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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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In Washington state, the spirit of the Elwha River flows again

In Washington state, the spirit of the Elwha River flows again | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
In Washington state, the spirit of the Elwha River is flowing again.
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Fascinating reportage on the destruction of an old dam in Washington state. The picture above is of the partially destroyed dam.

 

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"One morning I walked out onto the bed of Lake Aldwell, which had drained months earlier, with the destruction of the Elwha Dam. The place was a moonscape: a mucky 300-acre expanse with almost no vegetation save for these weird shoreline formations that reminded me of the Truffula Trees in Dr. Seuss’s book “The Lorax.” Atop bare, spindly six-foot-high stumps, once underwater, there were small, delicate tufts of dirt sprouting baby trees: maples and alder. Meanwhile, the land surrounding the trees was such a geologic freak show that it lured 150 or so Olympic National Park visitors in tour groups each weekend last summer.

 

“You’ve got geology happening at lightning speed here,” explained my tour guide, Pat Crain, a fisheries biologist for the park. “Two weeks ago” — he gestured toward rapids in the river — “this was a quiet pool where fish spawned. Now all the nests have been scoured out. In other places, sediments are depositing. The river’s changing course. It used to be running over there, about a half-mile away, on the other side of the lakebed. Then it moved — the river is so dynamic. We’ve got our own Grand Canyon forming right before our eyes.” "

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Pakistan earthquake and its new island

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A magnitude 7.7-7.8 earthquake hit Pakistan today with an epicenter at about 15 km depth. ...

 

As this unfolds, an intriguing observation with speculations has hit the news--a mysterious island has risen from the ocean. It is reported to be 20-40 feet high and about 100 feet wide and lies about 350 feet out in the sea from the Gwadar coast (these numbers are very tentative--one report says that it's a mile out to sea, which seems more consistent with the picture that I've included above). It appears to be several hundred miles from the epicenter.

YEC Geo's insight:

The blogger has a new book coming out in October called "The Dynamics of Disaster"...sounds interesting.

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Tas Walker: Dinosaurs caught fleeing rising waters

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"Researcher Paul McCarthy, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said the footprints were abundant: “We found dinosaur footprints by the scores on literally every outcrop we stopped at.” This is certainly represents unusual behaviour and unique conditions that were present at the time.

 

Preserved in strata classified as Cretaceous, the dino prints were described as ‘natural casts’ formed after the creatures stepped in mud, and sand filled in their footprints. Crew member Pat Druckenmiller said this resulted in fossils that look like “blobs with toes.”

 

It’s clear that the prints were preserved in most unusual conditions. There could not have been much time between the animal stepping in the mud and the sand filling in the depression, otherwise the print would have eroded away. And the thickness of the strata indicate that the water level was rising, allowing space for more sediment to be deposited on top."

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Google Earth Art

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I was inspired by this article -- http://sco.lt/6dPMLh -- to play around with Paint.net and screen shots of Google Earth.

 

This is my first experiment.  I call it, "Valentine--Rocky Mountain Front, CO"

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11 Shocking Google Earth Before-and-After Photos

11 Shocking Google Earth Before-and-After Photos | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
With Google Earth's sliding time-lapse tool, you'll see the shocking effects of bustling development, natural disasters, explosions and terror attacks.
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The Church at the Bottom of the World

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Another church on a rock.

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Geology in Motion: Super Typhoon Usagi nears Philippines. What is a super typhoon?

Geology in Motion: Super Typhoon Usagi nears Philippines. What is a super typhoon? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Typhoon Usagi is targeting the Philippines and Taiwan.  It is expected to become merely a severe typhoon when it hits China, right at Hong Kong. "

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Dinosaurs Inside Out

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"Last year saw the publication of two of the most beautiful and significant paleoart books in recent memory – Dinosaur Art and All Yesterdays. Each in their own way, the books presented stunning scenes from the ancient past and explained the artistic decisions behind each piece. Yet while both books can be enjoyed by a variety of audiences, they are primarily geared towards older readers. That’s why I’m glad to see Catherine Thimmesh bring some of the same behind-the-scenes paleoart detail to her new young reader’s book 'Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled.' ".

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Structuralism: A New Anti-Darwinian Paradigm?

Structuralism: A New Anti-Darwinian Paradigm? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Why do whale flippers, bat wings, crocodile claws, and human hands all have five digits? Why not three, four, six, or seven?
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Brian Thomas reviews a new theory from Michael Denton, he of "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis" fame.  Denton rejects the Darwinian explanation that outside factors shape organisms' features, and proposes an innate structuralism.  

 

However, Denton's new paradigm still begs the question of why information is embedded in the genetic code. If he's just proposing another version of the theory thatapparent design arises from randmonmess, it's just the old cookie box in a new wrapper.

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Accelerated Radioactive Decay?

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Jay Wile critiques a study that supposedly decreased the half-life of uranium 232 by a factor of 49,680,000,000.

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All that remains: Fossil finds

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A wrap-up of cool recent fossil finds, including the above image from a woolly mammoth fossil uncovered during an excavation of Roman ruins--no statement as to the stratigraphic relationships of the fossil to the archaeology, which would be very interesting.

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Darwinist Intolerance Is Intensifying

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Some recent cases of intolerance against Darwin skeptics are so extreme, they defy all logic or propriety. Yet when Darwinists promote radical ideas, they get a pass.
YEC Geo's insight:

My pet peeve.  For those who support the prevailing paradigm, driving debate underground does nothing to enhance their credibility, and only increases the chances of looking like a fool to future generations.  Who, for example, has a good opinion now of the doctors who denied Joseph Lister's theory of antiseptic surgery in the 1800s?

It appears the only ones able to stand up successfully against the evolution lobby in a public platform are those with nothing to lose

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Wrong: Al Gore Predicted Arctic Summer Ice Could Disappear In 2013

Wrong: Al Gore Predicted Arctic Summer Ice Could Disappear In 2013 | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013” that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off… by 920,000 square miles.

 

In his Dec. 10, 2007 “Earth has a fever” speech, Gore referred to a prediction by U.S. climate scientist Wieslaw Maslowski that the Arctic’s summer ice could “completely disappear” by 2013 due to global warming caused by carbon emissions. ...

 

However, instead of completely melting away, the polar icecap is at now at its highest level for this time of year since 2006.

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This demonstrates to me the pitfalls involved in making predictions about enormously complex feedback-driven systems like the atmosphere.

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Dana’s Super-Awesome Mount St. Helens Field Trip Guide III: Coldwater Lake

Dana’s Super-Awesome Mount St. Helens Field Trip Guide III: Coldwater Lake | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Right. On with our Mount St. Helens field trip extravaganza."

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Great descriptor of the area around Mt. St. Helens, with interesting factoids not easily obtained elsewhere.

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Telling the Story of Creation Today (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

Telling the Story of Creation Today (Genesis 1:1-6:8) | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"For more than a century now, Jews have not known quite what to do about creation. Genesis 1 is a lovely story. We enjoy reading it, even chanting aloud, "There was evening and there was morning, the first day... the second day," and so on. The story leads up to Shabbat, and we retell the last part of it each Friday night as we raise our cup of wine to sanctify the seventh day. "Heaven and earth were finished, they and all their hosts." "

YEC Geo's insight:

Something I haven't seen before--Jewish commentary on the tension between evolution and Genesis.

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A giant cause

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"Water left telltale signs all over the lava flows."

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Interesting reinterpretation of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Island from a young earth-catastrophist view. 

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Art - Strange Google Earth maps ∴

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Art (Latin Ars artis skill, craft, technical knowledge ) is a human activity, the product of that activity or idea we have of it, is to arrange these elements deliberately, turning to the senses, emotions and intellect.
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Falcon UAV drones assisting with flooding in Colorado - until FEMA stops them

Falcon UAV drones assisting with flooding in Colorado - until FEMA stops them | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
A few days ago we shared the Boulder, Colorado crisis response map with you, as the area is continuing to be inundated with rain and flooding.  As they continue to fight the water, another interesting battle is emerging: Falcon UAV against the U.S.
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Chapel on the Rock survives massive rock and mudslide

Chapel on the Rock survives massive rock and mudslide | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"When the slide reached the bottom of the valley it had taken everything in its path, everything save for the Chapel on the Rock. The water, mud and debris reached the rock and then went around it."

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Pretty amazing story--church in the shadow of Mt. Meeker in Rocky Mountain National Park survives a quarter-mile wide mudslide untouched.

 

Nearby, a sign pointing out the "John Paul II Trailhead," which had been hiked in 1993 by the late Pontiff, escaped damage, while just a few feet away, trees were torn out by the slide

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Rocks and Rain • Colorado College

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First year students at Colorado College get more than they bargained for in their geology class.

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Geotripper: Into the Great Unknown: Vulcan the Fire God says "You Call That Little Piece of Concrete a Dam?"

Geotripper: Into the Great Unknown: Vulcan the Fire God says "You Call That Little Piece of Concrete a Dam?" | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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Wow--incredible pictures of a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon, and an interesting discussion on the possibility of catastrophic flooding caused by failure of lava dams.  The purplish rock above is a lava flow sitting on the horizontally bedded strata in the canyon walls.

 

Two things spring to mind--first, it's easy to see that the canyon was already eroded when the lava flowed, because the flow conforms to the topography of the canyon wall.   Secondly, check out the vertical face of that lava flow. Did a big slab fall off, or was it eroded away?

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Kelp dropstones

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Dropstones from kelp could have been deposited into fine-grained sediments during the Flood and their modern interpretation would have nothing to do with ancient glaciations.
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DNA in Amber Doesn’t Last Long

DNA in Amber Doesn’t Last Long | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Claims of ancient DNA hundreds of thousands of years old may be false. No DNA was found in an insect encased in amber said to be 10,600 years old.
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Adds more fuel to the ongoing debate over preservation of biomolecules in specimens presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old.

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Researcher trying to identify, date dinosaur fossil found in state park outside Las Vegas

Researcher trying to identify, date dinosaur fossil found in state park outside Las Vegas | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
A Nevada paleontologist said Monday that he thinks apparent dinosaur bone fossils found at a state park about 20 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip could date to the late Triassic period and might be the oldest land animal ever found in the state.
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Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park are two outstanding natural areas not far from Vegas, and well worth seeing.  Don't forget the Hoover Dam as well!

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Dinosaur disarray

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"The evidence indicates that the dinosaur remains were quickly and deeply entombed in sediments deposited by water. It is highly unlikely that either the multiple-flood or the multiple-drought interpretation would result in dinosaurs being fossilized in rock as we find them at Dinosaur National Monument.

 

On the other hand, a global-scale flood, such as the Flood of Noah recorded in the book of Genesis, with its associated volcanic activity, is a likely candidate. But under this scenario, how can the dismembered remains mixed up with whole, articulated skeletons be explained?"

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