Amazonian Forest Islands: Accidental Products of Ancient Human Occupation

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The Amazon basin isn’t all a lush tropical forest.  In large portions of western Amazonian wet seasonally flooded grasslands – not trees – are the norm.   The upper branches of the Amazon River wind themselves across massive flood plains like snakes writhing across a sandy surface.  One feature of these nearly featureless flat plains that […]

Origins of a Tropical Island II: The Long Road from Lava to Colonization

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Imagine a tropic island paradise with beautiful beaches and thousands of plants and birds. Chances are you are imagining an island that formed as the result of volcanic activity. Examples would include the Caribbean islands, the Polynesian islands, and the Hawaiian Islands. But imagine what those islands looked like when they first formed. Rather than […]

Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox

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Trillions of stone artifacts cover the surface of the African continent. The product of the manufacturing of stone tools by hunters and gathers over long periods of time, these stone artifacts literally carpet the ground in some places in Egypt and Libya. Just how much Stone-Age produced rock could be strewn across the African continent? Trillions and trillions […]

Global Flood on Mars: Where Did the Water Go?

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News of evidence that Mars was once host to a volume of water equivalent of the Arctic ocean on Earth has been hitting the newswires.  This might sound like new news but this is really just a more comprehensive analysis of work that has been ongoing for several years.  Preliminary analysis had already suggested that […]

Origins of a Tropical Island: Instant Paradise or a Long Chaotic Process?

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In November of 2013, over 600 miles south of Tokyo, a volcanic eruption formed a new island. That new island continued to grow for over a year, eventually joining itself to the neighboring island of Nishino-shima, a volcanic island formed long ago. Today, volcanic activity continues to cause this new ocean-island to expand bringing it […]

Forams and Diatoms: Testing Young Earth Flood Geology Hypotheses

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Diatoms with their symmetrical highly-photogenic glass houses may get most of the attention but the foraminiferans (forams) present some formidable competition.  In my recent article (Life in a Glass House)  I revealed that the glass-house remains of diatoms are conspicuously absent from the bottom two-thirds of the geological column.  This raised a rather uncomfortable question […]

Life in a Glass House: Diatoms Shatter Young Earth Flood Geology

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Recently, while researching the diversity of life found in the fossil record for a seminar I will be giving in a few weeks, I was drawn into the fascinating world of diatoms.  Diatoms, which are single-celled organisms that live in glass-houses in almost any moist environment, are visually stunning, and so I thought I might use […]

The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Thinks it Can for 11 Years on Mars

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Eleven years into a three-month primary mission the Opportunity rover is still making discoveries on Mars. Talk about exceeding your specs! That is eleven years of observations of rocks, craters, sand dunes, weather conditions and the occasional glance into the skies to do some astronomy. To celebrate its 11th anniversary the rover has just climbed to […]

The Lost World of South American Ungulates: A YEC Ungulate Problem

Wikipedia Macrauchenia a South American fossil ungulate.

Life is incredibly diverse.  Millions of species fill the seas, land and skies of our little planet.  It seems as if there is no end to the discovery of new animals, plants and other life forms.  As a biologist who teaches a class about plant diversity, I can always count on discovering a new group of plants […]

The State of Creationism in the Church Today: Reflections on ETS 2014, Part II

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Evangelical Christianity, broadly defined, has seen a number of science and faith battles over the past 50 years.  For most of those years the debate has focused on the age of the earth and the closely – though not universally – associated debate about the extent of Noah’s Flood.  Today, the age of the Earth […]

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