Seas on the Earth
“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”
I love the way Creation Astronomer Spike Psarris starts an article about the water that is on the Earth. He writes:
Did you know that the Earth doesn’t have any water on it? Yup. It’s bone-dry. Or at least it should be, according to the nebular hypothesis (the standard secular model for the origin of our Solar System).
This nebula hypothesis suggests that all planets condensed out of a cloud of dust and gas orbiting the Sun about 4.6 billion years ago. Lighter, more volatile materials would only be able to condense into planets further away from the Sun; hence, the formation of the gas giants.
So, water, being a highly volatile substance, could not have formed on the surface of the Earth. Yet here it is! Water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface.
So, other evolutionary astronomers have suggested that water arrived on the Earth after its formation, possibly by the impact of comets.
Now, it is true that comets often contain a lot of water. A water molecule has the chemical formula H2O. However, hydrogen atoms exist in more than one isotope. The two most common are called hydrogen and deuterium. So some water molecules contain a deuterium atom in place of one of the hydrogens. Comet ice contains a lot more deuterium than the Earth’s water, so Earth’s water could not have come from comets.
The Bible’s explanation, that the water was here at the beginning, is much more consistent with the observations.
Prayer: Lord, Your creation illustrates Your great wisdom and purpose in how well You made everything. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Psarris, S., Earth’s Water and Creation, < https://www.creationastronomy.com/earthwater/ >, accessed 12/28/2018. Image: NASA, Public Domain.
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