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Island rapidly forms before sailor’s eyes!

In 2006, a group of sailors traversing the south Pacific ocean came across an anomaly.  What appeared to be a sand barge in the middle of the ocean.

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They decided to investigate.  They maneuvered their boat through the ‘sand barge’ leaving a trail in their wake.

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As they moved away they noticed something strange – a plume of smoke rising out of the area.

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It turned out they had just sailed over an active volcano!  Within minutes, the witnessed a brand new island being formed rapidly before their eyes!

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This amazing event gives evidence to a rarely talked about phenomenon: how geologic events can and do occur very rapidly!  We get used to interpreting most geologic processes as gradual and uniform, taking millions of years to form and change.  This is not always true.

We creationists believe that the flood of Noah’s time initiated plate tectonics (“the fountains of the great deep burst forth” Gen 7:11).  We believe that was the onset of of most geologic activity such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, etc.  In fact, we believe that ongoing geologic events are technically aftershocks from the flood.  We believe the flood rearranged the continents, raised the mountain ranges, lowered valleys, and much more.

This amazing rapid island formation is evidence that although we observe most geologic events such as erosion happening very slowly over a long time, extreme catastrophic events can shape the face of the planet very rapidly.  When we see this island formation happen, it makes it more understandable how a worldwide catastrophe such as the flood could quickly reshape our planet – and that judging that past by today’s normal slow processes would lead to incorrect conclusions (old-earth/evolution).

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19 thoughts on “Island rapidly forms before sailor’s eyes!

  1. This be almost inconceivable for ancient man, and probably wrongly assumed to be acts of the Gods? To me, it is a shame with our understanding of science, to still assume this is the work if a deity.

    Posted by R.E | February 27, 2016, 3:31 pm
    • I don’t believe I ever insinuated that this island formation was the work of a deity. I was only using this natural phenomenon to highlight that geologic processes can occur rapidly in line with creationist beliefs about what happened during the flood year.

      Posted by Tim | February 27, 2016, 3:54 pm
      • But are you using this to solidify your belief? To me, this would throw a spanner in the creationist works. I’m just saying these events can occur without the work of a deity.

        Posted by R.E | February 27, 2016, 4:05 pm
        • I believe this event is evidence of rapid geologic events similar to what we believe happened on a global scale during the flood.

          I would take issue with your comment that this island could have formed without the work of a deity. Although this naturally occurred, I believe it was the aftershock of the flood event that initiated all plate tectonics. Therefore, in my view, without God initiating the flood – there would be no plate tectonics. Without which there would be no volcanoes / no islands popping up. So yes, indirectly God is involved in this.

          Posted by Tim | February 27, 2016, 4:11 pm
      • Of course, every scientists in the world for longer than any of us have been alive have agreed that geologic processes, including island formation, can occur very rapidly. I remember the excitement on campus when Surtsey Island suddenly appeared from deep below the surface. (There was also a beautiful LIFE magazine cover photo of it emerging, probably around 1962? 1963?) Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s (and no doubt, ever since) teams of scientists studied not only the volcanic geology of Surtsey but the emergence of new ecosystems. As seaweed washed up and birds visited the island, soil became to form and seed germination with it. The quick formation of an island was a very old idea but to study it with modern instrumentation was new.

        New geologic structures forming quickly from volcanoes has never been doubted by anyone. (Even the ancients observed it.) It is many of the sedimentary and metamophic geologic formations like varves, sandstones, coral-accretions, and the huge structures built by tiny organisms (e.g., White Cliff’s of Dover) which require far more than 6,000 years to form. We know this not from single radiometric dating methodologies but from the consilience of a number of unrelated dating methods which all give the same answers as to age. (Beware of the silly “circular reasoning” argument often spun in Young Earth Creationist circles. I admit, I once used it myself.)

        Ironically, one of the best evidences for a very old geologic formation is directly under Ken Ham’s Creation Museum. The biomass of sea life fossils in very thick layers under the museum represents far too many megatons of evidence of far larger populations and lifespans than what could have built up in a few thousand years. In fact, that is one of the types of evidence which led early geologists looking for evidence of a world-wide Noahic Flood to finally recognize that there had been many millions of years of sea life in such areas, sometimes over multiple periods and separated by other eras in distinct layers. (Morris and Whitcomb used to claim that most such biomass came from the year-plus duration of the Noahic Flood but even many “creation science” promoters have abandoned that idea because the evidence tells us otherwise.)

        Posted by Bible & Science Forum: Professor Tertius | April 16, 2016, 12:59 am
        • The fact that scientists admit that massive volcanic activity can rapidly form geologic features bolsters flood geology because that is exactly what we are claiming happened on a global level. Massive seismic and volcanic activity all over the world at the same time created most of the geologic formations we see today, but when we disregard the flood we can see how scientists would interpret the same formations as forming slowly.

          The large deposits that the Creation Museum are further evidence of massive rapid burial.

          Posted by Tim | April 16, 2016, 1:22 pm
  2. Thanks for sharing this. I agree with you, Tim.

    Posted by Lee | February 27, 2016, 11:01 pm
  3. Wouldn’t it be great if God would would tell us that this is the case? It’s such an inconvenience…

    Posted by R.E | February 27, 2016, 11:40 pm

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