History of "Nuteeriat"

NUTEERIAT (Nut Trees, the Expanding Earth, Rottnest Island, and All That ...) originated as book written and published in 1989. The title page stated that it was published by Cornucopia Press for the "Planetary Development Group, Tree Crops Centre".

The book achieved quite a lot of recognition around the world as a readable explanation of how the Earth had greatly expanded in its geological past, and contained a new proof of this based on the distributions of nut trees and other plants.

The book also contained a number of new suggestions on aspects of the Earth's history and present condition, such as that the planet's atmosphere was very much denser in the past and had a quite different composition. This, and other fundamental suggestions made, are only now coming into general recognition, 25 years later.

Fifteen years after the book publication, in 2004, the machine-readable text of the book was used to put up an Online edition of the work on the World Wide Web. This consisted of PDF versions of 20-page sections (10 double-page 'openings') of the book, essentially images of the printed version. In addition, a PDF was offered of the whole book, and a number of chapters were converted to HTML versions.

The Online Edition on the Web recorded that it was published for the "Ben Franklin Centre for Theoretical Research", by Cornucopia Press.

The html versions were able to incorporate counters to record the number of times used, and some of them, such as "The Origin of Volcanoes", have clocked up many thousands of uses.

Finally, in 2014, the opportunity has been taken to rework the whole book into a suite of web articles, to offer easy access to all the ideas and new insights contained in the original. Each of the original chapters has been reborn as an individual web article, with a new NUSite Home Page, equivalent to the book's Contents List, Here.

In the re-working of the original book into the present suite of articles, no substantive changes have been made. Changes to linkages and chapter headings have been limited to those needed for the new presentation format.

However, Comment facilities have now been included with each article to allow readers to make their own comments on the articles, with these comments available for others to read.

In the future, it is intended that a "25-year Review" will be added to each article, examining how the contents have held up in the light of scientific and social advances, with links to modern work stemming from or relevant to each article.

You can access the articles at the NUSite home page, with the Postscript in the book included as a separate article.

The Foreword of the original book is appended below in the same format as the present articles. Those interested in the cover artwork and typographical work of the book can find them Here.

I hope that this new presentation of "Nuteeriat" will prove to be a convenient source for all interested in the true history and status of our planet.

-- David Noel, 2014.


The purest gems lie hidden in the bottom of the ocean or in the depths of rocks. One has to dive into the ocean or delve into the rocks to find them out. Similarly, truth lies concealed in the language, which with the passage of time has become obsolete.
-- Motilal Banarsidass

It must be a rare event for material which may be of fundamental importance to geologists to have its first public airing at a conference of nutgrowers. But that was the case with the basic material presented in this book; it was the subject of a paper I gave at the 3rd Australasian Conference on Tree and Nut Crops, held in May 1986 in Auckland, New Zealand.

That paper, and this book, both contain two seemingly bizarre assertions. The first is that the Earth has, in the geological past, expanded like a blown-up balloon. It is shown that the present continents once covered the whole surface of the Earth; these have split apart under the expansion, and are now widely separated.

The second assertion is that the first assertion can be proved by a study of nut trees. Bizarre as that may seem, read on, gentle reader, and judge on the evidence presented. No doubt these two assertions are a mighty bite to take in. When I go on the third assertion, that fundamental knowledge on the origin of life, the evolution of man, and the structure and cosmology of the universe can stem from the same studies, ....!

As in most of man's intellectual advances, much of what I present here is based on the work of others, extending back into the distant past. One pivot of the present argument is based on a study of plant distributions, and that is a subject which has had many distinguished contributors active in it, going back over at least two centuries. Indeed, this study could be claimed to have its roots in comments made by the ancient Greeks, so perhaps twenty centuries is closer.

The study of the Earth is at least as ancient. However, it is true that these topics have had their most active development in the recent past. Even this active phase is not so very modern, however; we shall see that it extends back to well over a century ago. To reach high, we all must need stand upon the shoulders of giants of the past.

So, turn the page, and start the journey along a road of propositions. Go armed with a critical and perceptive view, but be ready to accept the logic of evidence and the evidence of logic. Good travelling!

-- David Noel, 1989.

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Version 3.0, on Web 2014 Oct 9