Comment on Díaz-Martínez, E. (2005)

Comment on

Enrique Díaz-Martínez: Registro geológico de eventos de impacto meteorítico en España: revisión del conocimiento actual y perspectivas de future. [Geological record of meteorite impact events in Spain: review of current knowledge and future perspectives.] Journal of Iberian Geology 31 (1) 2005: 65-84



E. Díaz-Martínez, formerly at the Center of Astrobiology (Madrid) and now a geologist at the geological survey of Spain, has written a paper that is in part a pure repetition of the texts which he and other regional geologists vehemently battling against the Spanish impacts (e.g. M. Aurell, A. L. Cortés from the university of Zaragoza) have produced in the past (see the other titles of the Controversy menue). He presents the old assertions, distortions and confusions without any new ideas, new evidences, new proofs.

Instead, Díaz-Martínez suppresses and keeps absolutely quiet about recent publications on the Azuara and Rubielos de la Cérida multiple impact, e.g. the comprehensive paper

— Ernstson, K., Claudin, F., Schüssler, U. & Hradil, K. (2002). The mid-Tertiary Azuara and Rubielos de la Cérida paired impact structures (Spain). Treballs del Museu de Geologia de Barcelona. 11: 5-65,

and the articles

–Ernstson, K., Schüssler, U., Claudin, F. & Ernstson, T. (2003). An impact crater chain in northern Spain. Meteorite, 9, no 3, 35-39, and

— Claudin, F. & Ernstson, K. (2003). Geología planetaria y geología regional: El debate sobre un impacto múltiple en Aragón. Enseñanza de la Ciencias de la Tierra, 11.3, 202-212.

The article by Días-Martínez demonstrates once more his poor scientific approach and comprehension of science. Obviously and regrettably, the editor of the journal and the reviewers of the paper sympathize with this style of publication.

For a more comprehensive comment on the article (in Spanish) by Ferran Claudin please click here.