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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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Was the Bethelehem Star a Comet?

Was the Bethelehem Star a Comet? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
It is interesting to speculate what events in the heavens could have prompted the Magi to leave their homes and take the over-1300-km journey to Bethlehem to see the baby Messiah. However, Nicholl’s comet theory is just that—speculation.

However, the book is useful along several fronts.
YEC Geo's insight:

In related info, see here for a comet that really did become a Christmas star--Comet Lovejoy in 2011: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/12/24/9680895-comet-turns-into-a-christmas-star

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The Evolution of the Permian Extinction?

The Evolution of the Permian Extinction? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
It is almost ironic that Dicynodon was the fossil which sparked this latest proposed revision to the Permian extinction hypothesis. As stated above, uniformitarian geologists had used Dicynodon fossils to delineate the Permian-Triassic boundary, but as few as 20 years ago, this was not the case.
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Mudflumes and millenia

Mudflumes and millenia | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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Jurgen Scheiber at Indiana University is a pioneer in the study of shale sedimentology, through his work showing that mudstones can form under conditions of hydraulic flow. 

 

This website shows pictures of his experimental flume studies, and has links to youtubes of his experiments.

 

A common criticism of YEC sedimentology is that there has not been enough time in the YEC chronology to allow shales to build up by settling from suspension.  Scheiber's work demonstrates that long periods of time aren't necessary for mudstones to accumulate.

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Amsterdam Island

Amsterdam Island | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
“What is the most remote active volcano on the planet, farthest from people or even farther from any other land mass that people might live?” volcanologist Erik Klemetti asked in a recent blog post.
YEC Geo's insight:

I found the discussion of the volcano's age to be particularly interesting.

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Polish geology experts say there is no hidden Nazi gold train

Polish geology experts say there is no hidden Nazi gold train | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The conclusion concerns only one of a number of sites in the Walbrzych area, where explorers claim war-time installations and even a train may be found."

YEC Geo's insight:

A fine use for modern geological technology!

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What caused the Ice Age?

What caused the Ice Age? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Currently in most areas where there was once an ice sheet the winters are cold enough, but don’t have even close to enough snowfall. Springs, summers, and autumns would need to become significantly cooler than now to maintain the ice. Most challenging of all, these unusual conditions would need to last hundreds of years."

YEC Geo's insight:

Former meteorologist Mike Oard does the math, and comes up with about 700 years for the length of the Ice Age.

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Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet

Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
When it debuted in 2005, Google Earth was a wonderfully intriguing novelty. From your personal computer, you could zoom in on the roof of your house or get a bird’s eye view of the park where you made out with your first girlfriend. But it proved to be more than just a party trick. And with the rapid rise of two other digital technologies—neural networks and virtual reality—the possibilities will only expand.
YEC Geo's insight:

Well, maybe that's overstating the case a wee bit, but still interesting.

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In Shadow of Oz, Biologist Wayne Rossiter Critiques Theistic Evolution

In Shadow of Oz, Biologist Wayne Rossiter Critiques Theistic Evolution | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Ask anyone why cheetahs run fast and they will tell you, "Why of course it's to catch gazelles (or other fast prey)." But there are many tasty, nutritious animals that run much slower than gazelles, so why couldn't cheetahs just catch slower prey that didn't require so much specialized musculature to allow them to run fast? Rossiter elaborates on why adaptive explanations that 'everyone knows are true" are often much less obvious than they would seem.'"

YEC Geo's insight:

Review of a new book--sounds like it should be both instructive and provocative.

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Yet Another Global Warming Alarmist Prediction Has Been Falsified

Yet Another Global Warming Alarmist Prediction Has Been Falsified | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The more acidic the water, the harder it is for coccolithophores (and all organisms that do the same chemistry) to make calcium carbonate. Well, increasing levels of carbon dioxide leads to increasing acidity (technically, lowering alkalinity) of ocean water, since carbon dioxide can react with water to form carbonic acid. It is therefore assumed that rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will harm coccolithophores.
YEC Geo's insight:

Fascinating study of a natural negative feedback loop.

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Hundreds of Dino Tracks Found Eroding at Scottish Beach

Hundreds of Dino Tracks Found Eroding at Scottish Beach | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Could these sauropod tracks have survived the ocean for thousands of years, let alone millions?
YEC Geo's insight:

Not to mention the improbability of having been preserved at all.

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Breaking! Dino Blood Is Real

Breaking! Dino Blood Is Real | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
' “Researchers Confirm Original Blood Vessels in 80 Million-Year-Old Fossil” is the headline from North Carolina State University.'
YEC Geo's insight:

David Coppedge comments:

 

"Prediction: The implications of this discovery (and others like it) are so staggering, so monumental, evolutionists will not believe it. They will either deny it, or escape to the absurd conclusion that soft blood vessels can survive for millions of years."

 

Jay Wile's commentary is here:  http://blog.drwile.com/?p=14112

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Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two

Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Nishinoshima has grown to twelve times its original size.
YEC Geo's insight:

The arrow points to the light-colored area of ocean from which the new volcano arose and swallowed the old one (website shows the after picture).  A real-life example of the Pixar "Lava" short! (http://sco.lt/9EkVPN)

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Southern Greenland - Warm and Ice Free

Southern Greenland - Warm and Ice Free | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
According to the uniformitarian ice age paradigm, Greenland first developed an ice sheet around 2.5 Ma (million years) ago; at the same time the ice sheets supposedly developed on North America and Scandinavia. However, opinion on the timing of the Greenland Ice Sheet is changing.
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Reading the ABCs from Space

Reading the ABCs from Space | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
A few years ago, while working on a story about wildfires, a V appeared to me in a satellite image of a smoke plume over Canada. That image made me wonder: could I track down all 26 letters of the English alphabet using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography?
YEC Geo's insight:

Boy, would I like this guy's job.

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ExxonMobil and Sierra Club Agreed on Climate Policy—and Kept It Secret

ExxonMobil and Sierra Club Agreed on Climate Policy—and Kept It Secret | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
A forgotten accord reached in 2009 may yet have relevance for the future of U.S. climate policy.
YEC Geo's insight:

An oilman, an environmentalist, and the fruits of an unlikely collaboration.

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An Ocean of Plastic?

An Ocean of Plastic? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Remember the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill? Scientific American magazine ran this piece: “Meet the Microbes Eating the Gulf Oil Spill”.

Well, meet the microbes eating the ocean’s plastic:
YEC Geo's insight:

Long, but very interesting investigative article by a blue water sailor.

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Top 2015 News: The Real Jurassic World

Top 2015 News: The Real Jurassic World | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Fossils, artifacts, and eyewitnesses supplied solid evidence in 2015 that dinosaur fossils formed recently."

YEC Geo's insight:

Original connective tissue, original egg coloration, radiocarbon in dinosaur bones--it was a fantastic year for creation-based dino research.

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Learn about the history of ExxonMobil

Learn about the history of ExxonMobil | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Over the last 125 years ExxonMobil has evolved from a regional marketer of kerosene in the U.S. to the largest publicly traded petroleum and petrochemical enterprise in the world.
YEC Geo's insight:

Facts you probably didn't know about the second largest  company in the world (only Apple is bigger).

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Frank Gehry to reinvent Los Angeles River amid El Nino, California drought

Frank Gehry to reinvent Los Angeles River amid El Nino, California drought | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Much of the L.A. River does look more like an oversized open-air sewer than a mighty waterway.

But that could change with a massive reinvention and a world-famous visionary, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.
YEC Geo's insight:

Should be interesting.

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Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum

Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Come experience paleontology firsthand! Located in Glendive, Montana, we offer guided dig adventures in the Badlands of the Hell Creek Formation.
YEC Geo's insight:

Would love to do one of these digs if I could.  Montana in summer is hot and dusty, but what an opportunity! This creation-based museum in the heart of the Hell Creek Formation has been on the cutting edge of many of the recent biomaterial and C-14 studies that are rewriting the conventional dating scheme for dinosaurs.

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Phytoplankton Blooms off the Falkland Islands

Phytoplankton Blooms off the Falkland Islands | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on December 2, 2015, the waters northeast of the Falkland Islands were awash with color
YEC Geo's insight:

Site has links to other phytoplankton "art."

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Çatalhöyük—The First City After Babel?

Çatalhöyük—The First City After Babel? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
One of the most astonishing facts about the site is its apparent lack of public buildings, such as a palace, government offices, religious temples, granaries, and sanitation. In fact, there are virtually no streets. All the houses were connected wall-to-wall, and the only way to get into a home was through the roof.
YEC Geo's insight:

A lot of fascinating information.

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Bottoms up: The story of Table Mountain

Bottoms up: The story of Table Mountain | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The mountain owes its relative flatness at the summit to the fact that it is a syncline mountain — that is, what we see as the summit of Table Mountain was actually once the bottom of a valley floor, likely worn away by the sea.
YEC Geo's insight:

Lovely pictures of South Africa's Table Mountain, but an unsatisfyling story.  A quick glimpse using Google Earth reveals several significant wind gaps around the mountain--erosional features that are not explainable by "sea erosion." 

 

I'm sorry, but if this is the standard story, it's sloppy geomorphological thinking.  Look at the topography--the details are always in the contour lines.

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Holiday Road Trip? Compelling Reasons to Stuff a Geologist in Your Car - But Do Your Own Driving

Holiday Road Trip? Compelling Reasons to Stuff a Geologist in Your Car - But Do Your Own Driving | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Are geologists better to travel with than a DVD player? You bet!
YEC Geo's insight:

I agree with the caveat that you don't let the geologist do the driving, at least in areas of spectacular terrain.  And don't have a deadline--many's the time the kids have groaned because we've pulled off the road to investigate yet another set of "layers."

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Was Mammoth Extinction Caused by Rapid Global Warming?

Was Mammoth Extinction Caused by Rapid Global Warming? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Northern Hemisphere, even Siberia during the Ice Age, was considered to be like the Serengeti of Africa. Dale Guthrie of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks has called it the “mammoth steppe,” characterized by a wet spring and a dry summer with tall grass.
YEC Geo's insight:

MIke Oard's post-Flood rapid Ice Age paradigm.

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