Folded Rock Layers, Evidence of a Young Earth

Folded Rock Layers, Evidence of a Young Earth

Hey kids, here is one more proof that the earth is not very old, folded rock layers. In many places on the earth, like at the Grand Canyon, thick rock layers have been bent and folded together without breaking. So, how does this happen? How do you bend rock?

Old Earth Scientists, scientists who believe that the earth is very old, claim that it took millions of years for these rock layers to be formed. They say that the layer on the bottom of the Grand Canyon is millions of years older than the layer on top. Think of it this way, lets say you are having pancakes for breakfast. You put the first pancake on the plate, then you put the second on top of the first pancake, and then you put the third pancake on top of that. These three layers of pancakes are like the rock layers in the earth. These rock layers are formed when dirt, sand, tiny sea animals, rocks and even boulders are packed together, usually by water. These layers are called sedimentary rock. However, unlike pancakes, sedimentary rock layers are hard like concrete (unless they are my sister’s pancakes… don’t tell her I said that!). Try to bend a piece of sidewalk, good luck with that! When concrete is wet it can be shaped very easily, it can be poured out like a milk shake. But after it hardens it cannot bend; if you are really strong you can break it, but it will never bend. Sedimentary rock is the same, after it has hardened it becomes brittle and it’s impossible to bend. This is a process where, over time, the sedimentary rock becomes solid stone. If each layer were millions of years older than the layer above, then each layer should have hardened, long before the next layer was laid on top of it. Right? Right!

In the Grand Canyon you can see evidence that the layers of earth had to be laid down quickly. We can tell because many of the layers are folded together. In the Canyon you can see more than 4000 feet of exposed canyon walls, that’s about the length of 12 football fields! All scientists agree that there are different layers, and agree on what they are called. The difference is that creation scientists believe that these layers were deposited rapidly, during
Noah’s flood, and old earth scientists claimed that theses layers were deposited very slowly, over a period that began about 500 million year ago and ended 250 million years later. Both groups know the entire region was lifted by geologic pressure deep in the earth. The area was raised to a height of about 8000 feet above sea level to form a high flat ground balled a plateau. Creation scientists believe that the evidence shows the canyon was formed shortly after the flood, while the rock layers were still wet, approximately four thousand years ago.

The problem for old earth scientists is this, as these layers were raised by upward pressures, they bent together. The entire stack was somehow folded and bent (like a pile of pancakes) without breaking. If the first layer had been deposited more than 400 million years before it was folded, how would this be possible? The answer is simple, it would’t be possible. One of these layers, called the Tappets Sandstone, is between 100-300 feet thick or between one to three football fields. It has been bent together with another layer called the Mauv Limestone which is stacked on top of the Tappets Sandstone layer.

This is proof that both layers were deposited rapidly and then bent together while still wet and bendable. Scientists like Dr. Andrew A. Snelling at Answers in Genesis, believe that this stack of rock layers was deposited in less than a year during the global flood. Clearly they could not fold and bend together unless they were deposited quickly, one after the other and bent and folded while still wet.

Old earth scientists often come up with reasons why their theories are good even when they are not supported by evidence, these reasons are called rescuing devices. These scientists have a number of rescuing devices to explain bent rock layers. One of these rescuing devices claims that heat and pressure made these hard rock layers bendable. But there is a big problem with that idea. You may remember that there are three types of rock, igneous (volcanic rock), sedimentary rock and metamorphic rock. The last one, metamorphic rock is formed when sedimentary rock it is subjected to great heat and pressure. For example limestone, sedimentary rock, when subjected to great heat and pressure becomes marble. So if there was enough heat and pressure to make the sedimentary rock layers bendable, there would be evidence that the rock layers had started to turn into metamorphic rock, and there is no such evidence. So clearly that did not happen.

Again we see that the evidence found by scientists confirms, and does not contradict, the creation account found in Genesis. What modern scientific evidence demonstrates is that the creation account in the Bible is an actual account of what really happened, as told to us by God; it’s awesome!

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