December 02, 2009
Geology / YEC Research at the Geological Society of America
It looks like young-earth creationism made a decent splash at this year's Geological Society of America meeting. ICR's Steve Austin led a field trip of Mt St Helens (Also, if you're interested, Steve also has a book on Mt. St. Helens). This is one of many official premeeting field trips, but one of the few which completely filled up.
Here are the presentations that were given by known YEC'ers at the GSA:
- The Dynamic Landscape on the North Flank of Mount St. Helens (this is the field trip) - this basically argues for catastrophic, rather than gradualistic, origins of river channels (i.e. we do not need to presume long ages to cut river channels - they often follow channels which were cut by other, catastrophic means)
- Occurrence of Dolomite Beds, Clasts, Ooids, and Unidentified Microfossils in the Coconino Sandstone, Northern Arizona - argues that the depositional environment of the Coconino Sandstone was marine, not desert (the Coconino sandstone has been a contentious area for creationists/evolutionists, as evolutionists argue that it was a desert, and creationists argue that it was marine and part of Noah's flood)
- Characterization of Sand in the Nebraska Sandhills - describes the geology of actual desert deposits, and contrasts them with the Coconino Sandstone
- Timing Relations Between the South Fork and Heart Mountain Fault Systems with Implications for Emplacement, Wyoming, USA - this paper is about the timing of two rockslides, but the implications for Creation geology is unclear to me
Steve Austin wrote up an article at ICR's website which discusses a lot of the events at GSA. Keep up the good work, guys!
HT to Paul Garner