Hello Viscount aero,
Thank you for another lengthy reply. I read all your suggested references and U-tube presentations and found them very enlightening.
This is one of the most fascinating topics as it directly ties the Earth into the vast cosmological conversation. You are providing fertile ground for discussion. I must reiterate that for all purposes establishment geology insofar as dating of rock strata by "superposition" has been proven false. Sedimentary layering and boundaries are not epochal from bottom to top. The stratification represents a singular event as demonstrated in the documentary film links I provided above (as well as described in the articles). If you have not yet viewed the YouTube installments I implore you do so as it will change your entire perspective and suddenly. They tested this in a lab. It is therefore repeatable and incontrovertible. This was evidenced, furthermore, via the lake to which the Mount St. Helens catastrophe suddenly displaced. Telltale geologic strata were formed in that event and very instantaneously. To your statements: "Hence, Earth may be the only celestial body in the solar system to have such strata that can reveal a timeline of catastrophies for the solar system."
Yes, I understand how strata locations may not reveal accurate ages. I saw the all the presented experiments. However, to see the sediments revealed by the Grand Canyon anyone must reflect on millions of years for these sediments to occur regardless as to whether certain sectors are younger under older sediments.
I think yes and no. Earth has fluvial action not apparent on other bodies' surfaces. Whether this reveals a "timeline" is exactly the debate as concepts of age or timeline cannot be determined. Epochs can be seen to have arisen and gone but at what time? That isn't known. Mass extinction events are clearly true as there is evidence. But the how and the when isn't actually known. These events may not have happened in deep geological time, but instead much more recently. The YouTube installments explain this very clearly. In other words, evidence for catastrophes exists. But a coherent timeline for them actually doesn't. The Earth is actually too dynamic for a timeline to remain steadfastly recorded. This is my view based on what I have learned.
Regardless of the recently discovered errors in the thinking of geologists, you certainly believe that certain types of timelines can be constructed such as periods of Glaciation, great extinction periods, sea level history, DNA history, the Younger Dryas Period, etc. The absolute values are not so important as the relative length of spans and order of various epochs and possible alignments of different timelines.
Again, are we looking at impacts? I think yes we are--in some cases. But clearly in other cases we are not, ergo, Hyperion (at Saturn). When you look at Hyperion and believe it is covered with impact craters, in light of the deep structures you can see going into the moon, then that belief entirely overlooks and ignores the moon's internal structure. Impactors could not have created Hyperion's surface appearance because these structures continue deep within the interior body.
I am not debating that many or most surface features were caused by electromagnetic phenomena; but, I certainly do not rule out impacts as another possibility.
Or Phobos (at Mars). There are myriad crater chains on that body (as well as on Earth's Moon and Mercury). How are these explained by errant impactors? These are more than likely made by electrical arcing events. But insofar as when--how can that be known? It cannot be. Surely some craters are old as they are half-buried under regolith (as is seen on Mars). Or are they? How long did it take the crater to become filled with dirt and when did the crater occur? Wind erosion could blow dust and silt into new craters and very rapidly. So where is the basis for an absolute timeline?
Thornhill has definitely convinced me of electrical arcing events occurring. But what caused these events? Are we talking about plasma emissions from the Sun, or close encounters, or galactic arcing at the crossing of its disk plane?
See above. And consider Mars again: Vallis Marineris. That is clearly a giant scar running across the face of the planet. That was created in a colossal event and probably all at once. It was excavated from the surface. That has nothing to do with crater dating methods. Even as the Martian southern hemisphere is higher above the baseline than the northern, as is festooned with craters (whereas the north isn't)--how can these craters be used as accurate dating markers? From what time do they represent? Clearly something removed them all from the northern hemisphere as well as trillions of cubic acres of geology. When? What?
When is not that important. But what caused this electric arcing is important. If there is not a weapon, body, or motive, then there is no crime.
You've suggested a lot in one paragraph. Plasma discharges tend to be formed in lighting or bolts, not sheets to my knowledge. There are also no such things as "field lines." Magnetic fields are a continuum, an envelope. The ionosphere or heliosheath is not composed of lines. These are bubble structures. Petrification may be a confluence of mineralogical/mechanical/fluvial processes with electrical. Life may continue to exist regardless of catastrophe but again there is evidence for mass extinction events, ie, a sudden disaster. The fossil record clearly shows this. These events, too, probably happen with "regularity" in terms of deep time. Yes life is extinguished yet it comes back and flourishes albeit in different forms. Life itself is endemic to Earth (including panspermia which also works in "reverse" whereby life leaves this planet and goes elsewhere) and will return regardless. That is my view
Petrification sounds like a possible lab experiment to learn about its cause. The field lines that I referenced are what cause a compass to align its needle on the Earth's surface. When currents of ions or electron enter our atmosphere at the poles they likely follow magnetic field lines through the Earth's surface conductor, the seas, unless you have a better idea.
Always a student,