Thursday, January 27, 2011

Think-A-Minute: Catastrophic processes? Inconceivable!

Everybody knows the earth is billions of years old. It was formed through slow geological processes that take, for example, a million years, or so, to lay down a layer of rock one or two millimeters thick. And even longer for a river to cut a channel through it, which eventually becomes a canyon like, oh let's just say Grand Canyon. And the reason we don't see it happening is that it's such a slow process, and our lives (and for that matter all of recorded history) are so short.

And then along comes the Mt. St. Helens eruption of 1980, and catastrophically lays down thousands of layers of lava, debris, and ash in a matter of hours. Then, two years later, a smaller, mid-winter eruption melts the snow and ice in the crater causing catastrophic mud flows that carved out a mini Grand Canyon through the stratified rock layers in a few short days. It's as if Someone wanted us to know that millions of years are not required, just catastrophic circumstances.

So, if the long ages are not geologically necessary, why are geologists so adamant about their interpretation, clinging to the age-old rocks like The Man In Black dangling at the brink of the Cliffs of Insanity? And what other supposed long, slow geological processes could be better explained by catastrophes (or one big catastrophe)? I do not think it means what they think it means.

Dig deeper:
Mt. St. Helens and Catastrophism
Mount St. Helens—evidence for Genesis!

Photo Credit:
Image lifted from Google Image Search. Originally from The Princess Bride (1987), directed by Rob Reiner.

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