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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Article: Discovery of probably Tunguska meteorites at the bottom of Khushmo river's shoal

Article: Discovery of probably Tunguska meteorites at the bottom of Khushmo river's shoal

In "Re: [meteorite-list] Article: Discovery of probably
Tunguska meteorites at the bottom of Khushmo river's shoal." at:
http://www.mail-archive.com/meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com/msg112777.html
Robert wrote:

" http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1304/1304.8070.pdf

Discovery of probably Tunguska meteorites at the
bottom of Khushmo river's shoal (by) Andrei E. Zlobin
Vernadsky State Geological Museum, Russian Academy
of Sciences, Mokhovaya 11/11, 125009, Moscow,
Russian Federation

I am stunned.
>From the Vernadsky State Geological Museum,
Russian Academy of Sciences!!
The "shatter-cones" appear to be aragonite crystals.
The samples are all m-wrongs.
This paper would never pass the peer-review of Club-Space-Rock,
how did it get past the Cornell University Library?
http://arxiv.org/help/endorsement
How did this ever get published?"

If a person looks at the endorsemen web page at
http://arxiv.org/help/endorsement , it specifically
states:

"The endorsement process is not peer review."

Thus, the articles posted to arXiv are not peer-reviewed.

Over the years, I have noticed that the arXiv endorsement
system, although it allows "publication" of articles at a much
lower cost than conventional peer-reviewed journals, also
allows some rather questionable material to at times to be
"published" on arXiv. This material includes catastrophist
pseudoscience such as "Tails of a Recent Comet" by Milton
Zysman and Frank Wallace at http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.0416
and long discredited and scientifically illiterate nonsense
about a "pole shift" causing the end of the last glacial as in
"On the change of latitude of Arctic East Siberia at the end
of the Pleistocene" by W. Woelfli and W. Baltensperger at
http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.2489?context=physics.geo-ph

A person has to take a critical look at what appears on
arxiv.org and not accept it at face value. It appears the
arXiv Blog simply repeats what the article is about
without making a critical examination of the article's
content. It is largely an Internet version of a press
release and should be viewed with the same skepticism
and critical eye as any press release.

Comments about another arXiv reprint can be found
in "Meteorite crater found on mount Ararat?" at:

http://www.mail-archive.com/meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com/msg94574.html

The article is:

Yours,
Paul H.