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Folds and flat gaps: A YEC perspective

Folds and flat gaps:  A YEC perspective | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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To me, it beggars belief to suppose that these sorts of folds formed slowly from consolidated layers over millions of years.

 

Paraconformities are an even tougher sell--how could flat gaps between layers persist over millions of years, especially when you look at the eroded surface of the earth today?

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Best evidences that confirm a young earth: (#2) Bent Rock Layers

Best evidences that confirm a young earth: (#2) Bent Rock Layers | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
In many mountainous areas, rock layers thousands of feet thick have been bent and folded without fracturing. How can that happen if they were laid down separately over hundreds of millions of years?
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Friday fold: Neoacadian Inner Piedmont trip, part IV: Migmatitic metagraywacke

Friday fold: Neoacadian Inner Piedmont trip, part IV: Migmatitic metagraywacke | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
For the Friday fold, let’s examine an outcrop we saw late in the day on my pre-GSA-Charlotte field trip to the Inner Piedmont of North Carolina.

 

Again, I would love to know what structural geologists think the rates of folding were for rocks like this.

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Friday fold: soft sed def in Kodiak - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere

Friday fold: soft sed def in Kodiak - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Luscious soft sediment deformation--hard to envisage how similar type folds found in lithified rocks could have formed post-lithification.  Compare with here:

 

http://blogs.agu.org/mountainbeltway/2012/06/29/friday-fold-franciscan-chert-in-golden-gate-park/

 

and here:

 

http://blogs.agu.org/mountainbeltway/2010/12/21/gosf3-chert/

 

and here:

 

http://blogs.agu.org/mountainbeltway/2012/06/08/friday-fold-5/

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Friday fold: Mosaic Canyon Monster - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere

Friday fold: Mosaic Canyon Monster - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Wild, eh? That’s an extraordinarily messed up rock. “Goopey” is the adjective that comes to mind to describe how this rock behaved during deformation."

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Friday fold: Hoerikwaggo Trail 5 - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere

Friday fold: Hoerikwaggo Trail 5 - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Mountain Beltway does Table Mountain, South Africa, and notices some pretty significant deformation. 

 

Interestingly, there are some pretty significant water gaps in the area,  strongly suggesting the activity of post-deformational erosion.

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Folded sediments from the Welsh coast | Metageologist

Folded sediments from the Welsh coast | Metageologist | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"These rocks are barely metamorphosed, they are in essences still layers of sandstone."

 

Still difficult to understand is how the infinitesimally slow processes of ridge push are able to deform thick sediments like these over vast ages of time without significantly changing their structure or chemical composition.  (see http://www.scoop.it/t/conformable-contacts/p/2296809978/good-analysis-of-the-challenges-that-folded-mountains-present-to-conventional-geologists)

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Good analysis of the challenges that folded mountains present to conventional geologists

Good analysis of the challenges that folded mountains present to conventional geologists | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Done for kids, on a YEC website, but the analysis is solid and there are lots of good links.

 

The other issue that folded mountain ranges present for traditional old-earth geologists is the ubiquity of water gaps to be found in them.  I've been doing some work on this, and I will step out on a limb here and predict that if a folded mountain range exists, there will be water gaps in it.  See my other comments on water gaps here:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/conformable-contacts?tag=water+gaps,

http://www.scoop.it/t/conformable-contacts/p/1848407075/classic-gap-country

http://www.scoop.it/t/conformable-contacts/p/1848360089/mind-the-gap

 

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