The Lakes of Mars

Guest “Let’s light this candle! Part Deux” by David Middleton NEWS 28 SEPTEMBER 2020Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientistsResearchers have detected a group of lakes hidden under the red planet’s icy surface.Jonathan O’Callaghan Two years ago, planetary scientists reported the discovery of a large saltwater lake under the ice at Mars’s…

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Earth’s Water May Have Come From… Earth

Guest “full circle” by David Middleton Way back in the Pleistocene, when I was a young geology student with hair, we were taught that the most likely source of Earth’s water was volcanic out-gassing. The water that fills our oceans, enables plate tectonics and made life possible, was thought to have originated inside the Earth…

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Snowball Mars?

Guest “have rock hammer, will travel” by David Middleton Early Mars was covered in ice sheets, not flowing rivers SCIENCE, HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY Aug 3, 2020    |   For more information, contact Sachintha Wickramasinghe A large number of the valley networks scarring Mars’s surface were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not by free-flowing rivers as previously…

“Who Needs Geoscientists?” – Ask a stupid question…

Guest “who needs PhD’s?” by David Middleton Mrs. Middleton sent me this little gem… Who Needs Geoscientists?Mike Simmons, Andy Davies, Andy W. Hill and Mike StephensonThe evolving role of geoscience through the energy transition.This article appeared in Vol. 17, No. 3 – 2020 Who Needs Geoscientists? At the time of writing, the world is enduring…

Forget Sea Level Rise: Ocean Deepening Is Here!

Guest “truth is stranger than friction” by David Middleton Alternate Title: The Cretaceous Sea Level Paradox Oceans are at their deepest in 250 million yearsAnd they have hardly been deeper in the last 400 million years than now. Lasse BiørnstadJOURNALISTPUBLISHED Monday 08. june 2020 – 12:24“It moves absurdly slowly,” says Krister Karlsen. He is a…

Stromatolites on Mars?

Guest “geological story telling” by David Middleton The Case for Past Life on Mars Gets StrongerBut how much evidence is needed until we can say there’s proof? By Dirk Schulze-MakuchAIRSPACEMAG.COMAPRIL 13, 2020 In a new paper published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, Vincenzo Rizzo from the National Research Center in Cosenza, Italy, asks a provocative question: Why…

Montney Python’s Frac’ing Circus

Guest geology by David Middleton In a recent post of mine (ExxonMobil & Chevron Eviscerate Democrat Frac’ing Ban Fantasies) I made this passing comment: There is no evidence whatsoever that frac’ing has ever polluted groundwater or triggered palpable earthquakes.  Regarding my earthquake comment, I was referring to specific attribution, not generalized correlations. One very polite commentator from British…