[meteorite-list] Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth; Tektite Events May Have Triggered Extinctions
From: Darryl S. Futrell <futrelds_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:44:42 2004
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>
To: Meteorite Mailing List <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Friday, March 23, 2001 11:14 AM
Subject: [meteorite-list] Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth;
Tektite Events May Have Triggered Extinctions
There is one important correction I'd like to make about that ENN article.
I don't recall ever publishing any statement about that Apollo 12 rock
(however, O'Keefe and Chapman did have a lot to say about it). And, I have
never mentioned that Apollo 14 rock (a glass bead), originally written up by
Bill Glass and J. A. O'Keefe, in any of my publications or statements. This
is because the original analysis of the bead turned out to be defective.
Bill Glass later published a retraction. My interest in the Apollo rocks is
mainly in the small high-silica glass beads and chips found in the soils.
Bill Glass is the only researcher I know of who ever looked for any. He
concluded that a number of them were probably volcanic.
>Vector Science News Release
>Thursday, March 22, 2001
>Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth; Tektite Events May Have
>The Moon is not the geologically dead world that most astronomy textbooks
>claim, says Darryl S. Futrell, a California-based petrologist. Futrell
>believes there's strong evidence of massive, lunar-volcanic explosions
>here on Earth. The most recent eruption on the Moon, which showered a
>portion of the Earth with many tons of natural glass, occurred within the
>past 770,000 years, he notes.
>Futrell, who has written about his studies of meteoritic stones called
>tektites in the journal Nature, says he has amassed evidence that strongly
>suggests these natural glass stones are volcanic material blown off the
>by eruptions. Futrell studied the long-debated tektite origin puzzle under
>the guidance of the famous Project Apollo lunar scientist John A. O'Keefe
>(1916-2000) beginning in the late 1960s; like his famous mentor, Futrell is
>convinced that the Moon periodically hurls volcanic debris into Earth's
>gravity well causing climate change and extinctions.
>"The Earth has experienced about 12 tektite events in the last 65 million
>years," Futrell says. "Even though another event may not occur for
>of years, the slight possibility that it could occur tomorrow needs to be
>taken into consideration."
>Futrell refutes the popular theory that tektites were formed when asteroids
>or comets impacted Earth and melted sediments and rocks. He has identified
>volcanic structures within chunky, layered tektites (called Muong Nong
>tektites), which cannot be explained in the context of terrestrial
>impact-melt origin. According to Futrell, based on other physical evidence,
>including the fact that Apollo 12 and 14 astronauts found rocks with
>tektite-like chemistries on the lunar surface, it's now easy to conclude
>tektites come from the Moon.
>"There is an another extremely important reason why the scientific
>should take a closer look at the origin of tektites," he says. "If the
>massive biological extinctions do have a tektite association, and tektites
>are formed within the Moon, then we should be watching our natural
>for signs of explosive volcanic activity."
>For more information: Darryl S. Futrell, 6222 Haviland, Whittier, CA
>For more information, contact:
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