The Loss of Millions

The Loss of Millions

Genesis 1: 9-10
“God also said: Let the waters that are under the heavens gather together in one place, and let the dryness be revealed. And it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. “

Next to the Old Columbia Highway, and next to the Sandy River, there is a large rocky outcrop, where an interesting geological formation called the Troutdale Formation can be seen. We see a 15 foot thick conglomerate, consisting of rounded stones, forming a small rock layer four feet wide. On top of the conglomerate is another thin layer of rock and another thick layer of rounded, cemented stones.

The stones in the conglomerate have been rounded. This indicates that they have been polished together. This process is indicative of water flow. The movement of the water hits the stones and polishes them, rounding them. But there is another interesting topic about the shape of these stones. They are not only rounded, but they are also flattened. If these were found by a river, lake, or beach today, you would like to skim the stones, bouncing them off the water. This flattening, while rounded, suggests that the large mass of stones, 15 feet thick, were moved together by high-energy water. Now this fact is problematic for ancient earth geologists because it means that the movement of the water could not simply be an ancestral river of the Sandy River, but must have been an entirely larger current. The formation is said to be 13 million years old, but the 15-foot thickness must have formed at the same time. So the 13 million years must be contained in the four feet of rock. Or the millions of years are lost. Or, all the training was done quickly during the universal flood.

Prayer: Lord, all around us we see things that can only really be understood when we begin by believing your word. Thank you for giving us these important evidences of your loyalty. Amen.

Ref: Hergenrather, J., Noah’s Long Distance Travelers , Creation 28 (3): June 30-32, 2006.

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