Sea Shells on a Mountain
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. “
It is said that the tongue-twister “she sells sea shells on the seashore” refers to Mary Anning (1799-1847). However, Anning was not selling sea shells at Lyme Regis, but rather fossils that she had discovered on the beach. It is interesting that, while this pioneer paleontologist was not selling shells on the beach, there have been found fossil sea shells on mountains and well inland. When I was a youth, my family often traveled to the Peak District National Park, which is about as far away from the coast as you can get on the island of Great Britain, being about a three hours drive from the nearest sea. Yet, walking over the hills, we would always find fossil clams and the like. It is estimated that perhaps 95% of the fossils you will find are marine invertebrates. Evolutionary geologists think that there may have been periods when continents sunk lower than sea level, but the rock of which continents are formed is less dense than that of the ocean floor. So how do Christians explain this fact?
The onset of the Worldwide Flood would not have been a gentle affair. The breaking open of the fountains of the deep would cause new crustal material to push continental mountains higher. And tsunamis would have washed marine life onto land in a series of encroachments and ever-decreasing retreats of the ocean. The existence of millions of such fossils is fully consistent with the biblical account of the Flood.
Prayer: We know, Lord, that Your word is always true in every detail, and we praise You. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Snell, A.A. (2007), High & Dry Sea Creatures, < https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/high-dry-sea-creatures/ >, accessed 7/31/2019. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.
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