How did rock layers bend without breaking? (Flood evidence 6)

How did rock layers bend without breaking? (Flood evidence 6)


Friday, December 06, 2013

ROCK LAYERS FOLDED, NOT FRACTURED
Flood Evidence Number Six
by Andrew A. Snelling
March 15, 2009

How could a series of sedimentary layers fold without fracturing? The only way is for all the sedimentary layers to be laid down in rapid succession and then be folded while still soft and pliable.

If the global Flood, as described in Genesis 7–8, really occurred, what evidence would we expect to find? Wouldn’t we expect to find rock layers all over the earth that are filled with billions of dead animals and plants that were rapidly buried and fossilized in sand, mud, and lime? Yes, and that’s exactly what we find.

This article concludes a series on the six main geologic evidences that testify to the Genesis Flood.

The fossil-bearing geologic record consists of tens of thousands of feet of sedimentary layers, though not all these layers are found everywhere around the globe, and their thickness varies from place to place. At most locations only a small portion is available to view, such as about 4,500 feet (1371 m) of strata in the walls of the Grand Canyon.

Uniformitarian (long-age) geologists believe that these sedimentary layers were deposited and deformed over the past 500 million years. If it really did take millions of years, then individual sediment layers would have been deposited slowly and the sequences would have been laid down sporadically. In contrast, if the global cataclysmic Genesis Flood deposited all these strata in a little more than a year, then the individual layers would have been deposited in rapid succession, one on top of the other.

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Geologic layers don’t show millions of years (Flood evidence 5)

Geologic layers don’t show millions of years (Flood evidence 5)


Thursday, December 05, 2013

No Slow and Gradual Erosion

Flood Evidence Number Five

by Andrew A. Snelling
November 12, 2008

Today we see the effects of weathering and erosion all around us. But where is the evidence of millions of years between rock layers? There is none.

If the violent global Flood, described in the astonishing narrative of Genesis 7-8, really occurred, what evidence would we expect to find? Wouldn’t we expect to find rock layers all over the earth that are filled with billions of dead animals and plants that were rapidly buried and fossilized in sand, mud, and lime? Yes, and that’s exactly what we find.

This article covers the fifth of six main geologic evidences that testify to the Genesis Flood. We’ll look more closely at a feature that is often overlooked—the boundaries between rock layers. What should they look like, if laid down during a single, global Flood?

The dominant view today is that slow and gradual (uniformitarian) processes, similar to the processes we observe in the present, explain the thick, fossil-bearing sedimentary rock layers all over the earth. These slow geologic processes would require hundreds of millions of years to deposit all the successive sediment layers. Furthermore, this popular view holds that slow weathering and erosion gradually wore away the earth’s surface to produce its relief features, such as hills and valleys.

This view has a problem, however. If the fossil-bearing layers took hundreds of millions of years to accumulate, then we would expect to find many examples of weathering and erosion after successive layers were deposited. The boundaries between many sedimentary strata should be broken by lots of topographic relief with weathered surfaces. After all, shouldn’t millions of years worth of weathering and erosion follow each deposition?

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10,000 mi³ of sand deposited by Flood (Flood evidence 4)

10,000 mi³ of sand deposited by Flood (Flood evidence 4)


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Sand Transported Cross Country

Flood Evidence Number Four
by Andrew A. Snelling
August 25, 2008

We find layers of thick sandstone around the earth. Where did the sand come from? Evidence indicates it was carried across entire continents by water circling the globe.

gemsGenesis 7 says that all the high hills and the mountains were covered by water, and all air-breathing life on the land was swept away and perished. After reading this passage, wouldn’t we expect to find rock layers all over the earth filled with billions of dead animals and plants that were rapidly buried and fossilized in sand, mud, and lime? Yes, and that’s exactly what we find.

Sediment Transported Long Distances

In previous articles we have already seen the evidence that rapidly deposited sediment layers containing rapidly buried plant and animal fossils are found spread across vast areas, often high above sea level. No known slow-and-gradual geologic processes in the present world are currently producing such fossiliferous sediment layers spread across continents. Though evolutionary geologists are loath to admit it, only a global flood in which the ocean waters flooded over the continents could have done this.

Now it logically follows that, when the Flood waters swept over the continents and rapidly deposited sediment layers across vast areas, these sediments had to have been transported long distances. In other words, the sediments in the strata had to come from distant sources. And that’s exactly the evidence we find.

For example, in the previous issue we discussed the Coconino Sandstone, seen spectacularly in the walls of the Grand Canyon (Figure 1). It has an average thickness of 315 feet (96 m), covers an area of at least 200,000 square miles (518,000 km2), and thus contains at least 10,000 cubic miles (41,700 km3) of sand.1 Where did this sand come from, and how do we know?

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Transcontinental Rock Layers (Flood evidence 3)

Transcontinental Rock Layers (Flood evidence 3)


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

TRANSCONTINENTAL ROCK LAYERS
Flood Evidence Number Three

by Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG-U.S.
May 7, 2008

Every continent contains layers of sedimentary rocks that span vast areas. Many of these layers can even be traced across continents.

What evidence do we have that the Genesis Flood, as described in Genesis 7–8, really occurred? This article is the next installment in a series of the six main geologic evidences that testify to the Genesis Flood (listed to the right).

Genesis 7 explains that water covered all the high hills and the mountains, and that all air-breathing life on the land was swept away and perished. As part of the evidence of the Flood, we would expect to find rock layers all over the earth filled with billions of dead animals and plants that were rapidly buried and fossilized in sand, mud, and lime. And that’s exactly what we find.

Rapidly Deposited Sediment Layers Spread Across Vast Areas

On every continent are found layers of sedimentary rocks over vast areas. Many of these sediment layers can be traced all the way across continents, and even between continents. Furthermore, when geologists look closely at these rocks, they find evidence that the sediments were deposited rapidly.

Consider the sedimentary rock layers exposed in the walls of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona (Figure 2). This sequence of layers is not unique to that region of the USA. For more than 50 years geologists have recognized that these strata belong to six mega-sequences (very thick, distinctive sequences of sedimentary rock layers) that can be traced right across North America.1

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Rapidly buried fossils (Flood evidence 2)

Rapidly buried fossils (Flood evidence 2)


Monday, December 02, 2013

THE WORLD’S A GRAVEYARD
Flood Evidence Number Two

by Andrew A. Snelling
February 12, 2008

Fossil graveyards found in rock layers around the world are evidence of the global Flood.

If the Genesis Flood, as described in Genesis 7 and Genesis 8, really occurred, what evidence would we expect to find? The first article in this series overviewed the six main geologic evidences that testify to the Genesis Flood, while the second article discussed evidence number one (see the list below). Now let’s take a closer look at evidence number two.

After noting in Genesis 7 that all the high hills and the mountains were covered by water and all air-breathing life on the land was swept away and perished, it should be obvious what evidence we would expect to find.

Wouldn’t we expect to find rock layers all over the earth filled with billions of dead animals and plants that were buried rapidly and fossilized in sand, mud, and lime? Of course, and that’s exactly what we find. Furthermore, even though the catastrophic geologic activity of the Flood would have waned in the immediate post-Flood period, ongoing mini-catastrophes would still have produced localized fossil deposits.

Graveyards Around the World

Countless billions of plant and animal fossils are found in extensive “graveyards” where they had to be buried rapidly on a massive scale. Often the fine details of the creatures are exquisitely preserved.

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