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Findings That Comport With Genesis

Findings That Comport With Genesis | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Some recent scientific reports fit with a designed, recent creation, and do not fit with evolution."

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When discussing scientific theories, it's more accurate to speak of evidence that is consistent with a hypothesis rather than evidence that proves a hypothesis.  Here, David Coppedge gives a  round up of recent scientific findings that are consistent with a young age for the earth and a one-time appearance of all living things, with built-in but limited potential for variation.

 

I like Coppedge's statement that "...findings should fit, rather than surprise, one's worldview.  In science, the fewer "auxiliary hypotheses" needed to force a finding into one's web of belief, the better."

 

Image credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunrise_Over_the_South_Pacific_Ocean.jpg

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Bloody Mosquito Fossil Supports Recent Creation

Bloody Mosquito Fossil Supports Recent Creation | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Scientists recently found blood remnants in a mosquito fossil trapped in a supposed 46-million-year-old rock. Could blood really last that long?"

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5 Fun Ways to Decorate your House on Street View

5 Fun Ways to Decorate your House on Street View | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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Example, shown above:  Cheetos-Project TP allows you to bombard a location with toilet paper and get a link to share the results with friends.

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Assessing Online Sources

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Tweet from Earth Pics (screenshot preserved for when it gets taken down).  Retweeted over 1,000 times in the first hour.


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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:10 PM

Real or not"  Ireland or Tahiland?  Photoshopped or not? - check the length and shape of the shadow!. 

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

students need to be very careful in the type of sources that they used to glean information. People can manipulate photos and suggest things as fact when they are completetly made up. It is understandable that Wikipedia can not be used as an entireyl reliable source because people have access to add whatever they want to the content matter. Photoshop and other online tools can be used to trick people into beleiving certain things. This photo claiming to be from ireland is really from Thailand is a small island but the castle itself on the top os photoshoped and the image was retweeded like crazy within the first hor. wee must check our sources and make sure that we are getting good primary or at least good secondary services from legit websites.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 5:08 PM

This just shows that you can't believe everything you see on the internet. In this picture it is said to be of an island in Ireland but in reality it is in Thailand. People believe what they want to believe.

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Wall of rock rises out of the ground in the Philippines: new fault triggered large quake

Wall of rock rises out of the ground in the Philippines: new fault triggered large quake | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Residents stand next to a long earthen wall which formed following the Oct. 15 earthquake in Barangay Anonang in Inabanga, Bohol. Phivolcs scientists said the wall is the face of a previously unknown fault line which caused the magnitude 7.2 quake."

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‘Fracking risks ending of life on Еarth as we know it’

‘Fracking risks ending of life on Еarth as we know it’ | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The benefits of hydraulic fracturing in terms of job creation and meeting energy demands have been drastically exaggerated, while the consequences of the controversial practice could prove cataclysmic, geopolitical commentator Ian Crane told RT.
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Really?

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Testimony of noble gas

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Argon diffusion data from the site where the RATE project gathered its helium diffusion data confirms the earth is young
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Technical article showing how conventional geologic data have surprisingly validated a creationist conclusion..

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Was the Medieval “Little Ice Age” Triggered by an Indonesian Volcano?

Was the Medieval “Little Ice Age” Triggered by an Indonesian Volcano? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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"The Little Ice Age was several centuries of global cooling that began in medieval times and ended by about 1850. Scientists have for three decades debated just when the Little Ice Age began and what caused it. A nice bit of climatologic detective work published in 2012 and 2013 appears to have unraveled the conundrum. The work involves scientific analysis of the evidence left behind in the ice and climate models corroborated by historical records written on palm leaves. "

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Geology Of The British Isles Captured In Durham University Sculpture

Geology Of The British Isles Captured In Durham University Sculpture | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Called 'What Lies Beneath Us,' the map – the first of its kind in the country - is made of different rocks representing the geology of the country."

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Talk about an interactive map--you can walk on this one!

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A long way home with help from Google Earth

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"In 1986, a five-year-old boy named Saroo Munshi Khan accidentally fell asleep on a stationary train in India. He woke up hours later, alone and in an unfamiliar place. This fateful train ride ripped Saroo away from his home and family. For more than a quarter century, he searched for them before finding his way back home with the help of Google Earth."

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Saroo has now written a book, "A Long Way Home," about his incredible journey.

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Frozen in stone

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The wooden waterwheel at Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia was covered in limestone rock in just decades.
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I love these rapid rock formation articles--they're so contrary to my still-ingrained mindset that rock diagenesis takes eons to occur.

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Actor Dan Aykroyd Digging for Fossils

Actor Dan Aykroyd Digging for Fossils | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Lookin' good, Louis!

Dan Aykroyd and his daughters dig for fossils to support the future Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Canada.

 

One dollah for the museum, anyone?

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Central Arizona Geology Club: Lower Antelope Canyon Flood Page, Arizona

Central Arizona Geology Club: Lower Antelope Canyon Flood Page, Arizona | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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Another cool video of the recent flash flood in the famous Antelope slot canyon.

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Review of original tissue in fossils

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Brian Thomas of ICR provides the most comprehensive review yet of the state of soft tissue research.  A must read.

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5 Fun Ways To Destroy Your House on Street View

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...more jolly fun with Google Maps.

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Geoscience Graduates' 2013 Salaries

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"Here above from a recent publication, 2013 Status of Recent Geosciences Graduates,  from the American Geosciences Institute are salaries of recent geosciences graduates."

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Every graduate making an annual salary of more than $90,000 found a job in the petroleum industry.

 

However, before you run off to sign up for a geology degree in the hopes of finding a high-paying job in the oilfield, remember--this is most definitely a boom-and-bust profession.  I lived through the crash of the early 80's, when the ongoing joke was:

"What do you call a petroleum geologist in Midland, TX?

 

...Waiter, waiter!"

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Hoodoo Toppled by Utah Scout Leader Explained

Hoodoo Toppled by Utah Scout Leader Explained | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Utah Boy Scout leaders who filmed themselves knocking over the top of a rock formation called a hoodoo have faced a firestorm of criticism. An expert weighs in.
YEC Geo's insight:

I find it interesting that the professor consulted here talks about the "gradual process of erosion [of the hoodoos] that began about 25 million years ago."  If the process was gradual, what happened to the sandstone that eroded away? What kind of gradual processes could have produced both the relatively flat basin floors and the steep slopes of the rock faces in the background?

 

To me, this landscape is much more evocative of the types of erosion features left behind by massive amounts of rushing water, such as the dam breach captured in this video: http://vimeo.com/31305629 -- check out the form of the eroded riverbed between 1:38 & 1:41 minutes.

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Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory

Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Scientists previously uncovered fossil algae in Archean rocks—evidence of life in a period that evolutionists date from 3.0 to 3.5 billion years ago. At that supposed time, the sun would have been 70 percent less luminous compared to today, making Earth's surface icy and uninhabitable.

 

But if those rocks are truly 3.0 to 3.5 billion years old, the meager solar energy delivered by the younger sun at that time would have prevented algae or any other life form from growing.

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Like the wine? Thank an earth scientist

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Wine-makers say that grapes have to suffer if they are going to produce a fine wine. Here's the guy who helps pick really tough places for the vines to grow.
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A geologist who treads the intersection of terrain and terroir.

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Pictures of the Day from the Utah Geological Survey

Pictures of the Day from the Utah Geological Survey | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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A daily blog of yummy geology photos from the Geological Survey of one of the most geologically spectacular of the lower 48 states.

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Mosquito Fossil Found With Intact Heme from Blood

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A blood-gorged mosquito said to be 46 million years old has been found in Montana shale, retaining hemoglobin from its last blood meal.
YEC Geo's insight:

The article concludes:

 

"This finding, interesting while not spectacular, adds to the long list of evidence of remarkable preservation of original tissue in fossils thought to be tens of millions of years old.  Enough of this evidence could tip opinion away from the dogma of long ages.  We offer it not as proof, but as support for a growing body of evidence against millions of years. 

 

It was not that long ago when fossil-hunters taught that all primordial biological material would have been replaced by stone in just thousands of years.  Each of these falsifications of that notion has come as a surprise. 

 

From this paper, we have the evolutionists’ word that DNA cannot last long enough to be found in dinosaur bone.  Time to look for what the experts consider impossible. "

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Street View Lands in Iceland

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"Iceland now has Street View! Coverage seems to be pretty extensive, with all the major Icelandic towns now having panoramic imagery on Google Maps.

Iceland's fantastic volcanic countryside also seems to have pretty good coverage. So if you fancy a quiet Friday night, load up Google Maps, grab the yellow pegman and start searching the Icelandic landscape for volcanoes and geysers."

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Yummy!

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Holy Rock! Gibraltar, the Mother of All Territorial Disputes

Holy Rock! Gibraltar, the Mother of All Territorial Disputes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Geology predestined Gibraltar to greatness. Half the territory is taken up by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 1,400-foot-high, cave-riddled limestone monolith that is the only landmark for miles in either direction along the coast.   ...  Sitting at the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and Africa and Europe, this tiny peninsula acts as a geopolitical safety catch."

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Interesting geopolitical analysis.

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5 Tools To Take An Auto-Guided Google Street View Tour

5 Tools To Take An Auto-Guided Google Street View Tour | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Google Maps is a nifty navigation tool and all the information embedded in the maps make it a great travel guide, too. Now you can even set Street View on auto-pilot and let it take you on the world’s most scenic drives. Here are 5 tools that make this possible."

YEC Geo's insight:

Google. Maps. Geek. Out.

 

I tried one of the tools featured in this post, the Gaiagi Driving Simulator, driving from Ten Sleep, WY, to Buffalo, WY, one of the most spectacular geologic drives around--see the screenshot above.  You get four views, 3-d Google Earth (top left), plan view in Google Maps (top right, I changed it to terrain view), Google Maps street view (lower left), and a Bing Maps view (lower right).  You can adjust the speed of your nifty little red car (see upper right box), and you can pause to pan and zoom in the different views.

 

I can see a lot of usefulness in this tool for taking screenshots of geologically interesting roadcuts and setting them in context with a plan view map.

 

Plus, you can change your vehicle to anything from a police car to a camper van.  Try taking a van down the Moki Dugway in Utah! (google it to see the drive I'm talking about)

 

 

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Geology | Creation Science 4 Kids

Geology | Creation Science 4 Kids | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

An excellent collection of geology-themed posts from a creationist blogger who writes for a young audience. 

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Good explanations of several flood geology topics, including some that I haven't seen before.  Sample:

 

"Now here’s something odd I ran into learning about earthquakes and electricity. There’s a study done that’s so popular you can find a dozen webpages quoting it.  [The study says the scientist] "found no [electrical] discharges from rocks soaked in the type of brine found at earthquake epicenter depths, presumably because the salty brine [water] short circuits the current."

 

I have every respect for this scientist and what he found is sure to be true the way he did the test. But, we know something is allowing electricity to flow for up to 100 km [60 miles] through rocks with lots of brine-filled cracks.

 

We can only find two options for getting that electricity through: the rocks themselves and the water and we’re pretty sure the rocks aren’t good at carrying electricity. There’s even a company developing ways to use the earth’s brine to generate electricity.

 

Turns out the amount of electricity water lets through (conducts) depends a lot on what’s dissolved in it and even how warm the water is. For example, sea water (not as salty as earth brine) is about a 1,000 times more conductive than drinking water.

 

So, we know brine can carry electricity, but it wouldn’t cooperate for the scientist doing that study."

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