The geologic column (representing all the earth’s observed sedimentary rock) in classical geology represents hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary history. Evidence that this column formed rapidly rather than over millions of years is therefore evidence for a young geologic column and a young earth.
Absence of meteorites in the geologic column.
“Counting the number of asteroids we see in the sky suggests that over the past 250 million years, Earth should have been hit around 440 times by asteroids larger than one kilometre across. But scientists have found only 38 large impact craters from this period.” New Scientist December 02
- Earth’s volcanism linked to meteorite impacts New Scientist December 02
–Ackerman, P.D. 1986. It’s A Young World After All. Baker Books. pp. 25-28.
Polystrate fossils – are fossils which cross multiple geologic layers which were supposedly laid down millions of years apart. Trees trunks are frequently found to cross several layers and even through coal beds showing that these layers formed rapidly. Some polystrate trees are even found upside down providing obvious testiment to catastrophic upheaval.
- Pillars, Polystrate formations, and Potholes by Douglas E. Cox
- Polystrate Fossils and the Creation-Evolution Controversy
- Polystrate Trees
- Polystrate Trees
- Polystrate Trees and Coal Seams of Joggins Fossil Cliffs ICR Impact No. 316 October 1999
by John D. Morris, Ph.D.*
- The Yellowstone Petrified Forests by Jonathan Sarfati Creation Ex Nihilo 21(2):18–21, March–May 1999
- Petrified Forests of Yellowstone ICR Impact No. 268 October 1995 by John D. Morris, Ph. D.*
- What Are Polystrate Fossils BTG No. 81b September 1995 by John D. Morris, Ph.D.*
Rapid Coal Formation – It has been claimed that coal takes millions of years to form, however, in recent laboratory experiments by Dr. George R. Hill and Dr. Don C. Adams at the University of Utah it has been shown that plant matter can be turned into coal in a matter of hours.
GEORGE R. HILL Dean of College of Mines & Mineral Industries, “A rather startling and serendipitous discovery resulted….These observations suggest that in their formation, high rank coals,….were probably subjected to high temperature at some stage in their history. A possible mechanism for formation of these high rank coals could have been a short time, rapid heating event.” [Six Hours], Chemtech, May, 1972, p. 292-296.
- Coal Evidence for a Young Earth
- Mt.St.Helens Key to rapid coal formation by John Mackay, B.Sc. Creation Ex Nihilo 6(1):6–8
- Polystrate Trees in Coal Beds
- Rapid formation of coal Proof that strata form rapidly and that the earth is young.
- The Origin of Coal ICR Impact No. 41 November 1976 by Stuart E. Nevins, M.S.
Turbidites are evidence of rapid strata formation. These sedimentary rocks result from sediments of turbidity currents and are believed to comprise as much as 50% of the geological column, and approximately 30 of the deposits visible in the Grand Canyon.
Ripple marks, rain drops, and animal tracks in sedimentary rocks. This implies very rapid burial and hardening because these fragile features could not survive even trivial erosion. –Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 94-96.
Regional deposition. Current known geologic processes don’t account for regional deposits (covering multiple U.S. states, for example). This applies to types of rocks, as well as coal and oil reserves.
Deformation of strata implies it was soft when deformed and hadn’t hardened into rock. –Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 106-109.
Absence of bioturbation in the geologic column. Biological activity soon disturbs sedimentary deposits formed by modern catastrophes (hurricanes, floods) but is not evidenced in the geologic column. This implies that the geologic column was buried very deeply very rapidly. –Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 96-97.
Lack of recognizable soil layers in the geologic column. Soil material is seldom found in the geologic column. One would think that the earth had soil layers in the past, and if it was slowly buried, some would be preserved. –Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 97-98.
Undisturbed bedding planes. Different geologic rock layers often show sharp, knife-edge breaks between layers, with no evidence of erosion between. This is not realistic if the layers formed over long periods of time.
–Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 98-100.
Clastic dikes: Clastic dikes are formed from soft sand squeezed up through newer layers of rock. This implies that the sandy older (lower) layer was still soft enough to squeeze sand up (like squeezing a toothpaste tube) through the younger upper layers. –Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 109-112.
Limited Extent of Unconformities. Much of the geologic column is continuous in its deposition, with no evidence of erosion between layers. This indicates that the process took only a very short time. –Morris, J. D. 1994. The Young Earth. Master Books. pp. 103-105.