Seed Germination, Sea Water, and Plant Survival in the Great Flood


George F. Howe

Seeds from the fruits of five different species and families of flowering plants were tested for germination after prolonged periods of soaking in sea water, fresh water, and mixed water baths. Seeds from three out of these five species germinated and grew after 140 days of soaking in each of the solutions mentioned. The effect of the Genesis Flood upon seed plant life in general is discussed. Several means of plant survival both inside and outside the ark are evaluated. On the basis of present experiments and those of Charles Darwin, it is concluded that seeds from many plants may have resisted the direct contact of flood waters and germinated vigorously after the waters subsided from the surface of the earth. Several unanswered questions and areas for further study are enumerated