A Record Of
Planetary Catastrophe
By Michael Goodspeed

Many individuals in the Thunderbolts group contend that our planet's sky once looked vastly different than it does today. The Earth moved in a more dynamic electrical environment in close interaction with other celestial bodies, including our neighboring planets.
If the celestial events suggested in these pages did indeed occur, they would have left undeniable physical imprints.
In fact, imprints of the events are visible in many layers of geologic data. From pole to pole on Earth (and on every rocky body in space), we see the scars left by electric discharge machining (EDM) -- an effect of electrical arcing when charged bodies interact. We see surfaces torn by channels that meet every test of electric discharge and defy all orthodox interpretations. We see giant, circular craters with layered terraces, concentric rings and shallow flat floors, common traits of electrically excavated surfaces, but not typical of impact cratering. We see concretions -- spheroidal masses usually occurring in sedimentary strata -- including Moqui balls, geodes, thunder eggs, even concretions as large as ten feet in diameter. These spherical formations lie somewhere between "difficult" and "impossible" to explain in conventional geologic terms ("mineral leakage" being the currently most fashionable), but many features would be expected of electric discharge. As enumerated several times on these pages, lighting and its many variations in laboratory experiments produce spherules. Plasma physicist CJ Ransom replicated the small spherules or "blueberries" seen on Mars through a simple electric discharge experiment.
We also see evidence that just a few thousand years ago, there was a sudden, dramatic shift in Earth's global climate.
A recent study published in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found evidence of an abrupt climate shift on Earth about 5,000 years ago -- the most dramatic evidence being the discovery of unfossilized wetland plants around the margin of the Quelccaya ice cap. This same study found indicators of a shift to a warmer climate in the last 50 years. While most media have reported this story only in the context of global warming concerns, for catastrophists and proponents of the Electric Universe, this is another piece of the puzzle that is Earth's (and the solar system's) recent catastrophic history.
This is not the first time scientists have found evidence of a dramatic, recent climate shift on Earth. In the summer of 2004, the North Greenland Ice Core Project cut all the way through the ice (over 10,000 feet deep) and brought up a sample of soil from the surface of Greenland. A bit of "organic matter" described as "plant material" was embedded in a four-inch diameter sample of Greenland "muck." The press release on the project stated, "The presence of plant material under the ice indicates that the Greenland ice sheet formed relatively fast, as a slowly growing glacier would have flushed or pushed these light particles away."
Scientists constructed a history of climate changes in Greenland over the last 40,000 years. According to one geology text, the Ice Cores indicate "the normal pattern of change involves numerous rapid fluctuations in temperature -- not only during glacial periods, but throughout interglacial periods as well. The stable warm climate of the present interglacial period is distinctly abnormal."
A planetary catastrophist might state this differently: "The stable warm climate of today represents the present stable solar system. It is the wild fluctuations of the past that are distinctly abnormal."
Going back just a bit farther (geologically speaking), the ice cores "run out." There is no more ice. The Antarctic ice is a bit deeper than the Greenland ice, but it, too "runs out." Before this, there is no evidence of glaciers anywhere on Earth. Standard Ice Age theory places the beginning of the Ice Ages about 2 million years ago (so far, the ice cores have drilled through 123 thousand layers in Greenland; 174 thousand layers in Antarctica.) And geology books point out that glaciation has been a rare event in Earth's history. The last episode (earlier than our very recent Ice Ages) happened before the first dinosaurs were born. Over 200 million years of Earth's prehistory passed without glaciers.
The Greenland Ice Cores emphasize what we are learning in other fields of geology: the very recent past is not a story of incremental change. The Ice Cap began suddenly, perhaps engulfing a thriving temperate forest and all of its inhabitants. Its deepest layers record sudden large temperature changes, some much colder than today, others much warmer. Then, at about ten thousand layers before the present, something happened that stabilized the climate. What could that something have been?
The "mystery tale" of Earth's recent catastrophic past is not such a mystery, given the abundance of clues. The data are multi-tiered and interdisciplinary. Even human testimony reveals essential details, because human beings meticulously recorded in their myth and folklore awe-inspiring events that changed the world and altered the heavens. These stories come from widely separated cultures, yet they are remarkably similar: heroes battling dragons, gods and goddesses casting fire and stone, a great deluge of water and flame from the sky. Plasma discharge events in the sky were recorded in ancient rock art and cave paintings on different continents around the world. Ancient humans speak of celestial warfare and global cataclysm. And month by month the common details in their stories find new support in scientific discoveries on Earth and in space.



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