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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Surprises of the Palo Verde Tree

If you get a notion to saddle up and ride in the semi-desert areas of the American Southwest, you can expect to come across the palo verde tree.  Keep an eye out for it the next time you watch a Western movie. It is a big shrub or small tree that folks use for landscaping and ornamentation. Some can get rather large, so there is quite a range in sizes. There are varieties of it in many parts of the world (and can be a nuisance if you ask people in the Land Down Under), and it is fond of having less water than most other trees and shrubs.

Analysis shows that the palo verde was designed to adapt by the Master Engineer.
Credit: Flickr / Larry & Teddy Page (CC BY 2.0)
The palo verde has not had a great deal of study in the past, which is unfortunate. Most trees do their photosynthesis through the leaves, but this one uses the trunk, stems, and petioles (a petiole is the part that attaches the leaf to the stem). There is significant disagreement on genera and species. Some are green, some have different flowers than others, some are yellow, some are bluish — I reckon there's good reason for discussion on those things.

Particle-to-plant evolutionists are stumped (see what I did there?) to provide any plausible evidence or model of descent with modification. However, the adaptations present seem to indicate engineered adaptability, although this concept is not discussed in the article linked below. Our Creator designed the palo verde to thrive in conditions that most other plants would shun, and analysis supports this view. Although the following article is rather technical, if I could get something out of it, I think you can, too. I read some parts of it quickly.
The palo verde tree, Parkinsonia spp., is well known to residents of the desert southwest and Mexico, yet there are few studies of it in the technical literature. As a drought-resistant, woody plant, it is unique in several ways, most notably its bright green trunk, stems, and petioles where most photosynthesis is performed. Stem photosynthesis is, however, not unique to this desert plant. Other unusual features of the palo verde plant include extensive root systems, heavily cutinized epidermis and vascular bundles, sunken stoma, very small leaves (leaflets), drought-deciduous behavior, idioblasts, C4 photosynthesis, and the plentiful accumulation of storage products, oil, starch, and calcium oxalate. These features make this plant uniquely fitted to thrive in arid, desert biomes. More work is required to clearly isolate and describe such tissues as the cambium, primary and secondary phloem and xylem bundles, and the extent of internal cutinization of this unusual woody plant. We conclude that the sum of these unique features make it purposefully fitted to the biomes in which it grows.
To read the rest of this admittedly challenging but also very interesting article, click on "A Light and Electron Microscopic Study of the Palo Verde Tree of the Desert Southwest".

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Non-Evolution for Sulfur-Cycling Bacteria

Proponents of molecules-to-marine biologist evolution have everything covered. Too much. Evolution explains everything, and when cornered on poor science or faulty logic, they have a prairie schooner-full of rescuing devices and fudge factors. (Papa Darwin has a fudge factory, and if you get the golden ticket, you may be able to go on a tour.) Evolution is likened to an irresistible force based on environments. Except when it isn't. If something doesn't evolve over a few zillion Darwin years, it is called "stasis", and proves Darwin's "null hypothesis". Such is the case with sulfur-cycling bacteria.

Lack of change in bacteria that use sulfur is no surprise to creationists.
Credit: Freeimages / Rick Hawkins
Sulfur-cycling bacteria process dissolved sulfur in surrounding water, and can live in environments that are free of oxygen. Since there is no sign of evolution over all that alleged time, evolutionists fall back on the claim of stasis. It's a win-win conjecture, but is unscientific and explains nothing, despite claims of obedient secular science media and some scientists. Biblical creationists, however, are not surprised by lack of changes.
In spite of evolutionary expectations some bacteria have not changed for billions of years. A formation in Western Australia claimed to be 1.8 Ga old contains fossilized sulfur-cycling bacteria. These bacteria metabolically are fueled by seawater sulfate, meaning they can live in an anoxic zone. They are very similar to those found in another formation that is dated 2.3 Ga old. Contrary to evolutionary theory the sulfur-cycling bacteria are essentially identical with modern types:
To find out the reason for all the excitement, click on "Sulfur-cycling bacteria 1.8 billion years old the same as today".

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time and the Origins Debate

Scoffers often claim that the Bible is a "book of fairy tales", which shows their lack of intellectual honesty (among other things). Fairy tales often begin with, "Once upon a time...", and tall tales cowboys tell around the campfire tend toward the vague side. The Bible is very specific about people, places, and times (such as Haggain 1:1, Matthew 2:19-23, and Genesis 8:4). Fairy tales and mythologies do not have such detail, but time is important in the Bible.

Time is essential to the study of origins.
Credit: Pixabay / Linus Sch├╝tz
The Bible is reliable as a source of history, but some sidewinders saw fit to "remove Moses" from geological ages. They were committed to deep time, and the true history in Scripture was tossed aside. After all, Papa Darwin needed huge amounts of time to make it look like his conjectures were plausible, and those folks wanted to give it to him. Many religious people were willing to accept this "science", and compromised accordingly. In fact, time is essential to the study of origins.
The idea for a documentary on Genesis came from a conversation I had with my then ten-year-old daughter.
She was watching a creation-evolution debate and was bothered by a number of things the evolutionist said. Her concern was that the events he described — a billions-of-years old earth, the direct relationship of men and animals, the impossibility of a global flood — were completely different from the events described in Genesis.
I knew how she felt. As a 15-year-old, I had been bothered by the same things. I recall reading books by Richard Leakey alongside books by Henry Morris. After weighing both sides of the question, I came away convinced that Genesis was an accurate book of history.
. . .
What I learned over the next few years changed my view of science, history, and the Bible. Here are three of the more important things I discovered:
To find out those three important things and read the rest of this helpful article, click on "Why Time Matters to the Origins Debate".

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Another Dinosaur Highway Surprise

A superhighway of dinosaur tracks was discovered in Alaska. These highways have assorted tracks and puzzle secular scientists

There is a series of dinosaur tracks in Texas extending up into Canada, and some folks call it a highway. Secular scientists cannot sufficiently explain it because it requires specific conditions that can only be explained by the Genesis Flood. Recently, things took a walk on the worse side.

Way up in Alaska, another "superhighway" was discovered in Cretaceous rocks.

"I guess you could say that instead of a Jurassic park, they had a Cretaceous parkway, Cowboy Bob! Hahahaha!"

Oh, boy. Moving on.

There were many tracks, including different types like therizinosaurs and hadrosaurs. The corresponding rock unit in China had bones but no tracks. Scientists speculate that this area was a route from North America to Asia. Other assemblages of footprints (one includes a mammal) are baffling secular scientists. This wouldn't be so difficult if they would run to the truth: the Genesis Flood is the rational explanation for such groups of footprints.
The recent Alaskan discovery of an unusual assemblage of footprints in Cretaceous rocks has paleontologists scratching their heads. 
Anthony Fiorillo, of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and his co-authors, reported the trackway discovery in Scientific Reports.1 The numerous footprints were found in Denali National Park in central Alaska in the Cretaceous Lower Cantwell Formation. 
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What made this discovery unusual was the co-occurrence of footprints from two completely different types of dinosaurs: Hadrosaurs (duck-bills) and therizinosaurs—odd-looking bipedal dinosaurs with long necks and long arms and long claws. Fiorillo stated,
To find out what he said and read the rest (it works out nicely that way), click on "Dinosaur 'Superhighway' Explained by Global Flood".