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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Genesis Flood and Wilpena Pound

If you head north of Adelaide, South Australia, you can find Flinders Ranges National Park. There are several noteworthy geological landmarks, but our focus is on a huge basin called Wilpena Pound. The name wilpena is from an Aborignal word meaning "bent fingers", and pound is an English word for "livestock enclosure". Pretty big place to be enclosing livestock, though.

Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory
This is yet another area where uniformitarian geologists are unable to account for what is observed. Biblical creationist geologists, using the perspective of the global Genesis Flood, are able to make sense of empirical data. Lots of sediment-laden water, geological activity due to the cataclysm, receding flood waters — it all adds up, and is strong evidence for not only the Flood, but a young Earth.
Wilpena Pound is a spectacular saucer-shaped plateau perched above the surrounding countryside, some 430 km (270 miles) north of Adelaide, South Australia. Ringed by a mountain ridge in the Flinders Ranges, it’s like an enormous amphitheatre. St Mary Peak on the northern side is 1171 m (3840 ft) high, the highest in the Pound, and also in the Flinders Ranges. The features of Wilpena Pound can be convincingly explained by Noah’s Flood, the cataclysm recounted in the Bible that engulfed the planet about 4,500 years ago. In a nutshell, the sedimentary strata visible in the walls were deposited early during Noah’s Flood. Not long after, crustal movements warped and folded those sediments. Later, as the floodwaters receded from the continent, they eroded the Pound and the surrounding landscape.

In the steep escarpment that forms the edge of Wilpena Pound you can see sedimentary layers exposed, and that they are approximately horizontal. Closer up, at Rawnsley Bluff (figure 2), we can see something of the features of the sediments. The harder quartzite strata form steep cliffs, while the softer layers form sloped aprons. Geologists have given the different layers different names. The sediments forming the Pound have been called the Wilpena Group. From the surrounding countryside to the top of the rim, some 450 m (1,500 ft) of strata are exposed at Rawnsley Bluff.

Most biblical geologists would consider that these sedimentary rocks were deposited early during the global Flood. One important feature indicating these sediments were deposited in the Flood is their enormous physical size, which is a feature of the gigantic Flood catastrophe. One aspect of size is geographical extent.
To read the rest (and see the illustrations as well as related short videos), click on "The awesome wonder of Wilpena Pound, Australia — How the cataclysm of Noah’s Flood explains it".

A large basin in the Flinders Ranges, Adelaide, South Australia has remarkably strong evidence for the Genesis Flood. It is also evidence against uniformitarian geology, and in favor of a young Earth.