The Power in a Lot of Water

Recent events have given scientists of an appreciation for the geologic power of “a lot of water in a little time”—which contrasts with the commonly accepted model of “a little water in a lot of time,” used to explain such formations as Grand Canyon.

Mass Extinction in the Fossil Record

Mass extinctions are apparent in the fossil record wherever some sort of organism virtually disappears from the geologic column above a certain layer. One of the most well-known mass extinctions is the disappearance of the dinosaurs and a number of other organisms at the K-T boundary.

What Made Britain an Island?

Scientists are pointing to a catastrophe to explain an event that changed not only the geological landscape, but the landscape of history as well: what made Britain an island nation.

Post-Flood Upheaval

Early post-Flood catastrophes had the power to cause enormous geologic change, including massive erosion, altered landscapes, and deposits of sediment layers thousands of feet thick.

Articles About Catastrophism

  • April 24, 2016 from Answers Magazine

    Mountains and breathtaking valleys adorn our planet. Each one speaks of God’s handiwork, but they were formed by water and ice in judgment, not creation.

  • Research Paper
    Super-salty Water Sealed Beneath Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater
    Dec. 5, 2013 from Answers in Depth

    Does the Chesapeake Bay crater memorialize a meteorite impact from the time of Noah’s Flood?

  • Was the Medieval “Little Ice Age” Triggered by an Indonesian Volcano?
    Oct. 17, 2013 from News to Know

    Historical records corroborate frozen testimony that unravels the riddle of the Little Ice Age.

  • Unpredecented Global Heat Left Footprints in Teeth
    Oct. 27, 2012 from News to Know

    Unprecedented global heat left its footprints in tiny teeth.

  • Technical Research Paper
    Untangling Uniformitarianism, Level II: Actualism in Crisis
    Nov. 30, 2011 from Answers Research Journal

    Although the term uniformitarianism was not introduced until 1832, the concepts that Lyell so cleverly fused together had already been operating in the nascent discipline of geology for some decades

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  • Did Greenhouse Gases Help Create Dinosaurs?
    July 30, 2011

    Global greenhouse gases: paving the way for dinosaurs or documenting the upheavals of the global Flood?

  • May 22, 2011 from Answers Magazine

    The Flood caused radical changes in the land, seas, and atmosphere. The weather would never be the same.

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  • May 15, 2011 from Answers Magazine

    The rock layers speak of a violent period after the Flood, lasting many centuries.

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  • How Did Britain Become an Island?
    Feb. 19, 2011 from News to Know

    It’s not just young-earth creationists who lean on catastrophic geological processes in explaining earth history. Increasingly, old-earthers are also seeing the work of catastrophes in shaping the planet.

  • Scientists Coming to Grips with Catastrophic Geology
    June 26, 2010

    With a headline worded as if written by a young-earther, the press release for a new study of Texas’s Canyon Lake Gorge reveals that an increasing number of scientists are coming to grips with catastrophic geology.

  • Technical Research Paper
    Untangling Uniformitarianism
    March 17, 2010 from Answers Research Journal

    Of the nine terms associated with uniformitarianism, seven can be replaced or eliminated, which refutes the accusation that diluvialists do not understand uniformitarianism.

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  • Jan. 1, 2010 from Answers Magazine

    A flash flood at Havasu Canyon is a reminder of the amazing power of a lot of water over a little time.

  • From a Trickle to a Flood
    Dec. 12, 2009 from News to Know

    Did a massive ancient Flood fill in the Mediterranean Sea?

  • Catastrophe at Work
    Dec. 5, 2009 from News to Know

    It’s not only creationists who point to the role of catastrophic events in shaping earth’s geologic history. A new study sheds light on how Britain was separated from the rest of Europe by a “super-river.”

  • Feedback Article
    Having It Both Ways?
    May 29, 2009 from Feedback

    If the present isn’t the key to the past, a critic wants to know why AiG uses present events to explore what happened in the global Flood. Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG–U.S., explains.

  • Salt Lake Extinction
    April 4, 2009 from News to Know

    Yet another explanation for a catastrophic mass extinction—could it be?

  • The Slow-and-Gradual Catastrophe
    March 7, 2009 from News to Know

    An ancient extinction wasn’t as sudden and catastrophic as once believed. Now, how does that reinforce the Flood model?

  • Oct. 1, 2008 from Answers Magazine

    Creation geologists have undertaken a major new research project to better understand how the Flood deposited sediments across continents while tectonic forces within the crust reshaped the earth.

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  • Magazine Department Article
    Out of the Box Thinking
    Oct. 1, 2008 from Answers Magazine

    A new study of Idaho’s Box Canyon suggests that the canyon was formed rapidly by a megaflood.

  • Aug. 25, 2008 from Answers Magazine

    After the Flood, the world was a warm, wet and stormy world. The warm oceans and cooler temperatures caused snow and ice to accumulate, creating the Ice Age.

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  • Magazine Department Article
    Common Ground
    April 1, 2008 from Answers Magazine

    Tourists have another reason to find common ground with biblical creationists when it comes to the formation of canyons.

  • Technical Research Paper
    Catastrophic Granite Formation
    Feb. 6, 2008 from Answers Research Journal

    The timescale for the generation of granitic magmas and their subsequent intrusion, crystallization, and cooling as plutons is no longer incompatible with the biblical time frames.

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  • World's Longest Mud Slide
    Dec. 1, 2007

    A team of researchers reporting in the journal Nature recently has described a catastrophic landslide that dumped 225 billion metric tons of sediment into the ocean in just a few days or less.

  • Megaflood Makes Britain
    July 21, 2007

    Recent research suggests that Great Britain was formed as the result of a megaflood.

  • New Theory Impacts Crater Site
    April 7, 2007

    The Silverpit structure, an impact crater in the North Sea, is, according to University of Edinburgh geologist John Underhill, not the vestige of a prehistoric meteorite, but rather “probably the movement of salt rocks at depth.”

  • Magazine Department Article
    British Isles
    April 1, 2007 from Answers Magazine

    Britain’s secular newspaper The Daily Telegraph, in its September 25, 2006 publication, has unwittingly given support to the reality of Noah’s Flood.

  • Birth of a Hill
    Feb. 3, 2007

    Rapid drumlin growth in Antarctica lends credence to Creationism.

  • Flood Cuts off Europe
    Sept. 29, 2006

    It is said that a British newspaper headline once announced “Fog Over Channel—Continent Isolated.” The headline aptly and amusingly sums up Britain’s ambivalent relationship with its neighbors.

  • How Could the Heart Mountain Slide Occur in Only 30 Minutes?
    June 21, 2006

    Despite more than 100 years of study, the Heart Mountain detachment remains among the world’s most puzzling geological structures.

  • The Story That Won’t Be Told
    Dec. 9, 2003

    Secular geologists believe that it a marked trail commemorating the Missoula flood’s path and explaining its significance needs to be set up from western Montana into northwest Oregon.

  • Semi-Technical Research Paper
    Did 'Old World Early Paleolithic' People Travel to North America?
    Dec. 1, 2000, pp. 3–5

    For creationists, these reports of 'Early Paleolithic tools' raise questions that need further research.

  • Semi-Technical Research Paper
    A Tropical Reptile in the 'Cretaceous' Arctic
    Aug. 1, 2000, pp. 9–10

    A century ago, a shock went through the scientific community when a whaling crew reported finding fossil wood on the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • Magazine Article
    Iceland’s Recent “Mega-Flood”
    June 1, 1999, pp. 46–48

    Icelanders will long remember November 5, 1996.

  • Magazine Article
    Sandy Surprise
    Dec. 1, 1998, pp. 56–57

    Scientifically, it has never been a problem to explain that hard rock can form quickly, given the right conditions.

  • Magazine Article
    That Choking Feeling ...
    Sept. 1, 1998, pp. 6–7

    Seeing such solid, layered rock forming in only three months shows that long time-spans are not necessary.

  • Magazine Article
    Thundering Burial
    June 1, 1998, pp. 38–41

    This fossil graveyard on the Lake Huron coastline of Michigan is thus just another example of the devastation resulting from that catastrophic global Flood.

  • Magazine Article
    Fascinating Fossil Fence-Wire
    June 1, 1998, pp. 6–7

    The rock is a hard, dense, calcareous sandstone. The wire is ordinary 'Number 8' fencing wire of the type used at nearby Wallal Downs station between 1920 and 1970.

  • Magazine Article
    Bell-ieve It: Rapid Rock Formation Rings True
    March 1, 1998, pp. 6–7

    These ‘fossil’ ship’s bells (pictured in Creation magazine) were found recently about 50 metres (170 feet) off the coast of Victoria, Australia.

  • Magazine Article
    The Clock in the Rock
    June 1, 1997, pp. 6–7

    The item shown in the photograph here is a striking example of the fact that rock can form quickly.

  • Magazine Article
    Green River Blues
    June 1, 1997, pp. 18–19

    The Green River Formation of Wyoming, USA, is familiar to geologists not only for its well-preserved fossils but also because it has come to the forefront of debate on the age of the earth.

  • Magazine Article
    Folded Ferns
    Sept. 1, 1996, pp. 50–51

    Fossil fern fronds fly in the face of beliefs held by the majority of the most highly educated people in the world.

  • Semi-Technical Research Paper
    “Rapid” Granite Formation?
    Aug. 1, 1996, pp. 175–177

    Contrary evidence pointing to relatively rapid, even catastrophic, formation of granites is now beginning to surface.

  • Magazine Article
    Tarawera’s Night of Terror
    Dec. 1, 1995, pp. 16–19

    Mt Tarawera is yet another testimony to the rapidity with which fossilization can occur, and that the evolutionary concept of fossils as being ‘prehistoric’ does not conform with the evidence.

  • Magazine Article
    'Fossil' Hat
    June 1, 1995, pp. 52–53

    This miner's hat is rock hard. It was found in a mine in Tasmania where it had been covered with water for more than 50 years.

  • Magazine Article
    Keys to Rapid Rock Formation
    Dec. 1, 1994, pp. 45–46

    If you know anyone who thinks rocks and fossils must take thousands or millions of years to form, here's an example to show them they may need to revise their ideas.

  • Magazine Article
    Dec. 1, 1993, pp. 46–47

    The fact of the biblical Deluge is the keystone with which the whole of the biblical history of life, man and the universe comes into line with the evidence of the real world.

  • Magazine Article
    How Fast Can Oil Form?
    March 1, 1990, pp. 30–34

    Many people today, including scientists, have the idea that oil and natural gas must take a long time to form, even millions of years. Such is the strong mental bias that has been generated.

  • Magazine Article
    Coal Beds and Noah’s Flood
    June 1, 1986, pp. 20–21

    Coal beds formed from plant debris catastrophically buried by Noah’s Flood about 4,500 years ago? Evolutionists believe that the material in coal beds accumulated over millions of years.

  • Magazine Article
    In Brief—Mt. Isa Metal Ores and Noah’s Flood
    Feb. 1, 1984, pp. 17–18

    Mount Isa in north-west Queensland, Australia, is one of the world’s largest (and richest) metal deposits, with silver-lead-zinc and copper ore bodies in the same beds.

  • Semi-Technical Magazine Article
    The Lessons of Surtsey
    Oct. 1, 1982, pp. 10–11

    By way of a specific example of rapid geomorphological development, we may refer to the volcanic island of Surtsey, off Iceland.


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