After a 150 years of going by the evolutionary model, geologists are still scratching their heads to trying figure out how a vast region rose 2 kilometers high away from plate boundaries while maintaining sedimentary strata miles thick that often lie flat as a pancake for hundreds of miles!
Rebecca M. Flowers wrote this month in the Journal of Geology the following…
“How and when the Colorado Plateau attained its current mean elevation of ~2 km has puzzled scientists for nearly 150 yr. This problem is most dramatically manifest when standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, viewing the extraordinary 1500-m-deep gorge carved into nearly horizontal sedimentary rocks that were deposited during the 500 m.y. prior to plateau uplift when the region resided near sea level?
What caused the elevation gain of this previously stable cratonic region in Cenozoic time? Did the source of buoyancy for plateau uplift arise from the crust, lithospheric mantle, or asthenosphere, or through some combination of the three? Why did this low-relief plateau escape significant upper crustal strain during uplift, in contrast to the Cenozoic surface deformation that is so strikingly apparent in the high-relief landscape of the surrounding Rocky Mountain, Rio Grande Rift, and Basin and Range provinces?”
There are two new theories but Rebecca M. Flowers is not convinced by either one of them and describes the contradictory interpretations that go on with trying to fit the Plateau in the evolutionary model. While the Parks Signs tell tourists it’s all figured out and this is what happened…
The creationist viewpoint on the Colorado Plateau:
“The biblical explanation for how the Canyon formed is actually quite simple. The “basement” layers, consisting of granites and metamorphic rocks, were formed by Day 3 of Creation Week. Some sedimentary layers were deposited on these rocks late in the Creation Week and during the pre-Flood period. The horizontal sedimentary layers were then deposited over all other rocks by the waters of the global Flood as described in Genesis 7-8.”
“These unhindered, swirling currents picked up, transported and eventually deposited tons of sedimentary layers. These strata were then in places tilted and went through great tectonic activity as the Colorado Plateau was uplifted during the final stages of the Flood. The sedimentary layers which make up the nine distinct layers of the third major division of the Canyon walls show that they were soft and unconsolidated when they bent, unlike the basement rocks which fractured.”
“The sand grains in these sedimentary layers show no evidence that the material was brittle and rock-hard, and neither has the mineral cementing the grains been broken. Instead, the evidence points to the whole 4,000-feet (1.220 m) thickness of horizontal strata being still “plastic” when it was uplifted and bent.
“Once the floodwaters receded, the recently placed layers of sediment continued to harden into rock. As the floodwaters receded, the uplifted plateau acted like a dam wall, trapping the waters behind it. In a subsequent catastrophic event, this earthen dam ruptured, releasing a barrage of water that carved the Canyon itself..”
The catastrophic power of the Flood is the best explanation of what happened to the Colorado Plateau with it’s steep elevation away from plate boundaries while maintaining sedimentary strata miles thick that often lie flat as a pancake for hundreds of miles! Evolutionists enjoy being in the dark as though they are going to run out of work for some reason. They could still work on this for another 150 years with no results but they should however, take a hard look at creation papers on the subject, and they will find it’s not that confusing after all! In fact, it makes much more logical sense!