Blog 2016 032. 08/07/2016 Geology demos Young Earth Creation & fails Evolution.

Evolutionists love to use geology as a science that proves an old Earth. For example, I was told that the many layers in Grand Canyon must take millions of years to form since each layer is a one-year cycle. That’s an unfounded assumption based on premises that were demonstrated potentially false at the eruption of Mount St Helens. In this Blog, I’ll give three anecdotal illustrations to show Geology is credibly interpreted in a Young Earth context.

How long ago were the Grand Tetons formed??

If you go to the Grand Teton National Park, the rangers tell you that those mountains rose to their present position over a period of 20 million years. Over this 20 million years there is supposed to be about 20,000 feet of mountains eroded (1,000 feet per million years). When you hike in the Teton’s passes, you see many broken rocks but little sand or fine material that would indicate extended periods of erosion. The plain at the foot of these peaks contain many beautiful lakes that show a lot of exposed rock and shallow soil layers. There is no sign of the vast amount of material that should be there after 20 million years of erosion. These mountains appear to be young, not old.

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Steep Mtn

Was the Grand Canyon formed by, “missing rivers”??

During June 1998, I had the opportunity to visit the North Rim of Grand Canyon. There I heard the Park Ranger tell a tall tale about how the canyon was formed by “missing rivers”. The problem is; the rim of the canyon is over 2000 feet above the level of the Colorado River upstream in southern Utah. The river would have to run UPHILL to cut the canyon. To overcome this, they fabricated a series of rivers that no longer exist and disappeared without a trace. The ranger admitted that this explanation is hard to justify but is the best the evolutionary geologists can do. The Creationist explanation is that a massive amount of water trapped during Noah’s flood was released in southern Utah and cut the canyon in a very short amount of time. This creation model is far more feasible than the missing rivers scenario. If you carefully look at the canyon, you’ll see other features that indicate catastrophic formation including: the direction of erosion, which is perpendicular to the river flow, and the lack of a significant delta for the Colorado River. If all the material eroded out of the canyon is not downstream, where did it go?

My beautiful picture
My beautiful picture

Does the eruption of Mt St Helens in 1980 show the viability of Young Earth Creation?

Two results of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 showed rapid processes could look like they took millions of years that took only days:

1) Hundreds of feet of strata that had very thin layers were deposited in days. Most evolutionists would count these as one year each.

2) Rapid formation of canyons by erosion that has the appearance of long ages that were formed in days.

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Next time you go to a national park look around and ask the rangers questions based on the Young Earth model. For example: “Was the Grand Canyon caused by a lot of water and a little time instead of a lot of time and a little water?”

This blog is from portions of Chapter 2 “Geology” in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.”   Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

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