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Lake Missoula flood: Scale model of the Genesis Flood

Lake Missoula flood:  Scale model of the Genesis Flood | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Not all of the Missoula floodwater was able to pass through a narrow gap in south-central Washington, so it backed up and formed an instant lake around 245 m (800 ft) deep in central Washington. This spread sediments up tributary valleys creating well-layered sedimentary deposits up to 30 m (100 ft) thick (fig. 2). This is a good example of how quickly thick layers can form in a flood.
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A textbook example of catastrophic deposition of thick sedimentary layers, with application to a global flood model.  On a worldwide scale, planation surfaces, tall erosional remnants, and deep water gaps are all much more easily explained by a catastrophic global marine transgression than by the accepted actualistic/uniformitarian consensus.

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California drought: Tom Selleck out of hot water, nudists in deep as water thefts spread

California drought: Tom Selleck out of hot water, nudists in deep as water thefts spread | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Allegations of water thievery are cropping up across California, as wells and creeks run dry in a punishing drought now in its fourth summer. But the penalties for suspected scofflaws, from the Bay Area to the Hollywood Hills, vary as much as the body types found in Lupin Lodge's skinny dipping pool."

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Expect to see more of this in more places, as water scarcity moves from being an inconvenience to becoming a more serious problem.  Kind of like people siphoning gas from cars in the oil crisis of the late 70s.

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Mount St. Helens, still steaming, holds the world's newest glacier

Mount St. Helens, still steaming, holds the world's newest glacier | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"By 1988, a permanent snowfield more than 200 feet thick nestled in the crater. In 1996, the first crevasses appeared — evidence that the frozen mass was in motion and met the definition of a glacier.

 

But things really got weird in 2004."

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Interesting article about the world's youngest glacier.

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More than 50 small earthquakes hit Ventura County

More than 50 small earthquakes hit Ventura County | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
More than 50 small earthquakes have been recorded since Wednesday near the town of Fillmore in Ventura County, according to a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist.
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Fillmore is located on the north bank of the Santa Clara River, which is remarkable for the width of the valley in relation to the actual width of the river (underfit, in other words).  Here's a link to a map of the location, along with some interesting information about Fillmore:  http://mapq.st/1H8bO5Q

 

For the more curious, here's a link to a free Google ebook about an early geologic investigation of the area: http://bit.ly/1Sd2eEk 

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Draining Condit Dam, Washington State, shows effects of receding floodwater

Draining Condit Dam, Washington State, shows effects of receding floodwater | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

From Tas Walker's blog. Contains a link to an amazing video of the erosive power of water.

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Fossilized mating insects demonstrate instant burial

Fossilized mating insects demonstrate instant burial | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The earliest record of fossilized copulating insects has recently been unearthed in China (see figure 1) in sediments from the Middle Jurassic. While much is known of the reproductive behaviour of extant (still in existence) insects, examples of fossilized mating individuals (i.e. showing ‘behaviour’) are very rare. Of 33 reported cases in the entire insect fossil record (e.g. fireflies, mosquitoes, plant hoppers, leaf hoppers, water striders, bees, and ants), 27 were preserved in amber (fossilized tree resin), with only six found in compression fossils, including the one examined here. This new find replaces the previous oldest specimen of a pair of non-biting midges (true flies) discovered in amber from the Early Cretaceous."

YEC Geo's insight:

It was mind-blowing to learn that there are 33 reported cases of fossilized mating insects.  Not only did they have to be buried in flagrante delicto, but the preservation method had to lack  destructive energy.  The first condition invalidates slow gradual burial, the second invalidates a flash flood-typical current of moving water that would tear the delicate insects apart.

 

Clearly more work needs to be done here on the depositional conditions that would satisfy two seemingly contradictory requirements.

 

One possible hypothesis is that the insects (and other similarly preserved fossils) were killed by catastrophic poisonous outgassing.  That would have dropped them in their tracks, so to speak.  Then steadily rising sediment-laden water could have buried the corpses.

 

See here for a modern instance of mass biologic death by outgassing:  http://sco.lt/547Lw9  

 

Explains a lot of things, but the geographic scale would have to have been much larger than what happened in Cameroon.

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Helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault in LA

Helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault in LA | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth's mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin.

He claims the results show that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper than scientists previously thought.
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The Problem with Proxies

The Problem with Proxies | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Historical geology is full of the use of proxies (indirect indications) to tell stories about continental and atmospheric changes over millions of years. How reliable are they? Let’s look at some confessions in this month’s leading earth science journal, Geology.
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Includes a quote from a paper on modern sedimentary basins that asks the rather startling question, "Is the present the key to the past?":

 

"While this modern snapshot does not account for differences in subsidence rate or basin longevity, the mapping and quantification of modern basins highlight the incompleteness of the stratigraphic record, and the importance of caution when assuming “the present is the key to the past."

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Can Iron Preserve Fossil Proteins for Eons?

Can Iron Preserve Fossil Proteins for Eons? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
News reports around the world tell of red-blood-cell-like and collagen-like structures found in 75 million year-old dinosaur bones long stored in the British Museum. This news coincides with the release of the film Jurassic World, in which fictional scientists resurrect dinosaurs using dino DNA that "iron chelators" somehow preserved for millions of years.1 Though the movie is fiction, it does refer to a real study involving blood and bone. However, a closer look at the relevant chemistry shows that the iron-as-preservative story may be just as fictional as Jurassic World.
YEC Geo's insight:

Brian Thomas is the foremost creationist researcher on soft tissue, and the author of the recent Creation Research Society Quarterly article on C-14 in dinosaur bones.  Here, he unpacks in a systematic way the problems with the iron chelator hypothesis for soft tissue preservation.

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Three rules for scientists from an autistic 17-year-old Phd candidate

Three rules for scientists from an autistic 17-year-old Phd candidate | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
If you have not heard about them, Jacob was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. His mother (Kristine) initially followed all the experts’ advice, which ended up meaning hours of therapy for Jacob every day. Eventually, however, she decided that all this therapy was robbing Jacob of his childhood. As a result, she stopped all the therapy and simply played with him. She blew dandelion puffs in his face, listened to music with him, and helped him search for patterns in the clouds.
YEC Geo's insight:

Wow.  I was blown away--this kid has it nailed.  Though, as the first commenter pointed out, it's often hard to do #2 if you do #1.

 

Read more about the amazing story of Jake Barnett and his incredible mother here:  http://www.jacobbarnett.com/jacob-barnett.html

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Britain's 'Oldest' Sauropod and a Jurassic World

Britain's 'Oldest' Sauropod and a Jurassic World | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The same erosion that should have erased the world's rocks and fossils millions of years ago exposed this giant sauropod tail vertebra, giving England's secularists another opportunity to remind folks that the middle Jurassic "Period" began some 170 million years ago. But this story ignores the area's fossils that show no hint of millions of years' worth of mutations, and it ignores rocky clues of disastrous catastrophe that suggest this rare bone was buried thousands, not millions, of years ago. In other words, there never really was a Jurassic World—just a flooded one.
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Apropos of a certain popular movie.

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Carbon-14 Found in Dinosaur Bone

Carbon-14 Found in Dinosaur Bone | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Secular paleontologists consider it a waste of time to test for C14 in dinosaur bone. There shouldn’t be any. Bones millions of years old, including those of all dinosaurs, should be “radiocarbon dead.” But like Mary Schweitzer said about soft tissue in general, “If you don’t look, you won’t find. But if you do, you never know.”

The Creation Research Society (CRS), an organization of Biblical creation scientists since 1963, went looking. In the spring 2015 issue of their peer-reviewed CRS Quarterly (51:4), they published a special report with results of their iDINO project: an investigation into soft tissue remains in dinosaur bones. (This issue was prepared and printed before the announcement in Nature Communications.) The bombshell announcement is that measurable C14 has been found in dinosaur bones.
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You can see the article abstract here: https://creationresearch.org/index.php/extensions/crs-quarterly/s5-frontpage-display/item/117

 

Combined with the finding that soft tissue may be common in dinosaur bone (http://sco.lt/9D1Zy5, http://sco.lt/7IbqFt), this has the potential to upend the conventional stratigraphic time scale.

 

One problem is that the results are published in a creationist journal.  Given that conventional journals are unfriendly to known creationists, that's not surprising.  Hopefully, some unprejudiced scientists will take a look, and extend the methodology to other specimens, with the goal of publishing in the secular literature.

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Google Earth weather information out of date

Google Earth weather information out of date | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"As a number of GEB readers have noted, some of Google Earth’s weather layers have not been working correctly and as of this writing the data is out of date. The ‘Conditions and Forecasts’ layer has not been updated since May 28th, 2015. The ‘Oceans Observations’ layer has even older data, mostly from 2013. The ‘Clouds’ and ‘Radar’ layers are up to date – see the ‘Information’ layer for exact date and time for each and for animated versions of both layers."

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Hope this is just a glitch and not a signal about Google's support of Google Earth.

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Where Are the Earth’s Impact Craters?

Where Are the Earth’s Impact Craters? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Is it reasonable to assume hundreds of millions of years passed with so few traces of impacts?
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With implications for flood geology.

 

For lagniappe, here's a link to images of some impressive craters, including the one above, the "eye of Quebec":  https://www.newscientist.com/gallery/spectacular-earth-impact-craters/

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The Great Unconformity and the Sauk Megasequence

The Great Unconformity and the Sauk Megasequence | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The uniformitarian scientists claim that the Great Unconformity represents a long period of continental denudation, well over a billion years at many locations. This is in the context of attempting to explain the evolution of biomineralization by means of the geochemical effects of prolonged continental weathering and denudation.  However, erosion does not form planation surfaces today, except locally when a river floods and erodes its banks.7 Planation surfaces are being destroyed by present-day erosion, especially by running water that forms channels and valleys."

YEC Geo's insight:

In a logically consistent uniformitarian paradigm, planation surfaces would not exist in solid bedrock.  Examination of any topographical map shows that rivers incise, they do not plane.  Flat depositional plains only exist in alluvial valleys, as a result of overbank flooding, and even then, channels are incised into the surface.

 

There is no reasonable way to use currently scaled erosional processes to produce a planation surface in, say,  quartzite sandstone,  for example.

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Do underwater volcanoes have an effect on El Nino?

Do underwater volcanoes have an effect on El Nino? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Last week I postulated that the El Niño/El Niña effect was not due to solar or atmospheric conditions, but actually caused by underwater volcanic activity along ocean ridges off the West coast of South America. To see whether my theory held water I decided to look into the Argo Float data to see if there it was showing a warm upwelling of water in this region. I apparently was correct.
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An interesting discussion, mainly in the comments section, on whether underwater vents have a causative effect on El Nino.

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L.A. OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite quake concerns

L.A. OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite quake concerns | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has signed off on geology reports that found that no active earthquake fault runs under the site of the Millennium Hollywood development, even though the state geologist last year concluded there was one."

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Apparently, new studies concluded that the fault was "too old to be active."  Let's hope they're right. 

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Dinosaur Thighbone Found in Marine Rock

Dinosaur Thighbone Found in Marine Rock | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
More important, in order to fossilize, the carcass would need to have been buried very rapidly in order to prevent decay or scavenging by other creatures. This would be true regardless of whether the carcass was found in a marine or land sedimentary environment. And such rapid burial requires catastrophic conditions.
YEC Geo's insight:

Another instance of problematic preservational requirements.  For a large animal to be buried quickly enough before decay occurs, catastrophic deposition is required.  However, non-continuous, non-gradual accumulation creates problems for stratigraphic interpretation (http://sco.lt/8jJhBp).

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Azerbaijan spa treats customers in crude oil baths

"A spa in oil-rich Azerbaijan offers customers a chance to treat their health issues by bathing in crude oil."

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I guess that's one way to deal with the the oil glut.

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Flood Carries River Monsters Above the Surface

Flood Carries River Monsters Above the Surface | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Texas floods provided an unusual reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape.

Via Bourdoncle
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Pretty interesting side effect.

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Are 90% of academic papers really never cited? Reviewing the literature on academic citations.

Are 90% of academic papers really never cited? Reviewing the literature on academic citations. | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
“90% of papers published in academic journals are never cited.” This damning statistic from a 2007 overview of citation analysis recently darted about cyberspace. A similar statistic had made the rounds in 2010 but that time it was about 60% of social and natural science articles that were said to be uncited. Neither statistic came with a link to supporting academic research papers.

That lack of support was a problem for me. I did not doubt the basic truth that many academic papers are uncited. But to be sure 90% was not urban legend and to learn the context and caveats, I needed to find the original research paper. I was not the only one who wanted the supporting evidence. So, I dove into Google scholar, searching the disparaged academic literature for articles on academic citation rates.
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I'd heard the 90% figure before, and thought it odd, especially when most of the Google Scholar geology articles that I pull up have at least 1 citation.

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The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis

The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Global warming research is characterized by an insider’s club. If you believe, you’re in. If you doubt, you’re out. This is also so at the Pontifical Academies of Science where Schellnhuber was appointed by Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. The bishop locked scientists with contrary views out of the process, scientists he has repeatedly dismissed as “funded by the oil industry.” Given this, how likely is it that the Holy Father was fully aware of the views of the chief scientist who advised him?
YEC Geo's insight:

I am by no means a knee-jerk Republican, and I welcome criticism of the global industrialist complex, but I fiercely oppose consensus science.  There are too many stories of climate "deniers" who have had their views repressed, or even their careers ruined, with too many similarities to what's happened to intelligent design advocates and creationists.

 

That's not science, that's the tyranny of the majority.

 

See here for a "crunchy con" interpretation of Pope Francis' encyclical:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/harmony-communion-incarnation-laudato-si-pope-francis/

 

Although the blogger is a Christian evolutionist, it's hard to ignore the "thickness." for lack of a better word, that a literal interpretation of the Genesis narrative would give to his post.

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Unprecedented Rash of Retractions in Science Journals Is Excellent News

Unprecedented Rash of Retractions in Science Journals Is Excellent News | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
If I'm right that "science abuse" is the correct metaphor for what you see across a spectrum of areas of controversy -- that is, the unjustified use of science as a shortcut to advance a favored non-scientific agenda -- then the encouraging flip side of the phenomenon is the unprecedented rash of retractions in science journals.
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A good reminder that science is done by fallible people.

 

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Bacterial Flagella—Icon of the Intelligent Design Movement

Bacterial Flagella—Icon of the Intelligent Design Movement | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
After Michael Behe made the bacterial flagellum a popular argument for intelligent design in Darwin’s Black Box, Scott Minnich joined the ranks of the intelligent design movement. Dr. Minnich, a geneticist and associate professor of microbiology at the University of Idaho, takes the argument to the next level by describing how this design paradigm led to new insights in his research.
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A good summary of the progress of the Intelligent Design movement as embodied in research into the ID icon, the bacterial flagellum.

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California drought: No rain, but 'the sky is not falling'

California drought: No rain, but 'the sky is not falling' | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Santa Ana River is a robust and beautiful sight these days. Five miles west of the Prado Dam in Yorba Linda, the water has cut a narrow channel in a sandy bed and courses briskly over submerged rocks and tree limbs.

Via Grant W. Graves
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A summary of the complex ecosystem that is the California water bureaucracy, seen through the lens of one watershed.

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