From time to time, new research results give additional insight into the Biblical flood. In fact, for one who understands the Biblical flood, many current discoveries are easy to understand. For example, a recent article in Science “calls for critical reappraisal of all mudstones previously interpreted as having been continuously deposited under still waters”.1 Because mud sediments are “the dominant sediment type on earth”, this reappraisal has tremendous implications for our understanding of the entire geological column.
This article concerns fine-grained sedimentary rocks. “It is commonly assumed… that fine-grained sediment was delivered more or less continuously from buoyant plumes produced by storms and river floods… or turbidity currents before setting out of suspension as individual grains in still waters. This paradigm… is, however, at odds with observations in modern oceans and lakes …”. Now it appears that such sediments were deposited “under much higher current velocities than previously assumed.” Also, the sediment layers, although they appear parallel, are really at a slight angle and deposited quickly rather than slowly. Thus “many of our preconceptions about fine-grained rocks are naïve.”
The layers in such sediments are often understood to represent yearly variations in climate. Now it appears that they could have been deposited quickly under rapidly moving water. Of course this understanding is much more in harmony with a short chronology of the earth and with the Biblical flood model than with conventional geological understanding of long ages of slow deposition of sediment. Other sediments, for example those containing many well-preserved fossils, also give evidence of being laid down rapidly and catastrophically. It appears that the long ages of conventional geology are finding fewer and fewer places to hide in the geological column.
Another interesting result is presented in a later article in Science.2 There is evidence that the waters of the ocean were very warm in the Cretaceous period, conventionally dated at 90 million years ago. The sea surface temperatures are believed to have been over 35° C (95° F). However, there is also evidence of a great sheet of ice in Antarctica at the same time. How can this be? Both the warmth of the period and the existence of ice at the same time are puzzles for conventional geology.
Both observations fit in well with our understanding of the Biblical flood. The oceans were warm because of so many undersea volcanoes erupting during the flood. The oceans had not had time to cool down yet. Also, the land was wet and drying out. The evaporation of water would have cooled the land down. With warm oceans and cold land, there would have been tremendous precipitation, leading to large accumulations of snow and glaciers in Antarctica. In fact, this appears to have been the cause of the ice age and the advance of glaciers over much of the earth after the flood.
One can hope that eventually the scientific establishment will consider such evidences and take more seriously the possibility of a rapid and recent derivation of the geological column.
1 Macquaker JHS, Bohacs K (2007) On the accumulation of mud. Science 318(5857): 1734-1735
2 Kerr RA (2008) More climate wackiness in the Cretaceous supergreenhouse? Science 319(5860): 145