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1976 (Catastrophist Geology 1-2, p.57) After a banquet in ancient Greece, guests received some eatable or drinkable gifts, APOPHORETA - 'things to be carried off', to take home.On this page a column is published in which provocative hypotheses are presented.

I forbindelse med opkøbet af de 10 Fona butikker, har vi samtidigt også overtaget reklamationen på varer solgt i Fona. Har du købt en forsikring, kan du læse mere om, hvordan du skal forholde dig her.Hvis du skal have en vare til reparation, kan du henvende dig i et af Elgigantens varehuse nær dig, eller kontakte vores kundecenter på 70807070. Har du et gavekort til Fona, kan du læse mere om, hvordan du skal forholde dig her.From careful work on the snail faunas of the chalk sludge from one of these (the Devil's Kneading Trough in Kent) Dr Michael Kerney showed that the erosion must have happened in a very short time indeed.Within the sludge there is a clear black horizon, only an inch or so thick, which has now been recognised all over southern Britain.This was in 1976, the year when some God in his infinite goodness, most probably Poseidon, revealed the Martian Deluge to the uniformitarians, and then went to Mount Olympus, and sat down to have a good Homeric laugh.

In Ager's book I stumbled specially on one passage about a thin charcoal layer found in southern England and dating from the Alleroed interstadial of the last Ice Age - and I challenged Ager's interpretation of the layer.

It is more likely, however, that it represents a short period of dry climate when there were frequent brush fires.

The snail fauna suggests the same thing and enabled the bed to be correlated with the Alleroed oscillation of Denmark and northern Europe generally.

This fits all over Europe and correlated remarkably well with the Two Creeks horizon of the same kind around the Great Lakes in North America." Neither Emiliani et al nor Ager specify why they adopted a more conventional (uniformitarian) hypothesis in preference to a catastrophist one which assumes a very short episode of high temperature and a universal conflagration.

The fact that I stumble over such passages without looking for them makes me wonder whether many more possible indications of fiery conflagrations in the geological recent past are being explained away in the conventional literature? I think that the basic point I made in my 1975 paper in SCIENCE was not the behavior of Globorotalia inflata but the huge ice melting that took place about 11,600 years ago.

Ager's 1973 book The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record had been recommended to me by Ager himself (CG 1-1, p.4) and by Brouwer (CG 1-1, p.8), and I duely acquired a copy and read it.