I was amused to read the following article, and I'll let you read it first to see why, before I comment myself:

Natural Nuclear Blast on Mars

Yes, you read that right, a nuclear (well, technically, it would have to be thermonuclear) blast of one million megatons. That's the energy release equivalent of 1,000,000,000,000 - that's one quadrillion - tons, or 2,000,000,000,000,000 pounds, or two quintillion pounds, of TNT.

And all of this was natural according to Dr. John Brandenburg (whom this author has actually met). Well, of course it is. After all, our own sun puts out prodigious amounts of energy every second, and most of it from thermonuclear processes (note, I said most of it). Reading the article, one gets the usual "well this is interesting but there are other scientific models to explain it" response.

Make no mistake, there is evidence here on Earth that natural nuclear reactors formed and operated for a period of time long ago. But these are fission reactors and fission processes would be, to my mind, next to impossible to generate this amount of energy naturally. And fusion processes of this magnitude occurring naturally on a planet... well, that too, does not to my mind compute very easily.

If Brandenburg is correct, that all this is evidence of a gigantic thermonuclear explosion on the red planet aeons ago, then my bet is that it was the product both of technology and deliberate action, in short, it was the occurrence of an act of war.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. marcos anthony toledo on April 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I read that story too as well as the natural reactors Joseph Cambell the author of Who Goes There the bases for the two The Thing movies wrote a article about them thrity old years ago. As to a nuclear war in anicent times I have read of this happening here on Earth as well mainly in what now Pakistan Mojo Daro and Harappa seem to have been nuked and Trinity like sites found in the Gobi desert. As for a nuclear war on Mars that theme was used in the 1950’s science fiction film Rocketship XLM and by the way that film and Robert Heinlan’s short story Blow Do Happen would have prepared you for the two shuttle disasters by the way in the film at the end the chief of the space project goes ahead for the next launch on like NASA who drag out the investigations of both disasters.

  2. Christine on April 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    two things. firstly there are TWO places on opposite sides of Mars
    that are “hot spots” for these blasts. that might relate to some kind
    of electric arc cutting through the planet, a la Dr. Farrell and/or The
    Electric Universe.

    or, MAD (mutual assured destruction) two opponents went off on
    each other near simultaneously, who were positioned on opposite
    sides of the planet.

    secondly, note this:
    “Brandenburg said gamma ray spectrometry taken over the past few years shows spiking radiation from Xenon 129 — an increase also seen on Earth after a nuclear reaction or a nuclear meltdown, including the one at Chernobyl in 1986 and the disaster in Japan earlier this month.”

    in other words, this is RECENT. very recent. Now, maybe winds have
    uncovered long buried deposits from many years (not millenia) ago. I recall
    reading someone saw a bright flash on Mars whether in the late 1800s or
    mid 20th century I don’t remember.

    And maybe the background Xenon 129 that this spiking is beyond, was from
    whatever made those nuclear war indicators, and the new spiking is because
    of some more recent activity, maybe a nuclear reactor that melted down.

    Dr. Farrell, why thermonuclear? if the size is involved, MIRV-ing would
    deliver many warheads to one place adding up to such effect.

  3. jameske on April 8, 2011 at 6:07 am

    The article, written by a John Brandon (Brandenburg?) was published on 1st April. A prank.

  4. Bill on April 8, 2011 at 4:55 am

    “Well boys, I recon this is it! Noo-ku-lar combat, toe to toe with the Martians….” “….now let’s git this thing on the hump, we got some flyin’ to do!”

  5. UNSPEAKABLE on April 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Dr. Brandenberg said in a lecture from 2009 the nuclear blast on Mars was an airburst —It left no crater. Major radiation was left in one spot in the northern hemisphere (thorium detected) and on the exact opposite side of the planet (debris?), typical of a nuclear blast . He was convinced ( in this lecture) it was not natural–it was an act of “warfare” on a planet which had already suffered a enviro catastrophy earlier by a Chicxulub-style meteor strike.

    BTW: Highly suggest viewing :


    (the “mars structures” site has what looks like warefare evidence–ruined metropolises)

  6. bdw on April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    the “Electric Universe” folks have the best explanation for Mars, imho:


    See also a “Grand Canyon/Valles Marinaris” article here:


    Pretty persuasive, imho.

    Some videos (parts one and two)that are well worth a look:



    • shandor on April 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Sounds good but they see everything as a nail. I once wrote those guys asking about Hoagland and his Mars tidal model and the response was just like the typical scientific dogma they rail against. They have their brains shut off to everything that Joseph’s work covers. They seem to live in their own little box that is just as small as the orthodox box.

    • Lonell Slatton on April 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      The Electric Universe folks are right, but their work is better explained by
      Donald Wesley Patten ‘s theory in “Catastrophism and the Old Testament”. Patten believes that until about 700 BC Mars and Earth crossed orbits every 100 years or so, and depending on closeness, flux tubes of electricity struck both planets.
      Dr. Brandenburg has stated in recent interviews on Dark Matters Radio that he personally believes that the airburst were deliberate acts of murder and hints at the possibility of warfare in his latest book “Life and death on Mars.. A new Mars synthesis”. After reading Dr. Brandenburg’s and Mr. Farrell’s latest books I think that Brandenburg’s research validates Mr. Farrell’ s

  7. Mary Pishney on April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Interesting theory. Do you think it is worthy of further exploration, or could it be another black hole that leaves the seeker to a frustrating dead end? I have heard that you are having some books coming out, but Amazon says they are having trouble getting them…. :(. I’ve read ALL your books and am always
    anxious for your next editions!

  8. Jay on April 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Brandenburg, isn’t he the guy who published “Life and Death on Mars”? I found that very hard to finish or take too seriously–too contorted to avoid the evidence for weapons, and AUP publsihed him.

  9. James on April 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Would massive z-pinch on an inter- planetary scale perhaps also be a mode to trans mutate surface compounds on a large scale?
    Again Fusion can do many interesting things.
    Etiology of causative factor to create such effect is critical to understand.

  10. Christine on April 7, 2011 at 8:11 am

    “Another possibility is that the reaction occurred in mid-air and did not leave a crater ”
    how the hell do you get a natural reaction in the air? the Gabon thing IF it is
    the remains of a nuclear reaction in an overly rich uranium deposit, was if
    natural a slow burn, not an explosion.

    let’s see, its on Mars, and Mars does not, did not, have any intellligent life,
    so it has to be “natural.” what next, organic?

    • Justina on April 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      I mean like, “natural, organic, healthful nuclear explosions.”

  11. Dave Walton on April 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I wonder if Dr. John Brandenburg is under pressure to explain it away in this fashion? Could it affect his academic grants or position if he dared to venture an alternative opinion? Or are we hearing the faint rumblings of a convergence between mainstream and alternative scientific theory/evidence… a type of controlled release? In any case an interesting read!

    • Joseph P. Farrell on April 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

      An interesting idea about the convergence! I think that is quite plausible

    • Spirit Splice on April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

      If people are going to tip toe around, forever whispering vague maybes through loose insinuation we are never going to get anywhere. If you aren’t going to come out and say it plainly, why bother saying anything. Too much fear in this world.

    • Chris S on April 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      On his most recent appearance on The Paracast, Brandenburg does come out and say he’s sure the blast could not have been natural, but that he refrains from “showing his cards” in all circumstances so that he can be heard.

  12. Spirit Splice on April 7, 2011 at 7:29 am

    This is obvious to me and why your author friend is either dumb or lying. If he is trying to get the evidence recognized without its implications being noticed until it is too late, it doesnt seem to be working.

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