Since getting his Ph.D. in 1976, Peter Ward has published more than 140 scientific papers, and numerous books dealing with paleontological, zoological, and astronomical topics. During the first half, he discussed the state of the planet including the demise of the Great Barrier Reef, melting ice caps, and recent discoveries in the Mariana Trench, and Antarctica. It was surprising that in the deepest part of the ocean in the Mariana Trench, which goes down some six miles, traces of pesticides and chemicals have been found. Given that these chemicals are bio-reactive, he wonders if mutated creatures might be forming in these pristine waters.
Ward also detailed how flame retardant chemicals have been found in killer whales, as well as the breast milk of humans. The tiny symbiotic plants that live inside coral reefs appear to be dying out because of increased ocean temperatures, he cited. Envisioning what Earth might be like in 100 years, he suggested that sea levels will be about 6 ft. higher than they are now, and there will be a lot of expensive waterfront property that will no longer be usable. Storms will have much higher intensity and occur with more frequency, and "I think we're really going to need to have a much better civil defense system because tornadoes are going to increase in number and severity," he cautioned.
In the latter half, former airline pilot Dennis Stone, detailed the mystery of America's Stonehenge, odd stone ruins in Southern New Hampshire, on the 110-acre plot of land his father, Robert Stone, bought back in the 1950s. Some of the ruins serve a similar astronomical purpose as Stonehenge in the UK, and other megalithic sites in Europe, acting as a kind of calendar/clock, he explained. Formerly known as "Mystery Hill," the main site of America's Stonehenge is about one acre of stone ruins, which align with the horizon, and are open for public viewing.
There are around 800 possible stone ruins in the Northeast, and Stone said his family toured many of them when he was a child. Their site was looked at in the 1970s by dowsers, who found that the walls seem to sit on aquifers, and ley lines align with the summer solstice, he recalled. Famed ghost hunter Hans Holzer also visited the site in the 1970s, and actually directed an episode of In Search Of about the location. There have been different types of inscriptions or markings found on the site that have been identified as Phoenician, Bolivian, and Celtic, though their authenticity is uncertain, Stone conceded. One of the newer discoveries is that the walls off the main site have a peculiar serpentine-shape and run up to 100 ft. For more, view photos that Dennis shared with us.
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