Computer Modeling of the Large-Scale Tectonics Associated with the Genesis Flood
by John Baumgardner, Ph.D.
Presented at the Third International Conference on Creationism, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 18–23, 1994. Published in: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Creationism, R. E. Walsh (Ed.), pp. 49–62, 1994.
© 1994 Creation Science Fellowship, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Published with permission. All rights reserved.
Any comprehensive model for earth history consistent with the data from the Scriptures must account for the massive tectonic changes associated with the Genesis Flood. These tectonic changes include significant vertical motions of the continental surfaces to allow for the deposition of up to many thousands of meters of fossil-bearing sediments, lateral displacements of the continental blocks themselves by thousands of kilometers, formation of all of the present day ocean floor basement rocks by igneous processes, and isostatic adjustments after the catastrophe that produced today’s Himalayas, Alps, Rockies, and Andes. This paper uses 3-D numerical modeling in spherical geometry of the Earth’s mantle and lithosphere to demonstrate that rapid plate tectonics driven by runaway subduction of the pre-Flood ocean floor is able to account for this unique pattern of large-scale tectonic change and to do so within the biblical time frame.
Genesis Flood, Geological Catastrophism, Runaway Subduction, Mantle Dynamics, Plate Tectonics
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