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:
In 1970, when Earth Day was conceived, the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate biology professor at Harvard University, predicted, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
What if history is explained by both the background noise of the natural system and the supernatural punctuations (acts) of miraculous events? That is, science is true as far as it goes, but is insufficient to explain history. What if we stop asking what is scientific, and start asking about what is historically and presently real?
The decade of the 1970’s will be remembered for a long time to come as a paradigm altering time in hominin evolutionary research and much was attributable to the 1974 discovery of A.L. 288-1, known to most by the nickname “Lucy”. For most of us who work in palaeoanthropology, the story of how this partial skeleton was found has been covered to death in books and articles countless times.
It would be derivative to cover it here, instead we are going to look at the importance of the Ethiopian region of Hadar to the science of palaeoanthropology.
It’s been five years since the last major release for Google Earth. We have been worried about the future of one of the world’s most popular applications during the past decade. But, Google has been promising us a new version is coming.
Satellite images of Earth at night—often referred to as “night lights”—have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness. Produced every decade or so, such maps have spawned hundreds of pop-culture uses and dozens of economic, social science, and environmental research projects.
But what would happen if scientists removed the moonlight, fires, and other natural sources of light and updated such nighttime images yearly, monthly, or even daily? A research team led by NASA Earth scientist Miguel Román plans to find out this year
For hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans, the environment of the Red River was affected by a phenomenon unique among all the great rivers in North America. An enormous log jam that extended 100 to 150 miles clogged the lower part of the river in what is now Northwest Louisiana and Northeast Texas.
This log jam was known as the Great Raft.
YEC Geo's insight:
I found out about this amazing phenomenon in a book I've been reading about American rivers. I'd never heard of it before, despite growing up very nearby.
"Imagine the surprise when every piece of “ancient” carbon tested has contained measurable quantities of radiocarbon! Fossils, coal, oil, natural gas, limestone, marble, and graphite from every Flood-related rock layer—and even some pre-Flood deposits—have all contained measurable quantities of radiocarbon (figure 6). All these results have been reported in the conventional scientific literature."
YEC Geo's insight:
Includes surprising information about C-14 in coal that I was not aware of.
I continue to be astonished that people, otherwise intelligent people, are so committed to a materialist narrative or so naïve about systems engineering, that they think complex, integrated, functional systems can be built through random changes.
Nobody thinks this in the real world — not with bench science and with actual applications. They would be laughed out of a job.
The game is divided into 5 categories of triggers for taking “shots”: (1) Dogmatism, (2) Scientism/Naturalism/Atheism, (3) Nature Worship, (4) Environmental Alarmism, and (5) Shameless, Lameness, and Political Correctness.
"Since it became an independent nation 52 years ago, Singapore has, through assiduous land reclamation, grown in size by almost a quarter: to 277 square miles from 224. By 2030, the government wants Singapore to measure nearly 300 square miles.
But reclaiming land from the ocean has its limits, particularly in an age of a warming planet."
Looking for the clearest amber on Earth? A new study shows that Dominican Republic amber is clear enough to see what's inside. Apparently, ancient parasitic protozoans loved to live inside intact red blood cells.
"There's about a billion tons of CO2 in this mountain," he said, pointing off to the east.
Rain and springs pull carbon from the exposed mantle to form stalactites and stalagmites in mountain caves. Natural pools develop surface scum of white carbonate. Scratch off this thin white film, Kelemen said, and it'll grow back in a day.
"For a geologist this is supersonic," he said.
YEC Geo's insight:
Rock literally sucks carbon dioxide out of the air!
If tree resin has such preservation qualities, couldn’t that be tested in the lab? Couldn’t a tick engorged with blood be dropped into liquid tree sap and examined after a year to measure decay rates? Wouldn’t it be better to have some actual measurement data instead of assertions by evolutionists that things can last millions of years?
YEC Geo's insight:
RIght on target for April: the fourth discovery, that I know of, of preserved biologic material that's supposedly millions of years old.
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