota (Cretaceous), with its "feathered dinosaurs," but now the "prequel" Daohugou biota (Jurassic) is opening eyes wide again.
YEC Geo's insight:

David Coppedge dissects an open access paper on the important Daohugou bone bed.

 

Wikipedia also has a very interesting overview of the problematic Daohugou formation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daohugou

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

A brand new issue of Journal of Creation with lots of geology articles

A brand new issue of Journal of Creation with lots of geology articles | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"There is a lot of really interesting reading in this issue, as there always is. It’s a journal for people who want a bit more meat, and to see what creation scientists are discussing and debating."

YEC Geo's insight:

Includes articles on fast growth of desert varnish, criteria for determining Flood boundary in specific areas, and the meaning of the Great Unconformity and the Sauk Megasequence.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

The problems with proxy measurements

The problems with proxy measurements | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Geologists say the study raises serious questions about a supposedly reliable test. “People are recognizing that we have to be more careful,” says geochemist Timothy Lyons of the University of California, Riverside. “We need to increasingly focus on doing just what [these authors] did, a more careful characterization of samples.”

YEC Geo's insight:

Always a need to be careful when relying on proxies, especially for age determinations.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

These satellites are the size of a toaster and will monitor Earth in near real-time

These satellites are the size of a toaster and will monitor Earth in near real-time | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has begun deploying 28 toaster-sized satellites built by a Silicon Valley tech company that will monitor the earth faster and more completely than ever before."

YEC Geo's insight:

Will Google buy these images?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

Canada’s New Cambrian Explosion: Burgess Shale Chapter Two

Canada’s New Cambrian Explosion: Burgess Shale Chapter Two | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
YEC Geo's insight:

A creationist interpretation of a fantastic fossil find.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by YEC Geo
Scoop.it!

How computer-generated fake papers are flooding academia

How computer-generated fake papers are flooding academia | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"More and more academic papers that are essentially gobbledegook are being written by computer programs – and accepted at conferences."

YEC Geo's insight:

Funny!  Probably more difficult to carry off in geology, but not inconceivable.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by YEC Geo from Geography Stuff
Scoop.it!

Google Maps Mania: Create Virtual Tours with Street View

Google Maps Mania: Create Virtual Tours with Street View | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

 

"History in These Streets is a virtual recreation of the Black Panther Legacy tour that the Huey P. Newton Foundation conducts in West Oakland.  The tour includes an audio narration by David Hilliard, the former Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party. As Hilliard relates the history of different locations the Street View of that location is displayed, with a little help from the Google Maps API."


Via Andrew Shears, PhD
YEC Geo's insight:

This might be an interesting way to create virtual geology field trips along highways with important outcrops.

more...
No comment yet.