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Claim CC331:

Polystrate fossil trees show tree trunks passing through many layers and several meters of sediments. Obviously, the sediments must have been laid down suddenly, not at the gradual rates proposed by uniformitarian geology.


Morris, Henry M. 1985. Scientific Creationism. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, pp. 107-108.
Berg, Randy S., 2005. The "fossil forests" of Nova Scotia: A review of the literature.


  1. Sudden deposition is not a problem for uniformitarian geology. Single floods can deposit sediments up to several feet thick. Furthermore, trees buried in such sediments do not die and decay immediately; the trunks can remain there for years or even decades.


MacRae, Andrew, 1994. "Polystrate" tree fossils.

Birkeland, Bill, 2004, 27 Jan. Fossil soils (paleosols) at Joggins.

Matson, Dave E., 1994. How good are those young-earth arguments?

Further Reading:

Frey, Robert W., 1982. Sedimentology photo. Journal of Sedimentary Petrology 52(2): 614.
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