Paul LaViolette and Galactic Superwaves

PAUL A. LaVIOLETTE, PH.D, is author of Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion, Subquantum Kinetics, Earth Under Fire, Genesis of the Cosmos, Decoding the Message of the Pulsars, Galactic Superwaves and their Impact on the Earth, and is editor of A Systems View of Man. He has also published many original papers in physics, astronomy, climatology, systems theory, and psychology. He received his BA in physics from Johns Hopkins, his MBA from the University of Chicago, and PhD from Portland State University and is currently president of the Starburst Foundation.

Galactic Superwaves

One key area of Starburst research is concerned with the investigation of Galactic superwaves, intense cosmic ray particle barrages that travel to us from the center of our Galaxy and that last for periods of up to a few thousand years.  Astronomical and geological evidence indicates that the last major superwave impacted our solar system around 12,000 to 16,000 years ago and produced abrupt changes of the Earth’s climate.  The land animal extinction episode which occurred during this interval was the worst in several million years.  It is estimated that approximately one or two superwaves strong enough to trigger an ice age are presently on their way to us from their birth place 23,000 light years away.  There is a finite chance that one such event could arrive within the next few decades.

Less intense superwaves, which recur with considerable frequency, could also pose a threat.  There is evidence that the Galactic Center has erupted as many as ten times in the past two millennia, the most recent event occurring about 700 years ago.  While these low intensity events could have passed unnoticed in earlier centuries, today they could be extremely hazardous.  The electromagnetic radiation pulse accompanying such a superwave would be far more intense than any gamma ray pulse we have experienced in modern times.  It could knock out electrical power grids and communication networks on a global scale and possibly even inadvertently trigger nuclear missile launchings. Consequently, study of this phenomenon deserves a very high priority.

Starburst researcher Dr. Paul LaViolette began alerting the scientific community to the existence of superwaves in 1983 through his published papers and scientific conference presentations (see paper archive).  He also raised the public awareness about the superwave phenomenon through his book Earth Under Fire as well as through various magazine articles.

Many aspects of Dr. LaViolette’s superwave theory have since been verified by various observations; see the following list of predictions and their subsequent verification.  The most recent are the findings announced by a group of scientists at the May 2007 American Geophysical Union conference. They report discovering high concentrations of extraterrestrial material at the Alleröd/Younger Dryas boundary that marks the final horizon in the extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna. They suggest that this debris was deposited by a large comet that either impacted the Earth or exploded in the atmosphere. Although they suggest that the comet was part of a supernova remnant shell that was passing through the solar system at that time, LaViolette shows that it is more likely that entry of this comet as well as associated meteors and cometary dust was triggered by the passage of a Galactic superwaveand that several other effects were involved as well such as the occurrence of giant solar flares.  A critique of the Firestone-West supernova comet theory and discussion of these recent verifications of the superwave theory is presented in the paper “The Cause of the Megafaunal Extinction: Supernova or Galactic Core Outburst?“.

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