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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Velocious Changes Perplex Secular Scientists

The basis view of secular geologists is uniformitarianism, where slow and gradual processes have been the cause of most physical features of Earth. They've had to reckon with observed scientific facts that refute their paradigm, and some will grudgingly allow that there are occasional catastrophic events. Other times, they really don't know what went on.

Several examples of quick changes on Earth's surface in recent times raise questions about secular geology, and the accuracy of their methods.
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Evidence shows that the Sahara Desert was once tropical. What caused the arid conditions? Scientists have some speculations, but can't figure why the changes were permanent. On a similar note, the Atacama Desert in Chile was habitable, even having wetlands, thousands of years ago. Greenland lost plenty of ice several times, and did it quickly (Vikings farmed the green land, after all). Quick changes, no long-age explanations. No, anthropogenic global warming cannot be invoked.

To hotten things up some more, studies of crystals are being conducted about the Gede volcano in Indonesia. The long processes used to explain volcanoes, their build up and eruptions, yield to inconvenient truths that the things can build up and go boom in a mighty quick span of time. Even dormant volcanoes may become active again.

Moving down yonder to Indonesia, scientists are also puzzled by the presence of volcanoes and earthquakes there. It's not exactly a hotbed of tectonic activity, so what's the deal? Attempts to palliate ideas that uniformitarian, old-Earth geology may not be as conclusive as once believed fall flat. Kind of makes you think that Earth may be young after all.

To read about these items, click on "Rapid Earth Changes in Historic Times".