Origins of the Dead Sea, Part VII: Mt. Sodom – A Huge Pile Salt

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Rising out of the plain at the south end of the Dead Sea Valley is a billion-ton mountain of salt.  An eight-mile long, three-mile wide, 742-foot tall (above Dead Sea level) mountain protruding from the basin plain. This is Mt. Sodom. This mountain is composed almost entirely of halite also known as rock salt.    Over […]

Curiosity Rover Update: Driving into a Sedimentary Wonderland on Mars

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The Mars Curiosity Rover continues to make its way through the basin of Gale Crater on Mars.  I’ve provided periodical updates on its progress as it makes its way toward a large mountain in the center of the crater.  Recently it has driven down almost 1000 feet to arrive at nearly the lowest elevation point […]

Sodom, Gomorrah, and the Seismic History of the Dead Sea: Support for Biblical History – Yes! Support for a Young Earth – No! The Origins of the Dead Sea, Part VI

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The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a vividly recorded event in the early chapters of Genesis. Estimated to have occurred about 4050 years ago (~2050 BC), the Biblical story provides us with a picture of the specific moment of the destruction of these cities, as well as the still-observable Dead Sea region. Interestingly, the […]

Origins of the Dead Sea, Part V: All Dried Up – No Room for a Dry Dead Sea in the Young Earth Timeline

Recent  (ie. couple hundred years) sediments deposited by the Dead Sea but now above water level because of the receding lake.  You can see clear ripples from when the water was fairly shallow forming ripples that were then covered by salts or sediments that covered over the ripples.  This image is from the Wooster College Geology blog.  Other great pictures and descriptions of Dead Sea sediments can be found here: http://woostergeologists.scotblogs.wooster.edu/2012/03/17/dead-sea-sediments-and-some-impressive-seismites/

Previously we saw that the Jordan Valley once was full of water.  Now we ask, has the Dead Sea ever dried up completely?  It appears that is has, but when?   These are crucial and perplexing questions for believers in a global flood 4350 years ago (aka Noah’s Flood). Let’s look at this story more closely. […]

Origins of the Dead Sea, Part IV: Lake Lisan – The Jordan Valley Under Water

Eroson of Lake Lisan sediments.  http://www.efratnakash.com/galleries_l_pics/israel/the_dead_sea/13-4313.jpg

Today the Dead Sea has shrunk to modern historical lows of 1400 feet below sea level. The Sea of Galilee is itself 700 feet below sea level.   Residents of the Middle East today are concerned with how much more the Dead Sea will shrink. But what about an important geological question: has there ever been […]

Smoking Gun Evidence of an Ancient Earth: GPS Data Confirms Radiometric Dating

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My last post, on the tectonic origins of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, brought me face-to-face once again with one of the most striking pieces of evidence for an ancient earth that I am aware of. Take a look at this graph. This graph shows the smoking gun. Smoking gun evidence of what? That […]

Origins of the Dead Sea Part III: The Levant – A Land Literally Torn Apart

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When Abraham and Lot looked out over the Valley of Siddim, what did they see?  According to Genesis 13, “Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was watered, like the Garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 13:10, NIV)  The biblical evidence indicates that in […]

Origins of the Dead Sea Part II: The Lowest Place on Earth Goes Lower

The Dead Sea shore in 1985.  Photo - Jesse Blatutis

Most people know that the Dead Sea is a very salty place.  And they are right, though there’s much more to it.  The Dead Sea, for one thing, is a really large, really salty place – 34% salts compared to 3.5% for sea water.  It’s 31 miles long, 9 miles wide.  More specifically, the Dead […]

The Origins of the Dead Sea: A Geo-Biblical Exploration – Part I

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Just 50 miles from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea is a deep scar in the face of the Earth.  Long known as the Valley of Siddam, the vale of salt, or the Jordan Valley, its most famous feature is the Dead Sea, which sits 1400 feet below the Mediterranean shore.  The exceptionally salty […]

The Age of the Reptiles: A New Dinosaur Fossil Trackway Near Moab

Dinosaur footprints on a block of rock that became dislodged from higher above.  Two of my boys are serve as size references.  Image: Joel Duff

Moab will have yet another dinosaur attraction coming this fall.  More than 200 reptilian footprints scattered over an area less than a football field have been uncovered after a resident discovered a few tracks while hiking.  Dinosaur tracks are known from dozens of locations in this area but this site is unusual because of the […]

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