I have an archaeological question for you…how did marine fossils get to the Grand Canyon, the Himalayan Mountains, and the Andes Mountains?
Every single geologist agrees that these fossils must have been buried by ocean waters…where else would the marine creatures have come from? (1) But how did the ocean waters get there?
I have never been to the Grand Canyon, but am hoping to get to go see it one day. For now, I’ll content myself by looking at pictures and studying what is in the different layers of the Grand canyon. Most of the rock layers in the Grand Canyon contain marine fossils such as crinoids, brachiopods, sponges, corals, and even shark teeth! (2, 3, 4) These fossils are even found in the Kaibab Limestone, which is exposed at the rim of the canyon…7,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level (4). Even more interesting than finding thousands of marine fossils in the middle of Arizona is the fact that the marine fossils are haphazardly preserved (4). The disks that should be stacked on top of one another to make the stem of the crinoids are separated from each other, the pattern described as a “hash” (4). To be preserved in such a chaotic form, they would have had to have been catastrophically destroyed. How could a bunch of marine animals make their way to Arizona and be catastrophically destroyed and preserved as fossils? A flood, perhaps?
In the Andes Mountains, the fossils of whales and other marine creatures have been found at around 5,000 feet above sea level (5). But how did a whale get to the middle of South America? Ocean waters would have had to have carried them there, right?
The Himalayan Mountains in Nepal also show marine fossils, at around 30,000 feet above sea level (1). The tallest mountain range in the world contains marine fossils! There is evidence of marine fossils on every continent (4). Isn’t that crazy?
Even more exciting is that in the Green River Formation of Wyoming, alligator, fish, birds, mammals, turtles, insects, palm leaves, mollusks, and crustaceans are buried together. In Wyoming of all places! How could all of these land and marine creatures be fossilized in the same location if there wasn’t a worldwide flood that picked them up, jumbled them about, and deposited them together in Wyoming (4)?
If all geologists agree that ocean water would have had to bury these marine creatures, then how did the ocean water get to every continent (4)? The only logical explanation is that there had to be a worldwide flood.
“And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.”
– Genesis 7:18-19
God’s word says that all of the high hills, everything that was under the whole heaven, was covered with water. The marine fossil record found in all of these mountains proves what God said. Yet there are still people who say that there is not enough water in the world to cover everything. This week, we dove a bit into archaeology (more is coming), and next, we’ll go more into geology and how there actually is enough water to cover every inch of the earth. Click here if you missed part 1 of the series.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.
- Snelling, Andrew. “High & Dry Sea Creatures”. Answers In Genesis. December 7, 2007. https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/high-dry-sea-creatures/ (accessed July 30, 2020)
- “Fossils”. National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/nature/fossils.htm#:~:text=The%20sedimentary%20rocks%20exposed%20throughout,scorpions%2C%20centipedes%2C%20and%20reptiles. (accessed July 30, 2020)
- Hodnett, John-Paul. “A Chance Discovery Reveals a Rich Fossil Shark Record From the Carboniferous of the Grand Canyon.” Park Paleontology News. Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2019. National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/articles/park-paleo-spring-2019-fossil-shark-record.htm (accessed July 30, 2020)
- Snelling, Andrew. “What Are Some of the Best Flood Evidences?” Answers In Genesis. February 13, 2015. https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/what-are-some-of-the-best-flood-evidences/ (accessd July 30, 2020)
- Browne, Malcolm. “Whale Fossils High in Andes Show How Mountains Rose From Sea.” NY Times. March 12, 1987. https://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/12/us/whale-fossils-high-in-andes-show-how-mountains-rose-from-sea.html (accessed July 30, 2020)