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Critique of "A young-Earth creationist magmatic model for the origin of evaporites"

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A Christian evolutionist geologist's critical response to Sjef Heerema's salt formation hypothesis.

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Theory of igneous origin for massive salt formations

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I read this article a couple of years ago and was extremely intrigued by the idea that salt formations could have an igneous origin.  Intuitively, it makes a lot of sense, and accounts for the lack of fossils or sedimentary strata within many salts, which would not seem plausible within the long time necessitated by an evaporitic model. 

 

It also makes sense that the heat from saline magmas would play a part in "cooking" the contiguous shales and sediments into the oil-producing  formations so common in salt basins.

 

The author now has a youtube presentation covering his theory in more detail, which I highly recommend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfN0MIOnRNQ

 

It's hard to look at the drill cores of pure salt depicted in the video, and envision all those layers slowly accumulating under atmospheric conditions without acquiring any contamination at all.  One only has to visit some of the great salt playas of the American southwest to recognize how implausible such a situation really is.

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