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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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Raison d'etre

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In geological terms, a contact is the place where two different types of rocks come together. This ezine is a place to find content from my favorite web sources on the the creation-evolution issue, with a focus on the subject of geology.  Just as the layers of a rock can be composed of many different materials, so my sources often differ in their assumptions and in their views on the issue, but their common intersection is the belief that this is an important subject.

 

(Image source:  Glyn Baker, http://www.geograph.org.uk/reuse.php?id=167895)

YEC Geo's insight:

While my interests are wide-ranging, as even a cursory glance at this site will show,  a subject of great personal interest to me is the preservation of biological material in fossils presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old.  In my view, the increasing pace of discovery of such material is one of the strongest evidences in support of a young age for the earth.

 

Below is a continuously updated archive of articles I've found on the subject:


2017:


120 million year old bird bone tissue: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/10/03/1707237114.abstract


54 million year old pigmented shell and skin tissues in sea turtle: http://www.heritagedaily.com/2017/10/exceptionally-preserved-sea-turtle-reveals-ancient-sun-protection/117115


66-72 million year old original dinosaur eggshell pigments: https://peerj.com/articles/3706/


112-125 million year old Nodosaur melanin and kerogen: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)30808-4


200 million year old organic plant molecules: https://static-content.springer.com/esm/art%3A10.1038%2Fs41559-017-0224-5/MediaObjects/41559_2017_224_MOESM1_ESM.pdf


66-million year old dinosaur bone cell: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Armitage2/publication/289686201_Preservation_of_Triceratops_horridus_Tissue_Cells_from_the_Hell_Creek_Formation_MT/links/57ad0e1a08ae3765c3bb0cf7.pdf


15-45 million year old mammal blood: https://academic.oup.com/jme/article/3073510/Fossilized-Mammalian-Erythrocytes-Associated-With


146-100 milllion year old bird tendon and cartilage-like tissues: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14779


195 million year old dinosaur blood:  http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14220


80 million year old brachylophosaur protein: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123145210.htm


2016:

130 million year old bird melanosomes: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/11/16/1617168113.abstract

75 million year old keratin: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-dinosaur-claw-sheath-proteins-million.html

120 million year old Psittacosaurus pigment and protein:  http://www.icr.org/article/9595/

1.4 million year old chloroplast DNA from deep sea sediments: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/8/615.full.pdf+html

100 million year old mummified bird wings: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160628/ncomms12089/full/ncomms12089.html

1.88 billion year old microbial protein preservation: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160617/ncomms11977/full/ncomms11977.html

445 million year old echinoderm organic molecules: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/5/379.abstract

8-11 million year old snake proteins: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822%2816%2930120-8

247 million year old preserved dinosaur soft tissue: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151143, http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/04/fossilised-blood-vessels-oldest-in-world?videoId=367980360&videoChannel=6&channelName=Technology

520 million year old preserved arthropod neural tissue: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/44765/title/To-Retain-a-Brain/, http://sco.lt/7fLsw5

2015 :

Presence of blood confirmed in 80-million-year-old hadrosaur fossil: https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/12/schweitzer-vessels/

Unperminalized hadrosaur bones: http://creation.com/unpermineralized-hadrosaur-bones-alaska

50-million year old melanosomes in bats: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928155852.htm

150-million year old melanosomes in bird fossil: http://crev.info/2015/09/original-pigment-dinosaur-feathers/

Radiocarbon in dinosaur bone: http://crev.info/2015/06/c14-dinosaur-bone/

Preserved coloration in dinosaur eggshell: http://www.icr.org/article/8805/

Collagen and blood cells in Cretaceous dinosaur museum specimens: http://crev.info/2015/06/more-dino-blood-found/, http://crev.info/2015/06/dinosaur-soft-tissue-surprise/

8-18-million year old proteins in seashells: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=13504, http://phys.org/news/2015-02-million-year-old-mollusk-protein.html

2014:

550 million year old tube worms: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=12518, http://www.icr.org/article/8059/

2013:

23 million year old lizard: http://www.icr.org/article/7569/ 46 million year old mosquito blood: http://crev.info/2013/

46 million year old mosquito blood: http://www.pnas.org/content/110/46/18496.abstract

49 million year old beetle scales: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23786-iridescent-beetle-shimmers-for-49-million-years/#.UeeXxZwSTbC

70 million year old hadrosaur skin: http://creation.com/hadrosaur-skin, http://phys.org/news/2013-04-scientists-rare-dinosaur-skin-fossil.html

160 year old mollusk melanin: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-melanin-jurassic-era-mollusk-tool-cancer.html

Brian Thomas’ overviews: http://www.icr.org/article/7520/

Archaeopteryx feather: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10235#more-10235

190-197 million year old sauropod egg proteins: http://crev.info/2013/04/protein-found-in-dinosaur-eggs/

250 million year old coloration on trilobites: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130327-trilobite-spots-marine-paleontology-science/

Cretaceous triceratops horn: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065128113000020, http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10065

350 million year old crinoids & 417 million year old eurypterid chitin: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/oldbiomarkers.htm

Soft tissue overview from Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/3-soft-tissue-in-fossils/

2012:

Jurassic squid ink: http://creation.com/fossil-squid-ink (see here for Charles Dickens reporting on fresh squid ink and fresh squid eye discovery: http://observationdeck.kinja.com/mary-anning-the-fossil-finder-by-charles-dickens-1579691341)

C-14 in dinosaur bones, a presentation at an AGU-AOGS conference that was later stricken from the conference records: http://creation.com/c14-dinos

Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s dinosaur tissue research: http://www.icr.org/article/7091/

Brian Thomas update: http://www.icr.org/article/7183/


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Discovery of 50km cave raises hopes for human colonisation of moon

Discovery of 50km cave raises hopes for human colonisation of moon | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Lava tubes “might be the best candidate sites for future lunar bases, because of their stable thermal conditions and potential to protect people and instruments from micrometeorites and cosmic ray radiation,” Haruyama said.
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Turning wasted Methane into liquid fuel

Turning wasted Methane into liquid fuel | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Why is all this methane being wasted, when at the same time natural gas is touted as an important “bridge” fuel as the world steers away from fossil fuels, and is the centerpiece of the so-called shale-gas revolution?
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Why Norway is teaching travellers to travel

Why Norway is teaching travellers to travel | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Formed 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age when a glacier frozen to the mountain broke off, it has in recent years become one of Norway’s most famous geological sites – and one of its most controversial.
YEC Geo's insight:
Literal translation:  "Troll's tongue."   Who wouldn't want to see it?
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The Pros and Cons of Living on Hawai‘i Island

The Pros and Cons of Living on Hawai‘i Island | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Pros: It’s beautiful here. But you know that already.

The Cons: The Big Island is an island of extremes: extreme weather, extreme terrain, extreme natural hazards. Millions of people visit each year to see live volcanoes; what they don’t really get is that volcanoes can be very dangerous.
YEC Geo's insight:
Drought, flowing lava, and deafening frogs--the good and bad of what it's really like to live on an active volcano in the middle of the ocean.
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Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly

Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
This is a big deal, and a reminder of a key dynamic in the debate about intelligent design.
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Traditional Football Match to Take Place at Bottom of Blue Lake in Croatia

Traditional Football Match to Take Place at Bottom of Blue Lake in Croatia | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Mother nature has allowed a unique football match to take place again this weekend in the Croatian town of Imotski.
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Karst-induced football matchup
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Can ice structures solve a Himalayan water crisis?

Can ice structures solve a Himalayan water crisis? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
As the ice structures look like the familiar religious stupas, Mr Wangchuk believes that this leads to a better sense of ownership amongst the locals.
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British climber saved his wife's life

British climber saved his wife's life | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Lucy Foster told her family that her husband Andrew, an experienced climber, dived on top of her as the rock fell, saving her life at Yosemite's El Capitan in California.
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VIDEO: 60,000-year-old preserved underwater forest discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

VIDEO: 60,000-year-old preserved underwater forest discovered in the Gulf of Mexico | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Located 60 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico, the underwater forest features trees which have intact bark and are still leaking sap.
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Google Earth now includes crowdsourced photos

Google Earth now includes crowdsourced photos | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
While Google Street View and Google Earth already give us a good view of whichever place we want to take a look at almost anywhere in the world, there is also nothing like seeing those places through the lens of another person who is actually there or who have been there.
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8 Mountain trails in the US you need to experience in your lifetime

8 Mountain trails in the US you need to experience in your lifetime | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
If you’re planning a vacation and are looking to get away from the world, consider skipping the beaches and heading to the mountains instead. There’s no better way to get rid of the workday stress than by strapping on some hiking boots and hitting the trail, especially in the fall.
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As Irma nears, GIS data shows Florida emptying itself of planes

As Irma nears, GIS data shows Florida emptying itself of planes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Flight, ship, and wind trackers visualize the hurricanes in real time these days.
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Deepwater Horizon: EpiLLOG

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"The movie Deepwater Horizon is probably the only movie ever made that actually tried to realistically depict oil drilling operations. While it didn’t get every detail right, it was compellingly realistic (too realistic for me watching it on IMAX) and told the story of how ordinary people, just doing their jobs, can become heroes when everything goes wrong."

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Everything you wanted to know about Macondo.
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Stunning Bird Fossil Has Bone Tissue

Stunning Bird Fossil Has Bone Tissue | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
YEC Geo's insight:
So far for 2017, we're up to one ancient soft tissue discovery per month.  This is simply astonishing.  The more people start looking, the more they will find.  Why?  Do scientists really think these complex biological molecules could survive tens to hundreds of millions of years?

When there are two lines of evidence that conflict with each other, one will be wrong.  If the fossils aren't old, then there's something wrong with the geological time scale.
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An exceptionally preserved sea turtle reveals ancient sun protection

An exceptionally preserved sea turtle reveals ancient sun protection | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The researchers investigated the microscopic and molecular contents of soft tissues retrieved from a fossil that is approximately 54 million years old.
YEC Geo's insight:
The ninth soft tissue discovery for 2017 that I've been able to find.  So far, my prediction about soft tissue discoveries increasing on a yearly basis has been accurate .

The study author, Johan Lindgren, has been making soft tissue discoveries for a while now.
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The ‘Great Unconformity’ and associated geochemical evidence for Noahic Flood erosion

The ‘Great Unconformity’ and associated geochemical evidence for Noahic Flood erosion | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Great Unconformity is a clear case where uniformitarianism does not apply.
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Dirty bird carcasses tell the story of how air pollution has improved in the last 100 years

Dirty bird carcasses tell the story of how air pollution has improved in the last 100 years | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Ornithologists at The Field Museum have long known that bird specimens in the collection from the early 1900s were visibly darker than expected, and atmospheric soot was the suspect.
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Australia’s Aborigines ... did they see dinosaurs?

Australia’s Aborigines ... did they see dinosaurs? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The myths and legends of the Aboriginal people, including their accounts of the creation of the world, are known as the Dreamtime. Such stories feature monsters, of whom many are mythological. Others, however, may have reference to real creatures, the Aborigines even insisting on their past ‘flesh-and-blood’ existence.
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The Volcano That Shrouded the Earth and Gave Birth to a Monster

The Volcano That Shrouded the Earth and Gave Birth to a Monster | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"As remarkable a feat of literary imagination as Frankenstein is, Mary Shelley was not wanting for real-world inspiration for her horror story, namely the deteriorating rural populations of Europe, in the climatic upheaval of Mount Tambora."

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The scale of the devastation is almost incomprehensible--from one volcano. 
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Ancient Ice Ages Challenge Answered

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A major problem is that other processes can create the features that secular scientists think indicate ancient ice ages. Even a few secular scientists have pointed this out, but have been ignored.

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After the Tsunami, Japan’s Sea Creatures Crossed an Ocean

After the Tsunami, Japan’s Sea Creatures Crossed an Ocean | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
To the surprise of scientists, the debris was covered with sea creatures that had survived crossings that in some cases had taken years.
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Offers insight into possible post-Flood transport mechanisms.
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Colossal Water Flows During Early Creation Week and Early Flood

Colossal Water Flows During Early Creation Week and Early Flood | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
In striking contrast to most of North America’s older Proterozoic provinces, the lithosphere of southeastern North America has an overall northeast-southwest regional trend. This includes the Late Paleoproterozoic Yavapai and Mazatzal provinces, as well as the Mesoproterozoic Grenville Province. It is proposed that formation of late Paleoproterozoic and Mesoproterozoic provinces of the southeast of the North American craton, along with North America’s Grenvillian Event, be correlated with processes in the earlier part of Day Three.
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Technical article.
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The Real “Sword in the Stone” Is in a Church in Italy

The Real “Sword in the Stone”  Is in a Church in Italy | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
"Yes: the sword of St. Galgano is buried to the hilt in a stone preserved in the chapel of Montesiepi in Chiusdino."
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Old Earth Creationist Interprets Popcorn Instructions As 'Microwave For 1.7 Million Years'

Old Earth Creationist Interprets Popcorn Instructions As 'Microwave For 1.7 Million Years' | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
OAKVILLE, ON—A tragic fire claimed the home of local professor and old earth creationist Dr. Hank Thornton Thursday morning, as he reportedly attempted to pop a bag of popcorn for 1.7 million years, interpreting the instructional label of “Cook for 2:30” symbolically rather than arriving at the plain meaning of just two minutes and thirty seconds.
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Newly discovered 6m-year-old Cretan footprints stolen

Newly discovered 6m-year-old Cretan footprints stolen | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
But how can you conserve what is essentially a slab of soft rock, close to the sea and open to the elements?
YEC Geo's insight:
An extended meditation on the difficulty of studying tracks and traces.  Which leads to the inevitable question:  if it is so difficult to preserve solidified tracks, what about the difficulty of preserving unsolidified tracks?  What kind of conditions could possibly preserve ephemeral marks in the soil without simultaenously eroding them away?
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