Flood Evidence [sic] True Facts #8
Problems with a global flood #1:
Angular unconformities, where one set of layers of sediments have
been extensively modified (e.g., tilted) and eroded before a second
set of layers were deposited on top? They thus seem to require at
least two periods of deposition (more, where there is more than one
unconformity such as Utah) with long periods of time in between.
How was the fossil record sorted in an order convenient for evolution?
Ecological zonation fails to explain:
(1) the extremely good sorting observed. Why didn't at least one
dinosaur make it to the high ground with the elephants?
(2) the relative positions of plants and other non-motile life.
(3) why some groups of organisms, such as mollusks, are found in
many geologic strata.
(4) why extinct animals which lived in the same niches as present
animals didn't survive as well. Why did no pterodons make it to high
How do you explain the relative ages of mountains? Why weren't the
Sierra Nevadas eroded as much as the Appalacians during the flood?
How can a single flood be responsible for such extensively detailed
layering? One formation is six kilometers thick. If we grant 400
days for this to settle, and ignore possible compaction since the
flood, we still have 15 meters of sediment settling *per day*. And
yet despite this, the chemical properties of the rock are neatly
layered, with great changes (e.g.) in percent carbonate occurring
within a few centimeters in the vertical direction. How does such a
neat sorting process occur in the violent context of a universal
flood dropping 15 meters of sediment per day? How can you explain a
thin layer of high carbonate sediment being deposited over an area
of ten thousand square kilometers for some thirty minutes, followed
by thirty minutes of low carbonate deposition, followed by thirty
minutes more of .... well, I think you get the picture.
How do you explain Fossil remineralization - the replacement of the
original material with a different mineral?
How were hematite layers laid down? Standard theory is that they were
laid down before Earth's atmosphere contained much oxygen. In an
oxygen-rich regime, they would almost certainly be impossible.
How do you explain the survival of any sensitive marine life (e.g.,
coral)? Since most coral are found in shallow water, the turbidity
created by the runoff from the land would effectively cut them off
from the sun. The silt would cover the reef after the rains were
over, and the coral would ALL DIE. By the way, the rates at which
coral deposits calcium are well known, and some highly mature reefs
(such a the great barrier) have been around for MILLIONS of years to
be deposited to their observed thickness. [From: firstname.lastname@example.org]
How did _all_ the fish survive? Some require cool clear water, some
need brackish water, some need ocean water, some need water even
saltier. A flood would have destroyed at least some of these habitats.
How did all the modern plant species survive? Many plants (seeds and
all) would be killed by being submerged for a few months.
Why is there no evidence of a flood in tree ring dating?
How does the flood explain the geological sorting of pollen? Fossil
pollen is one of the more important indicators of different levels
of strata. Each plant has different and distinct pollen, and, by
telling which plants produced the fossil pollen, it is easy to see
what the climate was like in different strata. Was the pollen
"hydraulically sorted" by the flood water so that the climatic
evidence is different for each layer?
How could a one-year flood deposit the following: "In Yellowstone Park
there is a stratigraphic section of 2000 feet exposed which shows 18
successive petrified forests. Each forest grew to maturity before
it was wiped out with a lava flow." (J. Laurence Kulp, quoted in
Strahler, _Science and Earth History_, pp 221-224.) [God did it,
Why is there no mention of the flood in the records of Egyptian or
Chinese civilizations which existed at the time? Biblical dates (I
Kings 6:1, Gal 3:17, various generation lengths given in Genesis)
place the flood 1300 years before Solomon began the first temple.
We can construct reliable chronologies for near Eastern history,
particularly for Egypt, from many kinds of records from the literate
cultures in the near East. These records are independent of, but
supported by, dating methods such as dendrochronology and carbon-14.
The building of the first temple can be dated to 950 B.C. +/- some
small delta, placing the Flood around 2250 B.C. Unfortunately, the
Egyptians (among others) have written records dating well back before
2250 B.C. (the Great Pyramid, for example dates to the 26th century
B.C., 300 years before the Biblical date for the Flood). No sign in
Egyptian inscriptions of this global flood around 2250 B.C.