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The Creation Explanation

Creation Explanation The Primeval World -- Fossils, Geology & Earth History

Fossils and Strata Creation Interpretations

Since believers in creation are sharply critical of evolutionary and uniformitarian theories concerning early earth history, can they project a constructive, alternative interpretation of strata and fossils? The answer is Yes. Nevertheless, the creation scenario for earth history is no more capable of conclusive verification by experimental test than is the evolution scenario. The following, however, is one possible interpretation of the data which conforms to much of the observed data.

Some basic assumptions of a creation model of early earth history are the following:

1. The creation of all things could have taken place at any time in the past, perhaps only ten thousand years ago, more or less.

2. The world initially was probably characterized by uniformly mild of semi-tropical climate, a fairly high average humidity, perhaps a slightly different mix of atmospheric gases including a somewhat higher content of carbon dioxide, smaller oceans and lower mountains than presently exist, and much more extensive cover of vegetation on the land surface and perhaps a richer animal population in the oceans as well as on the land mass. Large areas of shallow seas may have been covered by floating forests.

3. At least one global catastrophic event involving complete flooding of the earth was the chief agent in the destruction of most of the ancient biosphere and the production of the greater part of the geological strata and other features of the present earth surface. These include:

a. The rise of sea level above the highest mountains then existing may have been brought about by a combination of factors including: (1) condensation of the atmospheric water vapor,(2) release of subterranean water from the earth's crustal rocks directly into the oceans and also into the atmosphere b volcanic action, (3) possibly the elevation of the ocean floor relative to the land surface, and (4) possibly by extraterrestrial water.

b. The inundation of the entire surface of the earth produced vast tidal waves and stupendous currents which scoured the land surface, eroding vast volumes of rock.

c. The resulting sediments were deposited to produce the major sedimentary structures observed on earth today.

d. The flood was accompanied by vast volcanic and mountain-building activity.

e. Sedimentary deposits classified as Pleistocene and also some classified as Cenozoic probably were mostly laid down in the post-flood era.

f. Extensive catastrophic glaciation occurred a sufficiently extended period of time after the flood to allow for the multiplication of species and for their migration from Ararat where the ark was grounded. This period of time between the flood and the glaciation is indicated by the fact that large populations of animals and plants were deep frozen over a huge area of northern Siberia and Alaska.

g. At some time subsequent to the flood tectonic activity in the earth's crust brought about the breaking up of the original land mass and its separation into the modern continents. Final separation could not take place until considerable migration of animal species had occurred.

4. The factors determining distribution of fossils in the sedimentary deposits included:

a. The association together of particular assortments of plants and animals in ecological communities.

b. Geographic locations of particular plants and animals.

c. Relative mobilities of different animals.

d. Relative densities, sizes, and other properties of particular plants and animals.

e. The physical principles of water transport and deposition, a subject which is only very imperfectly understood and which largely defies exact mathematical analysis.

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