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Catastrophist interpretations

12 January 2023
Catastrophism, Geology

Two links sent in by Robert – both to a Creationist web site. Both of them can be described as catastrophic in nature. However, the author of both pieces is a young earther and sees the evidence, almost wholly, as the result of the Noachian flood. This is unlike modern catastrophism which sees earth, in the past, buffeted by a series of catastrophic events, going back deep in time. Robert is also keen on the electric universe theory as a shaper of geology, not just on earth but on Mars. In reference to a recent post on tsunami waves on Mars, he says, water and ice have both been proposed as a mechanism to explain the dichotomy but he claims this has problems as there is no observable source of water in the southern highlands to account for the channels. Also, most of the channels are at the sane elevations of the northern lowlands. According to Wal Thornhill, based on Ralph Juergens ideas, the region was carved out by electrical discharge events, focussed on Valles Marineris.

At https://crev.info/2023/01/old-earth-view-requires-storytelling/ … is about the age of the earth which the author is keen to reduce. Most people don’t have an opinion as it is not so important to them. The author is also responding to a Phys Org post of 22nd December – ‘why are most rocks on earth younger than the planet itself?’. It goes on to claim earth started out with as much material as it is today, a reference to the Plate Tectonics theory of subduction and emergence. What if the earth is expanding? Earth is supposed to be accumulating material from space, dust and debris which builds up over time. Roman levels are usually found under the current land surface. Earlier geological layers can be buried much deeper. The crev author is keen to stress geochronology is a construct and the numbers involved are guesswork. However, his arguments against Plate Tectonics might be worth looking at.

The second link at https://crev.info/2023/01/fossil-graveyard-explanation/ … criticises mainstream explanations of a fossil graveyard in Nevada – which it says has baffled paleontologists for decades. Here we have the perfect catastrophic site – a bone graveyard. This one is famous for its ichthyosaurs. We get lots of them in the UK –  usually in thick clay deposits, or shales. The author’s argument is that such marine creatures were two large to be buried slowly, over a long time. It had to be done quickly. We can agree on that – but how did marine creatures get to Nevada?

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