More evidence pointing to the earth's rapid burial from the Noahic Flood has recently surfaced, further magnifying the problematic timescale of billions of years promoted by evolutionists.
Dr. Jake Hebert, research associate for the Institute of Creation Research in Dallas, Texas, says the latest discovery of large metallic clumps found on the ocean floor a few hundred miles east of Barbados in the Atlantic Ocean provide testimony that the earth's geography was formed rapidly within the past several thousand years — not gradually over millions and billions of years.
"These metallic pellets provide strong evidence that most seafloor sediments were deposited rapidly, not slowly and gradually over millions of years," Hebert argues. "Are these nodules evidence of the Genesis Flood?"
Evolutionists getting a sinking feeling …
The circular deposits typically made of iron, nickel, copper and other metals have been found around the world, but the hand-sized manganese deposits found in the North Atlantic have particularly drawn attention because of their size and concentration in the region. According to Hebert, those deposits put a monkey wrench in the gradual millions and billions of years that evolutionists need to make their theory float.
"Based upon radioisotope dating methods, secular scientists claim that nodules grow at the extremely slow rate of just a few millimeters per million years," Hebert points out. "Yet manganese nodules have consistently been observed growing in lakes and man-made reservoirs, as well as on debris fragments from World Wars I and II, at rates hundreds of thousands of times faster than these calculated rates. This is just one more indication that there are serious problems with radioisotope dating methods."
Hebert says the peculiar deposits pose two key problems that evolutionists can't look past.
"Two key observations about manganese nodules require explanation," Hebert contends. "First, nodules are thought to cease growing once buried beneath more than a few centimeters of sediment. Second, they are typically found only in the uppermost 50 centimeters (about 20 inches) of sediment."
According to Hebert, evolutionists don't have ground to stand on when trying to explain away the nodules while staying true to evolutionary processes.
"The general absence of nodules in the deeper sediments does not seem to be due to chemical dissolution, as even secular scientists acknowledge that this explanation does not fit the data," Hebert explains. "Secular scientists argue that perhaps nodules are found in the uppermost sediments because surface-dwelling organisms or bottom ocean currents have recently begun disturbing the sediments so as to prevent nodule burial, thereby allowing them to grow to the sizes we see at the sediment surface."
New questions old earth scientists can't answer
Hebert poses a couple of daunting questions for evolutionary geologists – questions he doubts they can answer using their old-earth models to explain the earth's present physical characteristics.
"But if 'the present is the key to the past,' as they claim, why then has such a disturbance of the sediments occurred in only the [relatively] recent past?" Hebert asks. "Why have these disturbances not occurred for many tens of millions of years, so that nodules are found consistently at all depths within the seafloor sediments?"
These problems have left evolutionists in a quandary, who admit that the discoveries are difficult to explain on their end.
"These were very, very circular, which is strange," Colin Devey — the chief scientist for the Northern Atlantic expedition and a volcanologist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Devey — told LiveScience concerning the discoveries. "They usually look like cow flops."
According to Hebert, the latest scientific evidence goes hand-in-hand with a young earth and the creation account from Genesis 7.
"On the other hand, creation scientists have a very simple explanation for these observations: Nodules are generally absent from the deeper sediments because these sediments were deposited far too rapidly for nodule growth to occur," Hebert explains.
"Toward the end of the Genesis Flood, sheets of water receding off the continents would have rapidly eroded and dumped enormous amounts of sediment into the ocean basins. The presence of geological features called planation surfaces on every continent is very difficult for uniformitarian scientists to explain, but it is perfectly consistent with the Flood's rapid erosion and deposition of sediment."
Derived from a deluge
Hebert explains that the nodules were created from dissolved chemicals precipitating onto small objects on the seafloor, such as a shark tooth. He notes that submarine volcanic blasts, bacteria and algae also help for form nodules.
"Furthermore, the warm, mineral-rich oceans during and after the Flood would have been conducive to the growth of phytoplankton such as algae," Hebert continued. "Since foraminifera feed on phytoplankton, they would have greatly increased in number after the Flood, and their abundant remains would also have contributed to the rapidly accumulating sediments."
The time needed to form these falls directly in line the biblical timetable, allowing for the resettling of the earth after the cataclysmic Flood event, says Hebert.
"In the millennia after the Flood, sediment deposition would have eventually slowed to today's 'slow and gradual' rates," he insists. "Hence, nodules are found mainly in the uppermost sediment layers because these upper layers were deposited slowly enough to allow nodules to grow."
Hebert maintains that the millions and billions of years that evolutionists need in order to make their theory viable simply aren't plausible when it comes to the formation of nodules.
"Rapid deposition invalidates the extremely old ages that secular scientists have assigned to the seafloor sediments, since they are assumed to have been deposited slowly and gradually over millions of years," Hebert informs. "It also raises a serious cloud of doubt over the ages assigned to the deep ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland, as these ages are ultimately tied, via a complicated network of circular reasoning, to the ages for the seafloor sediments."
The creation scientist indicates that numerous other geologic formations around the globe point to the worldwide Flood described in Genesis 7. "Batches of manganese nodules are just one of many geological features that are difficult for secular scientists to explain, but they make sense in light of the Genesis Flood," he concludes.