Skip to comments.Is the geological column a global sequence? (1-10-2014 article)
Posted on 01/10/2014 7:46:50 AM PST by fishtank
Is the geological column a global sequence?
by Michael J. Oard
Creationist geologists are not yet agreed over whether the geological column represents an exact sequence of Flood events or not. Local stratigraphic sections seem to line up with the general order of the geological column at hundreds of locations around the world. But there are many problems with the details. For example, 1) the geological column is a vertical or stratigraphic representation abstracted from rock units that are mainly found laterally adjacent to each other in the field, 2) new fossil discoveries continue to expand fossil stratigraphic ranges, 3) different names are given to the same or a similar organism when found in different-aged strata, 4) taxonomic manipulation, 5) anomalous fossils, and 6) out-of-order fossils. These problems mean that geologists should be cautious about how they relate the geological column to the Flood.
The original column was not necessarily developed from lithology but mainly by a succession of index fossils. Figure1 Figure 1. Tilted Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata at the northwest edge of the Bighorn Basin at Clark Canyon adjacent to the southeast Beartooth Mountains. The question of how the geological column fits into Flood geology and the order of events before, during, and after the Flood is quite controversial within creationism. Some creationists advocate that the geological column is an exact representation of the events of the Flood and possibly post-Flood deposition, minus the uniformitarian timescale. In other words, the Cambrian is early in the Flood, followed by the Ordovician, etc., all over the world according to the exact order of the geological column.
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Figure 1. Tilted Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata at the northwest edge of the Bighorn Basin at Clark Canyon adjacent to the southeast Beartooth Mountains.
One of the problems that the geologists have is that when you have a huge earthquake, the ocean floor becomes mountains and the mountains become the ocean floor. Why do you think that there are non volcanic mountains along the ocean floor? You can find seashells on top of mountains.
Geologists will tell you, “absolutely not.” First off, “geological columns” are relevant only in sedimentary rock. Secondly, sedimentary rocks frequently exhibit folding and overlays... but you can always tell when folding has resulted in newer rock being tucked under older rock, simply by observing the area around it: you can see the folds from the horizontal striations! And lastly, the sequences are NOT contiguous. Since they are caused by sedimentary deposits, they exist only when the area was where sediment collected.
Have you ever listened to John Baumgardner’s videos on YouTube about the runaway subduction model?
He’s a geophysicist, by the way.