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Comet trail may have caused last ice age - UPI.com
www.upi.com, Science News ^ | April 4, 2010 | UPI

Posted on 04/03/2010 6:58:36 AM PDT by Paul Pierett

CARDIFF, England, April 2 (UPI) -- A thousand-year freeze that began in 11,000 B.C. may have been caused by thousands of atomic-force chunks from a disintegrating comet, a British scientist said. The fragments, each hitting with the force of a 1-megaton nuclear bomb, triggered fires that covered whole continents and filled the atmosphere with smoke and soot that blotted out the sun, said Bill Napier, a professor at Cardiff University Astrobiology Center.

Napier said Earth may have strayed into a dense trail of fragments being shed by a large comet.  The resulting freeze caused glaciers to advance, disrupted human cultures and wiped out an estimated 35 families of North American mammals, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

There is "compelling evidence" the main comet has been breaking apart ever since, leading to meteor streams known as the Taurid Complex, Napier wrote in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.  


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; climategate; globalcooling; globalwarming; godsgravesglyphs
The Basic Fundamentals of global warming and cooling are ignored.

It seems that since Al Gore's fall from grace, climate-gate and the Germans falling off the wagon, the science world is trying to fill the void with more garbage and with the media's aid.

Now we have England backing up their scientists as if there was no wrong. Our present administration is bent on following their agenda and ignoring science as well.

Oops!

The present sunspot rate in the third year is not enough to support global warming.

Sincerely,

Paul Pierett

1 posted on 04/03/2010 6:58:36 AM PDT by Paul Pierett
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To: Paul Pierett
Headline should read:

EARTH SAVED FROM GLOBAL WARMING BY ANCIENT COMET

2 posted on 04/03/2010 7:02:57 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER ( EPA will rule your life)
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To: Paul Pierett
filled the atmosphere with smoke and soot that blotted out the sun

I thought that when we put stuff into the atmosphere it caused warming...I am soooo confused now...

3 posted on 04/03/2010 7:09:23 AM PDT by GregNH (Re-Elect "No Body")
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To: Paul Pierett

Well we need to warm up the planet as much as possible just in case this happens again.

Save the earth! Warm it up!


4 posted on 04/03/2010 7:16:03 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Paul Pierett
I thought they just figured out that it was something else.

Wow, before you know it, they may just have to think "God"....

5 posted on 04/03/2010 7:18:31 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: SunkenCiv

/mark


6 posted on 04/03/2010 7:19:25 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Paul Pierett

If that coment comes back again, will Obama hand out free SUVs to everyone to save us from hibernation?


7 posted on 04/03/2010 7:30:27 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Paul Pierett

This is a very dubious theory, at best. This simplest reason is that the scale of a comet is dwarfed by the size of the Earth.

To give an idea of the scale, the Tunguska event, believed to be an airburst comet over Siberia, produced an explosion of between 5 and 30 Megatons of TNT (*). It flattened trees over about an 830 square mile area, but only burned a fraction of those. And had it landed at sea, unless it was near a coast, or observed by a ship, it probably would have gone unnoticed before the age of Earth observation satellites.

(*) The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Tsar Bomba, was about 100 Megatons, or three times as large.

Now, *assuming* that the alleged comet broke up in such a way that it would come in over the northern hemisphere, which has more forest, and more land (60% water/40% land) than the southern hemisphere, it would still likely leave most forest land untouched. Only half the land, 20% of the total northern hemisphere, was covered by forest at its peak.

In other words, every four of five airburst comet chunks would do little or nothing, even if coming in at the optimal direction. Those that made it through might have knocked down trees, but not burned that many of them.

Two or three big volcanic eruptions in a year would likely do more.


8 posted on 04/03/2010 7:49:04 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Paul Pierett

There were a bunch of postings on this conjecture and every one of them offers the supposition that the earth entered a path of of a disintegrating comet but offers nothing furthur.

Such as; OK this thing was here eons ago travelling in this orbit the earth was here moving this way and wham snowdown at intersection X occured. Also there should be some residue of some element which could be attributed to such an unearthly body generally distributed around the earth which could be attributed to that era.


9 posted on 04/03/2010 7:56:09 AM PDT by mosesdapoet ("There's still no MSM mention of Obama's extravagant life style while millions are unemployed")
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To: Paul Pierett
In one sense, I wish that folks would just quit posting all this junk science crap here, but I suppose we do need to keep abreast of the situation as it looks like obama is going to "deem" global warming into existence.

I never believed the lies about global warming, for a couple of reasons: 1. they came from the left, and 2. they were tied directly to regulation and more taxation from the beginning.

I regularly check the 10-day forcast, and that is about as far forward as i care about concerning "climate".

The weather is warmer now, and the global warming medianuts are coming out of the woodwork, but it's called "Spring"...not the end of mankind. I hate to see what they'll be wailing when "Summer" gets here.

These people watch too many "disaster" movies and seem to have a big desire for something to destroy mankind. I get a laugh out of the new TV series, "Life After Humans"...so nature takes back over in a big way and all of our worldly accomplishements crumble...wow. What did they think would happen?

The series ironically proves something, that contrary to what the environuts claim, nature will always rebound and survive, and there's not an SUV made that will stop that.
10 posted on 04/03/2010 8:21:10 AM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: P-Marlowe

“Save the Earth!.’’ “Warm it up!’’. Save water, shower with a friend! :-)


11 posted on 04/03/2010 8:25:04 AM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Paul Pierett
I knew it!

Global Cooling was caused by a U.F.O., (unidentified falling object!)

12 posted on 04/03/2010 8:33:11 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: Paul Pierett

Is there still a “Cardiff Man” display?


13 posted on 04/03/2010 9:01:51 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Paul Pierett
Just a few days ago, they had this mini-cool-down being caused by water flowing uphill.

Let's just stick to factual evidence and end all of this illogical speculation.

This material is actually getting published by Nature and the Royal Astronomical Society.

What caused the Younger Dryas event? Well, it happened more than 19 different times in the last ice age so it is probably just a natural feedback cycle. There is no need to invoke a miracle.


14 posted on 04/03/2010 2:22:36 PM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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To: KoRn
Thanks KoRn.
 
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15 posted on 04/03/2010 8:27:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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16 posted on 04/03/2010 8:27:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:
Flood, Fire, and Famine
in the History of Civilization

by Richard Firestone,
Allen West, and
Simon Warwick-Smith


17 posted on 04/03/2010 9:15:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: BOBTHENAILER

That was just what I was thinking! Great line!


18 posted on 04/04/2010 5:44:16 PM PDT by buffyt (Your children will live under communism. Were Nikita Krushchevs warnings prophetic?)
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To: Paul Pierett

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” Hillary Rodham Clinton 2003

JUST FOUND THIS TODAY, OFF TOPIC, YES
BUT I LOVE IT!


19 posted on 04/04/2010 5:50:25 PM PDT by buffyt (We should stand up & say we are Americans, we have a right to debate & disagree wi any admistration)
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To: Paul Pierett

bump


20 posted on 04/04/2010 5:51:37 PM PDT by buffyt (We should stand up, say we are Americans, we have a right to debate, disagree wi any admistration HC)
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To: buffyt

bump


21 posted on 04/04/2010 5:52:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Paul Pierett

Doesn’t it seem odd that comets can “shed” for thousands of years? Really - they must be making new material...


22 posted on 04/04/2010 5:52:44 PM PDT by GOPJ ((http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: Paul Pierett
A thousand-year freeze that began in 11,000 B.C. may have been caused by thousands of atomic-force chunks from a disintegrating comet, a British scientist said. The fragments, each hitting with the force of a 1-megaton nuclear bomb, triggered fires that covered whole continents and filled the atmosphere with smoke and soot that blotted out the sun, said Bill Napier, a professor at Cardiff University Astrobiology Center.

A better explanation is:
This was also at the same time of the gigantic zeta-pinch aurora that could have profoundly altered climate as well as have resulted in many of the same features (such as widespread burning and formation of nanodiamonds) as the comet-encounter that left no crater.

23 posted on 04/04/2010 5:54:28 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Paul Pierett

11,000 B.C. What a coincidence. That’s the year Helen Thomas started working for UPI.


24 posted on 04/04/2010 6:17:39 PM PDT by vamoose
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