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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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Dazzling Diamonds by Special Delivery

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“Diamonds are forever,” the saying goes. But, in fact, they are not stable, at least in the heat and pressures inside the earth. They can survive in only a narrow zone known as “the diamond stability zone.” At higher or lower depths, they quickly break down into graphite, the soft (and more stable) form of pure carbon used in pencils. In addition to being unstable, diamonds need just the right conditions to form. That explains why they are so rare.

So how did diamonds form inside the earth, and then pass through all those destructive zones without breaking down into graphite?
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Creation in depth: Grand Canyon age controversy

Creation in depth: Grand Canyon age controversy | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Despite Grand Canyon being an icon for uniformitarian geology, many aspects of the canyon have been difficult to explain within that paradigm. One of those challenges is the origin of Grand Canyon.


A second challenge, the subject of this paper, is the uniformitarian dates assigned to its erosion, assuming the geological column. After believing the canyon was 70 million years old, assuming the antecedent stream hypothesis, the Muddy Creek Formation in the Las Vegas area was subsequently dated to only 6 million years old.


But this ‘young’ date has been recently challenged by researchers using new dating methods, the apatite fission track and the (U–Th)/He thermochronometry methods, both of which have their own methodological challenges.


Although the actual dates obtained using these techniques have varied, researchers have concluded that the canyon was mostly eroded around 70 million years ago and that dinosaurs may have seen the canyon. This shocking and contradictory result is being attacked by those who believe that the canyon is much younger. The dispute is described in this paper."

YEC Geo's insight:
The world's most interesting water gap.
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Men cite themselves more than women do

Men cite themselves more than women do | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Men cite their own papers 56% more than women on average, according to an analysis of 1.5 million studies published between 1779 and 2011.
YEC Geo's insight:
An interesting (and easy to accomplish) piece of research.
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Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man National Historical Park | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Greater Boston area, encompassing the eastern third of Massachusetts, is a playground for the American history enthusiast. Sites important to the American Revolutionary War are interspersed throughout the modern-day metropolitan region; the view from space shows how preserved historic landscapes coexist with the new.
YEC Geo's insight:
For Independence Day.

See page 10 of this download for an interesting overview of the geomorphology of the Park: http://npshistory.com/publications/mima/Archeological_Overview_Assessment.pdf

Apparently, the Park, as well as Thoreau's Walden Pond, were both built on the site of an ancient glacial lake.
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Scientists find 'water windfall' beneath California's Central Valley

Scientists find 'water windfall' beneath California's Central Valley | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"California's drought-stricken Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimated, Stanford scientists have found."

YEC Geo's insight:
There's always a big "but," though.
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Study: Rotting trees caused mysterious holes in huge dunes

Study: Rotting trees caused mysterious holes in huge dunes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
"Mysterious holes that forced the closure of a massive dune at an Indiana national park after a 6-year-old boy fell into one and nearly died were caused by sand-covered trees that left cavities behind as they decayed over the years, researchers have found."
YEC Geo's insight:
What are the implications for the stratigraphic record?
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The women who clean dinosaur bones in the Australian outback

The women who clean dinosaur bones in the Australian outback | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
"For these women, cleaning prehistoric bones provides a sense of purpose in a devastating drought"
YEC Geo's insight:
Scientists weren't interested in the productive fossil find, so the landowners built their own museum.
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You Drank Contraceptives Today and Didn't Even Know It

You Drank Contraceptives Today and Didn't Even Know It | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
You are likely consuming contraceptives whether you know it or not through your drinking water, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.
YEC Geo's insight:
Not sure why the USGS is doing this, but a sobering study, nonetheless.
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Chalk It Up to a Global Flood

Chalk It Up to a Global Flood | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Large creatures, such as this extinct swordfish (Protosphyraena nitida) are buried in chalk layers. The ooze on the ocean floor accumulates too slowly today to bury fish and other large animals before they get eaten or decay. So they must have been buried quickly before decay was possible.
YEC Geo's insight:
List of evidences against the uniformitarian theory of chalk formation.
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New type of meteorite linked to ancient asteroid collision

New type of meteorite linked to ancient asteroid collision | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"An ancient space rock discovered in a Swedish quarry is a type of meteorite never before found on Earth, scientists reported June 14 in the journal Nature Communications."

YEC Geo's insight:
I find the depositional context to be the most interesting aspect of the find.  What kind of limestone?  What are the stratigraphic relationships?
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The awesome wonder of Wilpena Pound

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"Wilpena Pound is a spectacular saucer-shaped plateau perched above the surrounding countryside (figure 1), some 430 km (270 miles) north of Adelaide, South Australia. Ringed by a mountain ridge in the Flinders Ranges, it’s like an enormous amphitheatre."

YEC Geo's insight:
Another in geologist Tas Walker's interpretations of Australian geology from a YEC viewpoint.
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How Do We Know the Age of the Universe?

How Do We Know the Age of the Universe? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"A recent Forbes article, written by the astrophysicist Ethan Siegel, had the provocative title, “How Do We Know the Age of the Universe?” Though there is nothing new in this article, it is a good lay-level discussion of the current understanding of the age of the universe within the big bang model.


Since Forbes is a well-read source, many people who regularly visit the Answers in Genesis website may wonder what the biblical response is; this is a good opportunity to offer some thoughts."

YEC Geo's insight:
Astronomer Danny Faulkner gives a good overview of a highly technical subject.
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Geologists on TV

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A trucker stops along his route to gather rocks that he brings back to his daughter when he gets home. He's working for more than just himself; he's working together with Wells Fargo to save for her future geology degree.
YEC Geo's insight:
Geologists--at least, future ones--are cool enough to make it to TV commercials.  And then there's Tim Allen's geologist wife in the series, "Last Man Standing":  http://abc.go.com/shows/last-man-standing/cast/vanessa-baxter
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Bad Assumptions Confuse Geological Ages and Processes

Bad Assumptions Confuse Geological Ages and Processes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The best models in a scientific field can be overturned at any time when someone takes a critical look at the underlying assumptions.
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Ark Encounter Opens Doors to VIP Guests During Media Preview Day

Ark Encounter Opens Doors to VIP Guests During Media Preview Day | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The Ark Encounter, a life-size version of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky, yesterday welcomed more than 8,300 VIP guests and 150 media representatives prior to the grand opening for the public on July 7.
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Researchers uncover stampede of dinosaur tracks in B.C.

Researchers uncover stampede of dinosaur tracks in B.C. | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
A team of paleontologists and volunteers is at work in northeastern British Columbia, peeling back a layer of dirt to reveal a sandstone shelf containing tens of thousands of dinosaur tracks.
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Dead Sea Receding Shoreline Reveals Amazing Geology

Dead Sea Receding Shoreline Reveals Amazing Geology | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
As the Dead Sea's water level continues to decline, interesting geology comes to light.
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Gateways to nature: 7 Canadian towns on the edge of spectacular wilderness

Gateways to nature: 7 Canadian towns on the edge of spectacular wilderness | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
"Every province and territory — all 13 of them — features some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the world, as well as bustling cities and towns full of culture and action… sometimes right next to each other.

Whether you love to ski, sail, check out the latest bar, or catch a film festival, there are many opportunities to explore Canada’s enormous outdoors while still having access to incredible restaurants, locally-owned stores, and buzzing music and arts venues"
YEC Geo's insight:
We've been to Banff (pictured above) and North Rustico in Prince Edward Island--they are one-of-a-kind, and I'd love to get to some of the other places mentioned here.
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'clock is ticking' on megaquake in Missouri

'clock is ticking' on megaquake in Missouri | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
"While San Andreas and Cascadia are well known for their potential to cause a megaquakes, researchers have warned a little known fault in the midwest is also long overdue a tremor."
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Precambrian Protein Identified

Precambrian Protein Identified | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
They say it’s almost two billion (with a B) years old, yet it resembles modern counterparts.
YEC Geo's insight:
The age range of preserved organic material grows ever longer.

From the article abstract: "Remarkably, amide groups derived from protein compounds can still be detected."

Original article here: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160617/ncomms11977/full/ncomms11977.html
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Geomorphology provides multiple evidences for the global flood

Geomorphology provides multiple evidences for the global flood | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Secular scientists once thought it would be easy to understand the origin of landforms after they rejected the Genesis Flood. In 1909, William Morris Davis, who developed a popular idea for shaping landforms, confidently said:

“an essentially explanatory treatment must in the next century [20th century] be generally adopted in all branches of geographical study …”

But, time did not help them."

YEC Geo's insight:
Best summary ever.  See here for Mike Oard's ebook on flood-based geomorphology:  http://michael.oards.net/GenesisFloodRunoff.htm

Unlike some other flood models that deal with other aspects of geology, I have seen no good refutations of Oard's work.  The problems he addresses were essentially given up on several decades ago.  For example, see how research on peneplains practically disappeared, in the article "Peneplains and plate tectonics," on page 43 of this downloadable pdf:  http://www.esta-uk.net/index_htm_files/TES%20Issue%2035%201.pdf#page=45

The author quotes a 2002 article that says, "‘despite more than a century of effort, no convincing example of a contemporary peneplain has been identified, and the identification of relict peneplains is uncertain and controversial’."
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Yellowstone National Park in 1871 and today

Yellowstone National Park in 1871 and today | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Since it was photographed in 1871, Yellowstone National Park has changed in various ways. A new photo exhibit highlights the changes 140 years later.
YEC Geo's insight:
The surprise is not how much, but how little it's changed.
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Historic fossils find new life telling the story of ancient proteins

Historic fossils find new life telling the story of ancient proteins | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Ancient proteins can be used to place animals on the evolutionary tree, and could offer insights into how life and Earth’s environment have evolved over time. Typically, paleoproteomics relies on fossils collected for the purpose. But in a paper published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) used a fossil collected more than 170 years ago in central New York, and housed at the New York State Museum.
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Huge ancient river basin explains location of the world’s fastest flowing glacier

Huge ancient river basin explains location of the world’s fastest flowing glacier | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
An ancient basin hidden beneath the Greenland ice sheet, discovered by researchers at the University of Bristol, may help explain the location, size and velocity of Jakobshavn Isbræ, Greenland’s fastest flowing outlet glacier.
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What's interesting is that the incised channel predates the glaciation.
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Experiment 'turns waste CO2 to stone'

Experiment 'turns waste CO2 to stone' | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions - just turn them to stone
YEC Geo's insight:
The scientists were amazed at the speed with which the CO2 was converted to limestone--another example of the Principle of Creeping Catastrophism, which states that geological rates tend to increase with increased investigation.
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