A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood

The following is taken from a page on the University of Washington’s website.  It recounts a conversation with David Montgomery, a geomorphologist and professor of Earth and space sciences at the UofW, who has just written a new book titled:  The Rocks Don’t Lie:  A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood  (W.W. Norton):

For nearly two centuries there has been overwhelming geological evidence that a global flood, as depicted in the story of Noah in the book Genesis, could not have happened.  Not only is there not enough water in the Earth system to accound for water levels above the highest mountaintop, but uniformly rising levels would not allow the water to have the erosive capabilities attributed to Noah’s Flood, Montgomery said.

Some rock formations millions of years old show no evidence of such large-scale water erosion.  Montgomery is convinced any such flood must have been, at best, a regional flood. . . .

If your world is mall enough, all floods are global,” he said.

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2 Responses to A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood

  1. sybaritica says:

    Yes.. but the ‘inspired word of god’ tells us it was the whole world… surely the almighty couldn’t have been confused on that point, could he?

    • shematwater says:

      I notice a few points that are generally ignored by those making claims such as this.
      First, note that they said there isn’t enough water to cover the highest mountain, which most people will assume is Mount Everest in Asia, and is the mountain that most people consider when making these calculations. However, before the flood it is likely that there was no mountian above the tree line, but that such formed at a later time as the result of massive earhtquakes. This would have happened something like three generations after the flood, for it was in the days of Peleg that the Earth was divided (see Genesis chapter nine.

      This is also the second point to look at, as the Bible does not attribute erosion to the flood, except in the sense that the “fountains of the deep were opened (see chapter six) indicating ground water (i my opinion). The erosion came later when the land was divided, by means that are unspecified.

      These things are rarely considered, but would alter the findings of our modern scientists a great deal.

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