Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 4, 2022

Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Rock Layers

(4 Minute Read. 4May2022)

The Bible clearly and unambiguously records an amazing truth:
Noah’s Flood was global!
Does evidence exist today of a worldwide flood?

What about rock layers? A flood of water engulfing the entire globe surely would have left geologic evidence of such a disaster. Is there geologic evidence in rock layers today that a flood once covered the entire earth?

Folded Rock Layers

Sedimentary rock layers are water-borne sediments of mud and sand which have been deposited and then solidified. Earth has tens of thousands of feet of sedimentary rock layers, but no single location has all the layers and thicknesses vary.

Folded and bent layers are common. You may have seen examples along a highway where the road has been cut through a hill. It is astonishing to observe that the rock layers were bent without cracking!

Think back to your childhood when you were making dirt roads for toy cars or a playground for your dolls. Suppose you needed a smooth chute, tunnel, or slide, and suppose you borrowed one of your mother’s fine china plates to carefully fold to make a nice channeled ramp for matchbox cars or a slide for little dolls.

What would happen when you folded your mother’s plate? Regardless of whether it was folded slowly or quickly, it would shatter. Even if enclosed by pliable pressure liners, the plate would get busted. And you could not repair it. Your mother’s set of fine china is now missing a plate.

The same thing happens with rock layers. When bent, solid rock layers shatter.

How is it possible for stacks of sedimentary rock layers in canyons and mountain ranges to bend and fold without cracking, breaking, and fracturing? The only way is if they were rapidly laid down by a flood and then deformed while still wet before drying and solidifying.

Bent and folded rock layers are evidence of Noah’s Flood. The walls of most canyons, and in particular Arizona’s Grand Canyon, exhibit many bent and folded layers. The Grand Canyon even has 90-degree folds with no fracturing at the fold.

Mountain ranges throughout the world also have enormous sedimentary rock layers which have been bent and folded without breaking. Evolutionary geologists say the layers were deposited and hardened millions of years before the mountains were uplifted. This is nonsense! The unbroken folded and bent layers show this theory does not make sense. These sediments were laid down by Noah’s Flood and then bent and folded while still wet, soft, and pliable as the mountains were uplifted near the end of the Flood year.

Transcontinental Rock Layers

Every continent has sedimentary rock layers stretching across most of the continent. Some of the layers cover an entire continent, and some layers can be traced through several continents.

These are water-borne sediments laid down by a flood. Their global character indicates a global flood.

Six thick layers in Arizona’s Grand Canyon can be traced continuing across North America. The limestone layers also appear in England containing the same fossils as in the Grand Canyon.

The chalk beds of southern England (white cliffs of Dover) can be traced west into Ireland. They also appear in the American Midwest from Nebraska to Texas. They appear in Western Australia in the Perth Basin. These same chalk beds occur in Europe and the Middle East in France, Holland, Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Israel, and Egypt.

These worldwide chalk beds all have the same characteristic strata above and beneath them, and they have the same fossils embedded within. These identical global beds signal a worldwide flood that deposited them.

Coal beds stretching across America and throughout Europe into Russia share the same plant fossils. Coal beds of the southern hemisphere throughout South America, Australia, Antarctica, India, and South Africa are part of a different massive coal bed as they share the same plant fossils, but different ones from the northern hemisphere coal beds.

Layer Boundaries

If the sedimentary rock layers were really laid down successively over millions of years as evolutionists say, the boundaries between layers should show evidence of erosion and age. But this is not what geologists find. In almost all cases, the boundaries are flat, knife-edge abutments with no evidence of erosion, weathering, or plant growth.

There is almost a mile of exposed sedimentary rock layers in Arizona’s Grand Canyon. If these layers were deposited over 500 million plus years as evolutionary geologists believe, one would expect to see evidence of erosion and age at layer boundaries as layers sat exposed for long periods before the next layer was deposited.

But this is not what people see. The existing evidence is consistent with an enormous flood depositing water-borne sediments rapidly one after the other. This is what would have happened in the year-long worldwide flood of Noah’s day as the swollen oceans washed over continents and around and around the earth.

Sandstone Towers

There are examples in the American West of white sandstone towers that have erupted through other, darker-colored sandstone layers. The composition of the sandstone in the tower is the same as the underlying sandstone layer beneath the darker layer. This indicates the bottom layer was still fluid when forced through the overlying layer.

These intruding sandstone towers are strong evidence for rapid deposition of fluid layers without millions of years in between.

In Conclusion . . .

Was the Flood a catastrophic worldwide deluge, or was it only local? Your answer profoundly affects Creation/Evolution perspectives and radically impacts worldview. Only one answer fits the geological evidence.

Sedimentary rock layers are water-borne sediments of mud and sand which have solidified. Some sedimentary layers tens of feet thick extend multi-state; others span continents. Only a global flood would have the power to erode, transport, and deposit such immense quantities of sediment. Sedimentary rock layers covering continents proclaim that a flood once covered the continents. Such regional and continental deposits are found worldwide and indicate a global flood.

Often sedimentary strata are not flat. Very thick layers have been bent and folded without any cracking or breaking. This folding must have occurred before mud and sand layers hardened, implying rapid deposition by a flood. Great mountain chains such as the Himalayas, Alps, Appalachians, and Rockies are sedimentary rock deposited by the Flood which buckled up afterwards.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.
(Psalm 104:6-9)

Questions to Ponder

1. How can geologists ignore so much evidence for a global flood?
2. What is God doing in your life that you are choosing to ignore?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

This is the 14th in a series of articles on Noah. This Noah Series will suggest answers to many of the questions believers and skeptics have about Noah, Noah’s Ark, and Noah’s Flood.
Read the prequels:
1. Think You Know Noah?
2. Did Jesus Think Noah Was Real?
3. How Long Did It Take Noah to Build the Ark?
4. Could Noah Build the Ark in 75 Years?
5. How Big Was Noah’s Ark?
6. Were Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
7. Could Noah Fit All the Animals on the Ark?
8. What Was Noah’s Flood Like?
9. Was Noah’s Flood Global or Local?
10. Life on Noah’s Ark
11. Were Zebras on Noah’s Ark?
12. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Canyons
13. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Fossils

Read the sequel:
15. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Worldwide Memories

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Wednesday May 4, 2022 A.D.

Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.
(Genesis 6:13-17)

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