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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Geological Evidence for the Great Flood Part II

There were some good articles this week that I wanted to comment on, but I've decided to put them on the back burner for awhile and continue the discussion on the geological evidence for the Great Flood. Of the remaining examples of geological evidence cited by Boice in his great book An Expositionary Commentary, Genesis Volume I, (Genesis 1-11), I wanted to touch on two more examples I found interesting in support of a worldwide deluge. First....

"The existance of large inland bodies of water and the remains of such bodies, called fossil lakes, is best explained by the deluge. Today, much of this water is gone, as we might expect, due to the evaporation and drainage in the millenia since the flood. But at one point, there were vast inland seas on literally every continent. The area of China now known as the Gobi desert was once an inland lake of a size comparable to the present Mediterranean. It was referred to as the great Han Hai or interior sea by the Chinese. Lake Baikal in Siberia (pictured above) is a presently existing sea, which was at one time much bigger than it is today. It stands 1,500 feet above sea level. Areas of India, Mongolia, Turkestan, Africa, and Central Asia were once innundated. It is well known that large areas of North America were once covered by seas or inland lakes. Geologists call these: Lake Algonquin, which filled the Great Lakes region to a height about twenty-six feet above the present level of the lakes; Lake Iroquois, which covered much of New York state; Lake Agassiz, which covered parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario; and Lake Bonneville, which filled the valley of Utah's Salt Lake and was about the size of Lake Michigan.

Geologists ascribe different origins to these inland and fossil lakes, and it may well be that there have been different origins for them. The land may have fallen and then been raised again, even to heights of 1,000 or more feet. But it must be admitted that a deluge of a magnitude such a described in the Bible would be a satisfactory explanation for for these lakes since it would provide sufficient water to fill the basins."

I think I will save the last (geological) example I will cite by Boice for another entry. Please consider this your "inland seas" open thread for further discussion on the topic.

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