“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life … were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”
One of the biggest headlines in planetary exploration in recent years was the confirmation that at one time Mars had water. Further exploration and study reveals evidence that there was once quite a lot of moving water on the surface of Mars.
With two rovers having sent back pictures and information from the surface, plus an orbiter exploring the surface, evidence of water action began to mount. At first, small features that looked like they were formed by moving water were discovered. Soon, it looked like that there was widespread water action in the southern hemisphere. Besides erosion, there is widespread evidence of the type of rocks that form underwater. Now, similar evidence suggests widespread water action in the northern lowlands as well. One of the most dramatic features could be the Mars version of the Grand Canyon. Called Valles Marineris, it is 2,000 miles long, 400 miles wide and five miles deep. It is so big, it can be seen from Earth with a good telescope. It would take catastrophic amounts of water to form such a canyon.
While the Bible doesn’t say anything about the flood that would suggest Mars was involved, some creation geologists say that it may have been. One thing is certain. This water action did not take place billions of years ago as those who believe in evolution say.
Lord, I thank You for Your trustworthy Word which judges sin and speaks the welcome words of the Gospel to us. Amen.
Acts & Facts, 9/10, pp. 12-13, Larry Vardiman, “News From the Red Planet.” Image: Global mosaic of 102 Viking 1 Orbiter images of Mars taken on orbit. (PD)