The Data in the Strata

For generations, we have been fed a line about how dinosaurs and other organisms were fossilized.  If you travel to any Museum of Natural History or even to places like Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, you will read nice (imaginary) explanations about how the fossils originated, and why they are at the site.  All over the world there are massive “fossil graveyards” where thousand or millions of fossilized creatures lie buried or partially exposed.

These graveyards are not evidence supporting evolutionists claims.  Rather, in the words of Roger Patterson, “the greatest testimonies to a worldwide flood are the many, massive fossil graveyards across the globe”.  (1)  Why would he say this? Because the very presence of such massive graveyards is evidence, if not almost proof, of a global flood.  Fossils do not form if a creature dies naturally and is eaten and decomposed by natural processes. They require sudden burial (as in a sudden, catastrophic global flood with massive mudslides) in an environment that lacks oxygen in order to fossilize.

Patterson also notes that in places like the Green river formation in Wyoming, we find birds, bats, ocean fish, insects and land plants all buried together.  How could these be buried together if not for a huge catastrophe like the flood?

And what about oil and coal in the deep earth strata?  We are told that there was lush growth which gathered and were compressed over millions of years, forming oil and coal.  Yet so many scientific facts and observations do NOT fit this story line.  For one, why would they not have been destroyed by bacteria and turned into simple organic matter if this happened as a normal process over millions of years?  Also, many samples contain carbon 14, which should be impossible if they are over 50,000 years old.  For another, coal often has readily visible bark from trees, and even track marks from crabs, dinosaurs, and amphibians (2) which should only occur in cases of sudden rapid burial, not gradual accumulation over hundreds of thousand of years.

And then there are those troublesome polystrate fossils (see the above picture).  How can a fossilized tree be found vertically, penetrating what we are told is many millions of years of accumulated sediments? Author John McKay, who has found “there are polystrates of just about every fossil known if you look hard enough, and the reality is that any fossils even those that lie parallel to their strata yet are thicker than one lamina of sediment, by definition have to be polystrate.” (3) But the question is, how can a fragile fern be fossilized vertically in strata that would otherwise be thought to represent millions of years of accumulation?  But for those who believe in the Great Global Flood, this represents no problem at all. It makes absolute and complete sense.

 

 

John 1:3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

 

 

(1) P 148, Evolution Exposed,  2008, Answers in Genesis USA.

(2) Ibid, p. 151

(3) AskJohnMackay.com/polystrate-fossils-vertical-fossil-trees-any-other-polystrate-fossils/

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Emergency Room Physician. Student of science and student of scripture. Defending truth in a post-truth society. I believe that Truth exists, and I believe it is our duty and privilege to seek it out, amidst ignorance, frivolity, and misconceptions.

5 thoughts on “The Data in the Strata”

  1. ” For one, why would they not have been destroyed by bacteria and turned into simple organic matter if this happened as a normal process over millions of years? ” …because bacteria require oxygen to live. Ther is no free oxygen in buriednrock strata.

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    1. I think you are missing the point. If the strata were laid down immediately, as in a flood, mudslide, or volcanic eruption, then there would have been no oxygen and they could fossilize. If they were laid down over millions of years (as taught in modern geology texts) there would have been oxygen and decomposition. Thus no fossils.

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      1. Rubbish, heavy strata will exclude oxygen regardless of the timespan.
        Mudslides hace very specific character when lithified as does flood deposits. There are many fossils contained in layers that are not of the type you describe.

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