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Does the evidence from the recent eruption of Mt. St. Helens provide evidence for a young earth?
The first portion of the video is a very interesting presentation of the events surrounding the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. If you like catastrophic geology, you'll find this very interesting.
Dr. Austin says that one could look at how deep the layers at Mt. St. Helens are and might assume that they had been deposited over a large geologic time period. While true, they might at first glance, but a scientific investigation would easily show this to not be the case. Geologists use radiometric dating and other techniques to determine the ages of layers, not just their depth.
He then goes on to say that using this method for Yellowstone would misdate the layers. Again, this is true. But since this is not how the dating is done, this statement is meaningless. Lava layers are dated by radioactive decay, not by depth. What if we dated the layers by color or smell? We would probably also get the wrong results. But that’s not how it’s done, so what’s your point?
The dating of Yellowstone’s layers may be incorrect, but to imply that they were dated based on their depths is misleading. Dr. Austin is a geologist. He should know that not only is this misleading, it’s nonsense.
He mentions that the growth rings from different layers of Yellowstone show that the trees lived together. What is not mentioned is that the signature series of tree rings used to make this conclusion only spans about five years and are therefore considered too short to be reliable. Conspicuously not mentioned was that the ring study also showed that the trees from the different layers died in different years. Had the trees of the various layers been killed by a single catastrophic event, as claimed by Dr. Austin, then they would have been killed in the SAME year. Ironically, the study that he claims supports his theory, if true, actually disproves it – At least when all the information is presented.
His final conclusion that the Kentucky coal deposits were caused by Noah’s flood, leaves a lot to be desired. He based this conclusion on the speculation that the coal beds were caused by flooding. While this may be true, where’s the evidence to support that the flooding occurred in Kentucky during the time of Biblical Noah? Where’s the evidence that the Kentucky flood was part of a flood that encompassed the entire Earth or even was near as deep as the flood described in the Bible? Without some corroborating evidence, this is just wild speculation. He might as well speculate that the coal deposits were the result of energy blasts from alien space ships.
Dr. Austin makes some good observations that should cause questions to be asked about the formation of Specimen Creek in the Yellowstone Petrified Forest and in fact many geologists are doing just that. There is even further evidence not cited by Dr. Austin to support his view that the fossil trees at Specimen Creek were not petrified were they grew, but were transported there from another location.
However, his final conclusions that Specimen Creek happened in a short period of time or as a result of Noah’s flood seem to be based on misrepresenting the facts and pure speculation.
Dating of Geologic Layers
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