Saturday, June 10, 2006

Mrs. Linklater's Science Class

A geologist using satellite data found a massive crater in Antarctica.
Ohio State University, AP
A geologist using satellite data found a massive crater in Antarctica. The location of the crater, hidden more than a mile beneath the ice, is circled in this image.

A big thank you to AOL for posting this detailed map today. Somebody knows how to color between the lines.

Mrs. Linklater never ceases to be amazed at the number of  scientists who come up with theories about stuff that they say happened 100 million years ago during the good old days of say, the permian-triassic era in places nobody can get to, like Antarctica.

These theories are particularly intriguing when whatever it is the geologists think they have found to prove this theory is buried under an icepack about a mile thick.  Like you can disagree with them.

It's even more amazing when they use satellite technology to help provide evidence. As if an infra red camera up in the sky, make that WAY up in the sky, can help clarify a hole in the ground more than 5000 feet under the ice. Did I mention the ice? Of course, that's never stopped the beaker geeks from theorizing before.

Mrs. L doesn't know about you, but her red flag was starting to wave when they had to circle the area for you.

Before finding the location on the map provided, a process which was hampered by the use of a yellow circle to point out the area which was also yellow, Mrs. L had already found another spot that looked even more likely than the one the scientists have suggested as ground zero. You can even see it with your naked eye -- that tear drop thing near the bottom. 

Call her naive, but given the likelihood that the yellow spot inside the helpful circle is indeed a crater made by an asteroid 100 million years ago, Mrs. Linklater feels compelled to offer her own thoughts on the subject.

After all, she, unlike many, is embracing the possibilities of global warming, given her latest arthritis issues.

This recent report has her worried that some rock doc has been starring too hard at his computer screen and is starting to see things.

Because, she theorizes, that area could also be a thumbprint of a very large person and we are just the germs in the scab of a pimple on its face.

All that stuff we call magma inside the earth may just be the zit juice of a giant. And what we consider millions of years may be a nano second in real time. Put that on your Bunson burner and heat it.

Given the size and number of species which were allegedly extinctified by the supposed impact of the reported asteroid which hit the earth so long ago that there was no FOX NEWS or Geraldo to investgate, Mrs. Linklater thinks a huge shit storm is not beyond the realm of possibility either.

In any case, we should take it all with a grain of salt.


ksquester said...

OK, a grain of salt, a little lime with a shot of Cuervo Gold and the "I don't give a shit" thinking begins.    Anne  

swibirun said...

I hate astroids.  All that burning and itching.....and its approriately on the earth's ass.


mombzbe said...

It's "The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!" technique.

Get their attention, have a dramatic flair, get your research funded for next year.