Fishing for Fossils in the North Sea: The Lost World of Doggerland

The skull of a mammoth is loaded on board a fishing vessel on the North Sea

Imagine trawling for fish and when you pull up your nets you find a massive bone or a huge tooth along with your catch.  For over 100 years fishermen in the North Sea between Britain and Denmark have found such items in their nets but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the items that their […]

The Salty Sea Part IV: Dr. Wile’s Use of the Salt Chronometer

mono-lake-salt-pillars

This is part of  series of posts on the Sea Salt Chronometer. Other posts in this series are: The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth: Confirmation Bias The Salty Sea Part II:  A Young Earth Salt Chronometer? The Salty Sea Part III: Are the Oceans Getting Saltier Over Time? The Salty sea Part […]

The Salty Sea Part III: Are the Oceans Getting Saltier Over Time?

sea-salt-evaporated-production

This is part of  series of posts on the Sea Salt Chronometer. Other posts in this series are: The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth: Confirmation Bias The Salty Sea Part II:  A Young Earth Salt Chronometer? The Salty Sea Part III: Are the Oceans Getting Saltier Over Time? The Salty sea Part […]

The Salty Sea Part II: A Young Earth Salt Chronometer?

salt-of-dead-sea-israel

In Part I of this series I looked briefly at some recent encounters in which the salty sea is being discussed as a chronometer of sorts for determining the age of the earth. But how is this salt chronometer actually claimed to work? An article from ICR entitled, The Ocean’s Salt Clock Shows a Young World and includes the following:

The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth, Part I – Confirmation Bias

salt-crystals

According to young earth creationists, there isn’t enough salt in the oceans if the earth is old. Recent references to this argument have spurred me to look a little closer at how it is being used today. What I find is that it appears to have only a purely rhetorical use as the actual data about the ocean’salinity suggests that the amount of salt in the sea is a useless tool for indicating the earth is old or young.

The Mars Curiosity Rover: A Geological History Detective

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How could anyone not be curious about Mars Curiosity rover?   NASA gambled by playing up the “7 minutes of terror” landing, using social media very adeptly to get a huge audience right in the middle of the Olympics.  Failure of the rover to safely land surely would have been a crushing blow to the […]

Isaac Newton on the Mosaic Account of Creation

Sir Isaac Newton (16??

Creation chronometry was a much debated topic in the late 1600s and early 1700s among Christians with virtually no opinion expressed being of the same kind that that could be described as a literalist view held today. I often wonder what would have happened had the Westminster Confession of Faith been written after this debate rather than before it given how the landscape of the discussion changed in the 40 years after the Assembly of the Westminster Divines met.

Geological Context II: Neanderthals and the Italian Supervolcano

A cave with sedimentary deposits on its floor.  Exposure to the atmosphere allows for sediments to be carried into the cave by wind, tracked in by animals but most material is feces from bats and other organisms that make temporary homes here including humans.  This particular cave on ?? island of Indonesia is where the skull and some bones of the so-called human "hobit" fossils were found 5.9 meters below the current surface in a pit seen in this picture.  These sediments also contain volcanic ash layers that allow ages to be assigned to different depths.

There are thousands of sites with either human remains or artifacts (stone tools usually) that are known across southern Europe and many are found in locations where they are found in layers stacked on top of each other like in caves or flood plain locations along rivers. But, the exact pattern of Neanderthal and modern human population migrations and changes is not my main interest.

The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils

Malapa Cave cartoon.  Courtesy Lee R. Berger.  Illustration by Paul Dirks.

The human fossil record is probably one of these least understood and talked about topics in the church.  I have neither the expertise or desire to stride into the debate over particular fossils and their merits as either representing human ancestors or not.  I understand that human origins is a sensitive topic especially within the conservative evangelical […]

Psalm 104 – Evidence of Post-Flood Plate Tectonics?

Mountain-valley

For some time I had been planning to write about the use of Psalm 104 in creationists circles as evidence for a physical description for tectonic events following a world-wide flood.  Specifically, versus six through nine of Psalm 104 have been suggested to be not a reflection on creation, as is the traditional reading, but […]

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