No sun in Newgrange due to incinerator!??
The above title could be true if theory is close to reality, according
to Victor Reijs who is involved in the archaeocosmology aspects of megalithic
monuments. He has investigated the possibilities of cloud formation due
to the exhaust plumes of the planned incinerator Indaver near the Boyne
Valley. With certain wind speeds and relative humidities, clouds formed
due to the incinerator's exhaust could obstruct the sun light at sun rise
around winter solstice, thus decreasing the chances of having sun light
inside the Newgrange chamber.
As known, Indaver has gotten permission from Meath Country Council to
build an incinerator near the Boyne Valley. Looking from the Newgrange
chamber towards the rising sun around winter solstice, one can image that
clouds in that path can block the sun light coming into the chamber (this
path is some 2.5 km in south-westerly direction of the planned location
of the incinerator).
Clouds can always be present in the Irish climate (only 10% of the days
will have a clear horizon). But clouds formed by the plume coming from
the Indaver incinerator can increase the cloud formation even more, when
the wind direction, wind speed and humidity are unfavorable.
Victor Reijs has contacted many experts on subjects including plume
rise, atmospheric water concentration to cloud formation and this resulted
in his theory that more clouds could be formed due to this incinerator.
As with a lot of theoretical investigations, one needs to check this in
practice. It is a pity that no extensive models yet exist, so checking
the theory still has to be done. Hopefully not by building an incinerator
and just watch if it will happen or not!
Victor Reijs hopes that his work will convince experts in the plume
rise field to develop and run suitable models of incinerator visible plume
extent. Such work would prove whether the frightening headline suggested
above could be correct. We owe that to the unique national heritage we
have in Newgrange.
Every year on the first days in December the sister building of Newgrange,
Howe in Orkney, receives a light flash of some 2 minutes inside its
chamber as a warning of the coming winter solstice event. Perhaps this
can now be interpreted as a sisterly warning to investigate the behavior
in more detail of this incinerator near the Boyne Valley.
More information can be gotten from: http://www.iol.ie/~geniet/eng/indaver.htm
Victor Reijs, December 4th, 2001