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The Talk.Origins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy

Flood Geology

"Lord, Lord! methought what pain it was to drown:
What dreadful noise of water in mine ears!
What sights of ugly death within mine eyes!"

- William Shakespeare,
King Richard III [1592]
Problems with a Global Flood
This article presents a list of questions that the story of Noah's Ark and a global flood leave unanswered and probably unanswerable, such as: How did all the fish survive? and, When did granite batholiths form?

Flood Stories from around the World
While flood myths are common to practically every culture on the planet, most of them are significantly different in detail. This article describes nearly a hundred flood myths originating from cultures all over the globe.

Sun Pictures and the Noah's Ark Hoax
In 1993, CBS aired a purported documentary called The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark. The show's producers, however, were the victims of a hoax.

"Man Tracks?": The Paluxy River Footprint Controversy
For many years, creationists claimed that a set of human tracks were found alongside dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy riverbed near Glen Rose, Texas. However, due in large part to the diligent investigative and scientific work of Glen Kuban, even most creationists now doubt the authenticity of the "man tracks".

"Polystrate" Fossils
Creationists and catastrophists have attempted to justify a global flood by claiming that there are fossils cutting through many geological strata. A number of so-called "polystrate" fossils are examined here.

Review of John Woodmorappe's "Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study"
Creationist John Woodmorappe has given himself the daunting task of making the biblical flood myth seem plausible. As this review illustrates, he was not entirely successful.

Dinosaur Prints in Coal
A set of dinosaur footprints located in a coal seam raises some difficult questions for creationists who believe in a catastrophic global flood.

Coal Beds, Creationism, and Mt. St. Helens
Many creationists argue that Spirit Lake near Mount St. Helens proves that coal could have formed in a short period of time following a catastrophic global flood. This article challenges the creationist coal formation scenario.

The Geologic Column and its Implications for the Flood
Young-earth creationists often claim that the geologic column -- the sequence of rocks that document Earth's ancient history -- is cobbled together from bits and pieces of scanty and unreliable evidence. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the entire geologic column can be observed from top to bottom in several locales, including North Dakota, as this article describes.

Is the Devonian Chattanooga Shale Really a Volcanic Ash-Fall Deposit?
Some creationists contend that large shale deposits are the result of a volcanic activity during the Bible's catastrophic global flood, but their contentions are contradicted by the physical evidence.

The Vapor Canopy Hypothesis Holds No Water
Jehovah's Witnesses and a number of creationists have claimed that water vapor formed a global canopy in the Earth's upper atmosphere prior to the great flood. This article examines a few of the physical difficulties presented by such a hypothesis.

Geology in Error?: The Lewis Thrust
Creationists often claim that geological strata are found out of order. What they fail to understand is that the phenomenon of overthrusting is the cause. This article explains the concept and alludes to an example popular among creationists: the Lewis Thrust.

Thrust Faults and the Lewis Overthrust
Thrusting that occurs along fault lines can sometimes invert the order rock strata are usually found in. This article refutes several common creationist arguments relating to thrust faults, including some specific claims about the best-known example, the Lewis Thrust.

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