& Geology (superwave theory)
is the first to show evidence that cosmic ray volleys released
from a galactic core outburst are able to travel radially outward
through a galaxy along straight-line trajectories at near light
2] He coined
the word superwave to describe this phenomenon, a superwave consisting
of cosmic ray electrons, protons, positrons, and electromagnetic
radiation of all wavelengths, also preceded at its forefront
by a gravity potential wave.[1, 2] The exposition and testing of
the superwave theory was the central subject of his 1983 Ph.D.
dissertation at Portland State University. This also involved
testing the hypothesis that one such superwave had passed through
the solar system at the end of the last ice age. An updated version
of his thesis is available in electronic form, and is entitled
Galactic Superwaves and their Impact on the Earth. He published a summary of the
idea in 1987 in Earth, Moon, and Planets, and his paper has been favorably cited.
superwave hypothesis found further support in later discoveries
demonstrating radial rectilinear propagation of cosmic rays in
the Galaxy (see Superwave Prediction No. 2) and press release.
Well known galaxy astronomer Roger Blandford publicly concurred
in LaViolette's interpretation of this confirmatory evidence.
proposal that superwaves recur about every 104
years found support through the later discovery of recurrent
beryllium-10 peaks in Antarctic polar ice (see Superwave Prediction No. 3). The
Be-10 data was shown by Liritzis and Grigori in 1998 to contain
significant periods at 5,400, 12,200, and 25,400 years which
fall in the range of the 104 year recurrence LaViolette had predicted.
further has proposed that several superwaves are currently on
their way toward Earth, unseen until their time of arrival, and
that it is highly probable that one will arrive in the next several
centuries.[1-3] In 1989 he directed a public
outreach project, funded by the Starburst Foundation, to inform
government and nongovernmental organizations about the EMP hazards
associated with the arrival of an intense gamma ray pulse expected
to accompany an impacting superwave (see starburstfound.org/GalacticCenter/Galactic4.html).
He contacted UN ambassadors, embassies of nuclear superpowers,
U.S. Security Council, U. S. Defense Nuclear Agency, NORAD, NATO,
House & Senate Armed Services Committees, international environmental
NGO's, and antinuclear coalitions. Starburst received complementary
responses from several high profile individuals contacted during
this project, including: the Special Assistant to the President
(U.S.) for National Security Affairs (letter),
Edward Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (letter),
Sir Crispin Tickell, United Kingdom Ambassador to the United
Wilbert Chagula Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Nations (letter).
1997, LaViolette published the book Earth
Under Fire, which was reprinted in 2005 by Bear &
Co. The book describes the superwave
phenomenon in terms understandable to the layman and includes
discussions of ancient myths and legends from all over the world
which could be records of a past superwave disaster. These
lore are not cited as support of the theory itself; they are
included only as supplementary information to provide a more
sociological dimension to the theory. The book has been very
well received. Since 1999 it has been required reading
in one course taught at Colgate University. A professional video
Under Fire was produced in 1997 based on the book and
was aired numerous times on television.