CRSQ Abstracts, 2017, Volume 54, Number 2 (Fall)


Local Catastrophes or Receding Floodwater? Global Geologic Data that Refute a K-Pg (K-T) Flood/post-Flood Boundary

Timothy L. Clarey

Five major arguments are put forth that challenge the K-Pg boundary as the Flood/post-Flood boundary: (1) the presence of the Paleocene Whopper Sand in the Gulf of Mexico, (2) the tremendous amount of Cenozoic sediment deposited globally, (3) the fact that the thickest and most extensive coal seams are found in Cenozoic sediments globally, (4) the identification of uninterrupted carbonate deposition across the K-Pg boundary upward through Miocene strata across North Africa and the Middle East, including Iraq, and (5) the tremendous amount of rapid ocean crust/seafloor spreading that continued right across the K-Pg boundary and through much of the Cenozoic up to the Pliocene, with no indication of a significant change in velocity. These data collectively establish that the Flood/post-Flood boundary had to have been much higher in the Cenozoic rock record, at least as high as the top of the Miocene. The Tertiary (Paleogene and Neogene) likely represents the receding-water phase of the Flood. The results of this paper also call into question much of the claimed paleontological evidence for a K-Pg Flood/post-Flood boundary, including the evolution-saltation process that has been recently proposed.

Ophiolite Conundrums

Michael J. Oard

Ophiolites are a significant puzzle to both uniformitarian and Flood geologists. Currently thought to represent sections of lower crust and upper mantle thrust onto the continents during subduction by a process known as “obduction,” ophiolites are found around the planet. Uncertainties in uniformitarian explanations are multiplied by the distinct parameters of biblical history, and no Flood model has yet provided a comprehensive explanation.

Groundwater Sapping Does Not Support Millions of Years

Michael J. Oard

Groundwater sapping, or simply sapping, is a slow process of erosion by which some canyons form. It is thought to take tens of thousands to millions of years; however, several classic examples of sapping are found to have been eroded by overland water transport. Examples of these include Box Canyon and Malad Gorge in south central Idaho, basalt canyons in Hawaii, canyons in the Atacama Desert and parts of the Colorado Plateau, including the Grand Canyon area. Overland flow can erode canyons rapidly, in harmony with the biblical timescale.

The “Pacemaker of the Ice Ages” Paper Revisited: Closing a Loophole in the Refutation of a Key Argument for Milankovitch Climate Forcing

Jake Hebert

The 1976 “Pacemaker of the Ice Ages” paper by Hays, Imbrie, and Shackleton largely convinced the secular scientific community that Earth’s orbital and rotational motions are affecting climate. The authors performed power spectrum analyses on variables of presumed climatic significance within two deep-sea Indian Ocean sediment cores, analyses that showed dominant spectral peaks at frequencies corresponding to calculated 100-, 41-, and 23-thousand-year astronomical cycles. Previous research showed serious problems with this paper, as it implicitly assumed an age of 700 thousand years for the Brunhes-Matuyama (B-M) magnetic reversal boundary, rather than the currently-accepted age of 780 thousand years. Furthermore, secular scientists have argued for the existence of discontinuities in the cores that were used either directly or indirectly in the analyses, and they have also made modifications to the data sets used in the Pacemaker analysis. When all these changes are taken into account, the Pacemaker analysis provides no convincing support for the currently-accepted version of the Milankovitch hypothesis. In fact, agreement with Milankovitch expectations is worse than the previously published new results obtained using the reconstructed original data sets.

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