Friday, December 14, 2007

Impacts; ice, rock, flesh

Science break:

Prius Versus Hummer: A Nickel for Your Thoughts.
"...urban legends have sprung up about the Prius and its battery, the most colorful being this claim about the hybrid being less ecofriendly than a Hummer... You can disprove most of the false claims by doing a bit of math..."


Huge 'hurricane' rages on Saturn.
"A hurricane-like storm, two-thirds the diameter of Earth, is raging at Saturn's south pole, new images from Nasa's Cassini space probe reveal.
Measuring 5,000 miles (8,000km) across, the storm is the first hurricane ever detected on a planet other than Earth."


Ice Age Ends Smashingly: Did a comet blow up over eastern Canada?
"Evidence unearthed at more than two dozen sites across North America suggests that an extraterrestrial object exploded in Earth's atmosphere above Canada about 12,900 years ago, just as the climate was warming at the end of the last ice age. The explosion sparked immense wildfires, devastated North America's ecosystems and prehistoric cultures, and triggered a millennium-long cold spell, scientists say."

From what appears to have been an earlier impact event: Great beasts peppered from space
"Startling evidence has been found which shows mammoth and other great beasts from the last ice age were blasted with material that came from space.
Eight tusks dating to some 35,000 years ago all show signs of having being peppered with meteorite fragments... Raised, burnt surface rings trace the point of entry of high-velocity projectiles; and the punctures are on only one side, consistent with a blast coming from a single direction..."


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Eric's meteor crater fascination [Pics click to enlarge. Latitude, Longitude and measurement details more visible on enlargements.]:

I've always been fascinated by meteor craters on Earth; such obvious scars testifying to incredible impacts of objects from space. The sky is falling, indeed. Since putting Google Earth onto my computer, I can now spend some of my free time surfing the planet, looking for possible evidence of these impacts. Some are obvious; others, worn, eroded, filled and hidden. Not all of the possibilities that I've identified are real impact craters, of course; they could be volcanic plugs worn to concentric features, coincidence, 4am projections of wishful thinking, etc., etc.

You can look at the growing gallery of wishful crater evidence at my Zoto.com Possible Meteor album.

In one of the previous articles that I've linked to, the obvious semi-circular feature of Hudson's Bay is pointed to as a possible impact site. There is a lack of evidence for such an impact, on the ground, but the author of the article speculates that there was a thick sheet of ice at the time, "buffering" the impact. There is evidence for an airburst of a comet or meteor, around 12 900 years ago, that may have contributed to the release of a glacial meltwater lake into the ocean via Hudson' Bay. If you enlarge the third pic of this group, you will see the pair of definite, smaller craters to the east of the semi-circular feature; probably from a different time period.

Possible impact crater, Hudson's Bay. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.Possible impact crater, Hudson's Bay. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.
Impact crater pair, east of Hudson's Bay. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.

Here are some more possibles, from Northern Manitoba:

Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.
Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.

Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.
Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.

This is how these three group; on the surface, but not necessarily in time.

Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.
Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.

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Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.
Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.

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Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.
Possible meteor crater(s), Northern Manitoba. Broken Vulture Art, Bingorage Studio.

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New Tim Giago article.

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A more personal remembrance of Norval Morrisseau.
"... As he grew up and the art became more complex, told stories, gave away our secrets, say for instance how a loon can lead you to a school of fish. There were fears that if all the white people knew these secrets then there'd be no more fish, not to mention what they could do if they knew what the Midewiwin know..."

Native-American themed comic, Shaman's Tears. Read online, for free.

Native blog, for AlterNative Media.

Honouring Tradition:Reframing Native ArtFebruary 16, 2008 – September 28, 2008.
"... experience the rich artistic traditions of Native people from the Northern Plains and Subarctic regions. Past and present meet and interact with over 200 colourful objects including shirts, moccasins, baskets, story robes, sculptures, photographs, paintings and mixed media works..."


Remembering Norval Morrisseau at Macleans magazine.
Norval Morrisseau found a Paris salon in the boreal forest.

Sherman Alexie wins the National Book Award.
"Seattle author Sherman Alexie has won the National Book Award for his highly autobiographical novel for young people, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."


Norval Morrisseau worked on a series of paintings that were meant to be translated into mosaics for the Toronto subway. However, the project never happened, but now the paintings are for sale...
at 100 Grand ($100 000.00) a piece!
"Mcleod insists they (the prices) were determined well before the painter's death from complications associated with Parkinson's disease."

Yeah, right.

Another Native blog, Radical Indian
"(From the author's statement)...I encourage others to search within themselves for this same type of emotional freedom. A genocide happened to our people, a genocide so enormous and traumatic that sometimes our own people can't even comprehend it. All we can do is revel in its impact. The evidence is all around us and very obvious to non-Aborignal people. We can be free though. We need to stand up. We need to unite ourselves. We need to get stronger! We need to work past the pain, the hurt, the rage. We need to become more solution focussed and ready. We need to shake this system that has so defined us. We need to use everything they have taught us against them to break free from this oppression. One day, we can be free..."


Artist visit; Jim Denomie
"... latest exhibition “Brown-eyed Rabbit” is currently being shown at the Bockly Gallery in South Minneapolis. Jim paints in a very expressionistic style in which he uses vibrant colors and loose brush strokes to convey a satirical story about contempery Native Americans and their perceived role in a maladaptive society..."


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1 comment:

big dumb farmboy said...

my favorite fishing lake in finland is lappajärvi. my ancestors used to have fishing rights there a few hundred years ago. it was also part of their water route when trading pine tar for salt. anyways, its a big-ass crater. type lappajärvi on google earth and you'll see. its got perch, zander (european walleye), lake trout, and delicious perch (that grow to small up north walleye size).