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IMG_0006 IMG_0052 IMG_0113 IMG_0108 IMG_0085 IMG_0072 IMG_0020 IMG_0021 IMG_9997 IMG_0059Yesterday we attempted to replicate in microcosm what the earth would look like after THE FLOOD.

These pictures are not in chronological order so I’ll describe our procedure.

The weather was beautiful, but hovered close to zero when we dumped  distinct little mounds of sand, silt, clay, humus, forest soil, leaves, gravel, mycelium, moss, peat and perlite.

These we mixed in somewhat equal measure into a horse bucket and mixed with sturdy sticks, adding water as needed to turn it all into a homogenous mix.

Oh, AND BILLIONS OF MICROORGANISMS.  There are billions of living critters in ONE tablespoon of rich garden soil. But you already knew that. The first time I learned that I thought the instructor had to be mistaken, so looked in a lot of text books before I could believe it.

So in considering the global flood in Genesis 6, the post-flood world would soon be rejuvenated by myriad life forms that survived the raging forces God brought on the face of the earth.

Not recommended that you do this with little boys.  Their description of this lofty scientific experiment was, Eeyyuuw, making a  poison barf soup.”

In the Biblical flood, God opened up the fountains of the deep, and the skies poured forth rain, something that seems to not have happened prior to that time, because He watered the face of the earth each day with the dew of night.

We know from earth’s geology that there was a time of massive volcanic eruptions, far greater than anything we have seen and recorded in modern time.

I personally believe there was one land mass prior to God’s judgment on the extreme wickedness of the human race.  The intense power of earthquakes and water bursting from the deep as well as from the sky ripped the earth open like a giant zipper and created the continents of today.

We can see astounding examples of the power in nature even in small floods, slides, earthquakes, tornadoes, and eruptions.

I grew up beside the Twenty-Mile Creek in Vineland, Ontario so grew to love the outdoors.  In summer the creek would dry up leaving only small pockets of water.  In winter the creek filled to become a long ribbon of ice for skating.  Early spring transformed the creek into a powerful, loud, raging torrent capable of ripping out trees and moving boulders.

For forty days God poured rain on the earth and the torrents of the deep ripped the land apart.  For the next some hundred days the waters swirled and subsided.  The mountains rose and the valleys sank, the land slumped and settled more or less into the form we have today.

In time the earth settled down into a new sort of stability until seeds and roots could take hold again.  Noah and his family left the ark that settled on the mountains of Ararat and started a new life, on a radically different world.

Some major geologic events followed because of the still unsettled form of the reworked land.  Dams formed by mass flows of trees, rocks and debris burst with build-up of pressure as we can see with the formation of the Grand Canyon.

Richard and I saw that in Lions Bay when he pastored a church in their community hall.  Ice and vegetation built up at the top of The Lions, creating a dam.  One night it exploded loose and what had been a mere tributary became a roaring mud-slide that took out three houses and killed two young boys.

Thick, horizontal sedimentary deposition of the Grand Canyon formed during the world-wide flood and in the settling-out stage.  Water-borne material settles according to it’s mass, weight, volume,….and in moving water will sort into well-defined layers. (Something I can’t simulate in small jars.)

God returned the water to the great deeps, leaving a new face on the earth.   New lakes, rivers, streams, canyons, and as the mighty waters continued to recede they washed away features and formed new ones.

Lake above the Grand Canyon

In these pictures of hoodoo type geology around the world, you can see that the sedimentary layers were in place FIRST,…… then subsequently were eroded, by powerful erosional forces. Hoodoo type formation around the world

Lake Powell is the remains of a significant body of water that broke free and carved the massive Grand Canyon.  The little Colorado River down below could never have cut straight through the varying rock types, like a giant knife.  Water always finds the easiest route down.  The canyon was cut with the abrasive power of a sudden release of water, mixing with soil, rocks and vegetation.   Pictures of the shores of Lake Powell

Rich and I had a great geology tour with Dr. Steve Austin:  tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flrhqjN5BHo

Mount St. Helens gave us a small reenactment of that incredible power. Within mere days and hours millions of giant trees were pulverized, snapped off, blown over and mixed with surrounding soil and rock to become volcanic ash and cement flows that ripped down the Tuttle River, into Spirit Lake, up the opposite mountain side, where the slurry ripped off all the vegetation down to smooth rock, slumped the whole thing back into Spirit Lake where this giant mass of huge trees lay.  In time those floating trees started to sink, heavier root-end first.  The bark had ripped off in the initial rush of slurry up the slope, so thick bark mats settled early on the floor of the lake.  In this upright position the trees slowly sank, according to their size and weight into the mat of debris on the bottom.  Pictures of Spirit Lake after Mt. St. Helens erupted

Polystrate trees are found in coal beds all over the world.  Coal is comprised of once-living plants and animals.  Many trees are found upright, missing the bulk of their extensive root systems, often in truncated pieces, and often missing their bark.  These trees did not die, get buried and fossilized in situ.  Trees found in coal seams

Richard and I hiked up Specimen Ridge,  Pictures of Specimen Ridge   a striking example of fossilized polystrate trees found at many elevations, mostly missing their root system and bark and side branches. Nothing there to suggest these trees grew, lived and died where you find them buried in such an odd manner.  Nor does anything fossilize unless there are specific conditions of…….rapid burial, removal of oxygen and a heavy overburden to compress the surrounding matrix around the plant or animal.

Vast coal seams, vast oil and gas reserves, vast fossil beds,……….all comprised of once vibrant, abundant life,……all over the earth.

The global flood, what a turbulent, powerful event!  That was powered by forces beyond our ken.  It wasn’t a closed system and the earth continued to adjust and settle for many years.  Today the earth is still a living, moving body so that occasionally we can see what happened some 4,500 years ago.

We can’t begin to re-enact the flood of Noah’s day, but it was fun trying.

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