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BBC News: “The Moment Britain Became an Island” 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.
In this case, 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.
Oxford University geologist David Smith describes the tsunami thought to have separated Britain from Europe: “The waves would have been maybe as much as 10 m (33 ft) high. . . . The speed [of the water] was just so great.”
The tsunami, which old-earth geologists think happened some eight-thousand years ago, was supposedly launched when Norwegian landslides rapidly raised the level of an ancient sea off Norway’s coast. Excess water soon burst forth and began racing toward what would become the English Channel. Scientists believe the raging water not only carved the channel but also expanded the ancient sea into what we now know as the North Sea.
Together with catastrophic tectonic forces, the Flood of Noah’s day was responsible for more changes in the Earth’s natural environment than any event since creation.
If secular scientists can believe that the overflow of a relatively small ancient sea (smaller than the North Sea) could carve out the English Channel and expand the North Sea to its present size, is it really such a stretch to believe that water covering the entire world—bursting forth from below and raining down from above—would not completely rework the earth’s surface? As the waters came, they would have rapidly deposited layers of sediment—including life-forms caught off-guard; as the waters receded, they would have carved channels and reshaped much of the sediment. Together with catastrophic tectonic forces, the Flood of Noah’s day was responsible for more changes in the Earth’s natural environment than any event since creation. And secular scientists give tacit credibility to the Flood model whenever they use catastrophic processes to explain geological formations.
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