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.
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:
"130 million years ago, India began a 30-million-year float trip north. It slammed into Asia, forming the Himalayan mountains. Experts call this the “biotic ferry” model for the origin of India. It must be true, because TV animations prove it."
If the Bronze Tree of Sanxingdui depicts the Genesis Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, what are the logical implications? While there are a multitude of possible answers to that question, here are a few suggestions.
YEC Geo's insight:
Not outright proof of a common origins story, but definitely consistent with that theory.
Something is wrong with a theory that can’t find 95% of the universe. Cosmologists can’t find dark matter or dark energy, but their theories need it. They can’t explain the motions of galaxies and star clusters without it, they can’t explain cosmic acceleration without it, and they can’t explain the big bang without it. It’s gotta be there! Where is it? What is it?
YEC Geo's insight:
I've thought for a while that dark matter is kind of a God-of-the-Gaps argument.
Skiers and snowboarders hungry for powder are calling California’s 10-day forecast the “most insane forecast ever.” That’s because precipitation totals in the Sierra are forecast to be approximately twice the monthly average for January. But all that moisture has a downside too, with some forecasters predicting that California will see the worst flooding since 1997.
How will these storms affect San Francisco? Here’s the breakdown:
This particular big cat, in her prime and perfect health, chose a more gentle way of life, vegetarian!
YEC Geo's insight:
"The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them." (Isaiah 11:6)
Eden really existed, and one day, when He returns who first entered this world two millennia ago, Eden will return as well. Until then, there are still rare glimpses of the original interconnected web of creation, as in this true story of a lioness who wouldn't eat meat.
This island rests on very young seafloor, which is expected to be rapidly subsiding. In fact, most other islands in this archipelago are indeed sinking. Santa Maria however, shows signs of significant uplift, such as old shorelines now located several tens or even hundreds of meters above sea level.
YEC Geo's insight:
How is this going to affect traditional models of shoreline uplift?
"Evidence of primary dolomite formation by a process as common as microbial sulphate respiration under conditions that currently prevail in the seabed, provides new insights into the reconstruction of fossil dolomite deposits. But why are large scale deposits from primary dolomite no longer formed at the ocean floor?"
Assume for a moment, as the press with triumphant glee is reporting, that 2016 was the hottest year evah! Believe the claim for the sake of argument. Swallow the idea, for at least the next minute, that the media and government really do have your best interests at heart and are reporting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the world’s temperature.
I was surprised to read recently that small teddy bears placed under a waterfall in Yorkshire ‘turned to stone’ in three to five months. After all, I had been told by my geology lecturers at university that stalactites and stalagmites take many thousands of years to form, so how could teddy bears petrify so quickly?
Luong says his photographic park forays number more than 300, a figure he terms a “conservative estimate.” He has visited all but American Samoa and Kobuk Valley, Alaska, at least twice, and 46 parks at least three times. He’s been to Death Valley 11 times, second only to Yosemite, which he’s visited so many times, he’s lost count.
YEC Geo's insight:
The author also offers turn-by-turn directions to the sites of his photos.
In 1996 a rancher in Wyoming showed creation geologist Kurt Wise and me a massive sandstone bed with convoluted layering on his ranch. At the time we recognized it as important evidence of the Flood catastrophe, but we did not understand how it formed or its significance.
Then in 2011 creation geologist Arthur Chadwick reported a surprising discovery.
This month, Science and Nature commemorated the anniversary of an important paper that was published in Science forty years ago, titled "Variations in the Earth's Orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages."1,2,3 This paper convinced many secular scientists of the validity of the astronomical, or Milankovitch, ice age theory. According to the Milankovitch theory, ice ages are somehow "paced" by changes in the seasonal and latitudinal distribution of sunlight. These changes are caused by variations in Earth's orbital and rotational motions. Using data from two southern Indian Ocean deep-sea sediment cores, the Pacemaker paper purported to show that Earth had experienced climate cycles of approximately 100 thousand, 42 thousand, and 23 thousand years. Because these cycle lengths agreed with the lengths of orbital cycles predicted by the Milankovitch theory, it was seen as strong evidence for the Milankovitch ice age theory.
However, there are serious problems with this paper, which are discussed at length on this website.
Either way, Google’s latest Chrome Experiment is called “Land Lines” and it is an exercise in recognizing visual input and matching it with patterns from satellite imagery. Or, in other words, you doodle stuff on your phone’s touch screen and then “Land Lines” matches it with lines and shapes from satellite photos.
2016 revealed Cretaceous bird-feather proteins, original dinosaur-skin tissue, Triassic mosasaur blood vessels, and organic remnants from ancient fossil microbes. These four finds challenge scientists to question the popular model.
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