Category Archives: Catastrophism

The geological story told by Iceland

Iceland is a volcanic island in the North Atlantic Ocean, slightly below the Arctic Circle. The island is situated on a mid-ocean ridge at the boundary between the North American plate and the Eurasian plate. In Iceland, we find evidence of horizontal movements, in which two plates spread apart as the crust dilates with intrusion of new magma. Iceland, however, is also associated with a mantle plume (a narrow stem of upwelling of magma from deep in the mantle) that has maintained volcanism high and vigorous. Continue reading

Posted in Catastrophism, Genesis Flood, Geology, Plate Tectonics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Paleozoic Rock Record: A Broad Overview of Features and Trends

The rocks of the Earth are like pages of a history book containing information about the past. Geologists who enjoy reading this “book” have found that it consists of two “volumes:” the first, named Precambrian, is mostly devoid of macroscopic … Continue reading

Posted in Catastrophism, Dating and the Age of the Earth, Fossils, Genesis Flood, Geological Column, Geology, Plate Tectonics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Scientific Revolutions: Part 2

Further conceptual revolutions in science Revolutions in the Life Sciences The life sciences have experienced fewer revolutions than the physical sciences. The first major revolution in the biological sciences was initiated by William Harvey, as noted above. The next revolution … Continue reading

Posted in Biology, Catastrophism, Geology, Origin of Life, Philosophical and Historical Perspectives, Plate Tectonics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The role of catastrophes in scientific thinking

The cathedral was crowded; this was All Saints’ Day! Unexpectedly, the building started shaking and the parishioners tried to rush out through the arched entrance. Others were trying to escape from another church located on one side of the cathedral, … Continue reading

Posted in Catastrophism, Genesis Flood, Geology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 61 Comments

Was There A Great Genesis Flood?

The first book of the Bible states that following a recent creation by God, there was an astonishing worldwide Flood. In that context, the Flood would have been responsible for most of the great fossil bearing layers of the earth. However, … Continue reading

Posted in Catastrophism, Genesis Flood, Geology | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Catastrophism: discussion of its current status in geology, and a prediction

In the last two centuries catastrophism has had its ups and downs in the scientific world of geology. At the time of Charles Lyell and before, many geologists explained geological history in catastrophist terms: geological processes were often described as … Continue reading

Posted in Catastrophism, Geology | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Megabreccia and Catastrophe

On a recent trip to Peru I encountered this huge rock [see attached photo], miles from the nearest potential source.  How did it get here?  What kinds of processes were involved? How fast was it moving? These and other questions … Continue reading

Posted in Catastrophism, Geology | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment