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“Fire from the Sky” Expedition Update ☄

Dear Friends and Supporters of Comet Research Group,

Thank each and every one of you for your support for and interest in our research. I am writing to update you with regard to the activities of the Comet Research Group and share our plans for the near and mid-term future. The update is being shared with the nearly one thousand supporters of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, our 1000 friends on Facebook, and visitors to our website.

Despite falling short of our target fundraising goal, we consider the $35,000 raised between November 14 and January 14 an enormous success. We will be able to significantly subsidize two of our three planned #killercomet expeditions, and a third is proceeding as planned at our own expense.

The funded trips will be the “Ice Diamonds” and “Sunken Crater” expeditions. Planning and logistics are well underway for getting to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland in late June and returning with 200 gallons of melted ice water from Greenland Ice Cap. As for North America, the CRG is evaluating options for a crater hunt which may include a detour to North Dakota — so stay tuned there..

But first up – this week and the following week – is the “Fire from the Sky” Expedition to Tall el-Hammam in the Jordan Valley. CRG scientists Phil Silvia and Malcolm LeCompte will be collecting and sharing field data related to the hypothesis that an ancient catastrophe — recorded in the Bible as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah – was actually an airburst of a #killercomet. These two team members will be part of larger group excavating an ancient settlement at the foot of Mount Nebo directly across from Jericho on the east bank of the Jordan river.

Over the next two weeks I will be posting video and photo updates of the Jordan field work to the CRG Facebook page, along with direct dig reports from Director. If you are one of the crowdfund donors (thanks!), we encourage you to also bookmark the Facebook page which is open to the public.

Shortly after Drs. LeCompte and Silvia return, we will notify everyone of a date and time for the “Ask the Scientist” session, as promised in the campaign, and with exclusive access for some donors.

I am so pleased we are touch with all of you. Only months ago our “community” consisted of fifty or so scientists keeping in touch by email, as we researched an obscure and controversial subject. It was really kind of lonely.

But now, as a result of the crowdfunding effort, and its collateral social media, 2000 interested citizen scientists like you have joined us. But a plea for patience: Unlike everyone under 40, we are new to social media. Our communications might not have the social polish and frequency of other internet driven communities. So stick with us as we develop the cheap and easy methods to plug you in – and be confident our research, which you are assisting, is progressing smoothly in any case.

George Howard

  • Doctor Moebius

    Count me in. If you do the North Dakota trip, and need volunteers, let me know!

  • JohnPatrickHill

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwiMkF-dE52eUU9mTUJLVXB1Yms/view?usp=sharing Link to a new find on the Younger Dryas Impact. Tells that the people who created Stonehenge and the Giza Pyramids actually did so to note the Younger Dryas Impact. One reason for such. There is a connect to the Barringer Impact, and this was found by using geomancy. I’ve posted to the group’s FB page as well. JPH

  • Jay Mihalevich

    I would like to volunteer if you need help in 2018. Thanks

  • ProfessorAnderson

    There is a forgotten recent impact event of extraordinary interest in Northern China (Inner Mongolia) which I postulate may well have caused or contributed to the Younger Dryas cooling. I have come to this conclusion obliquely through collecting Hongshan carvings in nephrite jade, agate, and finally an extraordinary natural silica glass the Chinese call Shui Jing. (See ‘Hongshan Jade Treasures, The art, iconography and authentication of carvings from China’s finest Neolithic Culture, ISBN 9788862442152). Most of the collection was bought on Ebay, and all ‘experts’ define it as fake. However Shui Jing turns out to be a natural silica glass with a melting temperature in excess of 1600C, that is similar to, but much more interesting than, Libyan Desert Glass. At the moment of impact, some silica was ejected sideways forming balls of gaseous and liquid silica. The ejected spheres were up to 1 m in diameter, and picked up impact ejecta, as well as on landing being covered with surface melt. This was later mined and carved by expert Hongshan carvers using impact diamond ‘magic sand’ abrasive. It is undoubtedly still being mined, probably in the district of Tong Liao in Inner Mongolia. I believe it is of great scientific interest and importance to locate this mine or mines, which will point back to the impact site which may be hundreds of kilometers away, and so help test this hypothesis.

    My suspicion for the impact site is the Twin Craters found at 114.14 E, 44.14N (see Google Earth), on the edge of the Abag Qi volcanic field. For more on this glass, and my hypothesis as to the site and nature of the impactor (a dumbell-shaped bolide measuring 250 X 600 metres), please view my 2016 lecture on Youtube (in three parts of 15 minutes each, and traceable by entering ‘Youtube David Anderson China’s Unique Natural Glass’). In this I also develop a possible model, in which secondary volcanism following the impact in and around the craters is postulated. I have personally undertaken expeditions to the craters in 2010 and 2011, and to try to find the glass mines, (but without success), in 2014 and 2015. There is little more I can do without Chinese interest and expert help. If any CRG members have relevant contacts in China please, having looked at this presentation, contact me by Email on [email protected].

    David C Anderson,
    Retired physician and Endocrinologist, and former Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, University of Manchester and The Chinese University of Hong Kong