Some marine fossils are found much higher than sea level. 1 The most reasonable explanation is that a global flood once covered the earth.
Evolutionist: At one point, the land containing these fossils was below the sea, but over much time they were lifted up to become mountains due to plate tectonics.
Response: The earth’s mantle rocks and those under the ocean floor are heavier (more dense) than those making up the continents. 2 Thus, these elevated places where marine fossils are found could not have been the result of their being beneath sea level millions of years ago. Rather, a global flood is the better explanation.
Evolutionist: Floods erode mountains, and so why would they leave fossils there? 3
Response: While it is true that floods erode material, they must also deposit it somewhere. A global, worldwide flood which covers the mountains (not simply going around a mountain) could easily leave deposits and fossils on a mountaintop in a “bank” as it rushes past the mountain, much as wind drives snow into a snowbank against a house. There is no problem explaining how a worldwide flood could have deposited fossils on a mountain.
Evolutionist: Some mountains contain fossilized tracks, evidence that these places were below sea level at some point.
Response: These places were indeed below sea level during the flood. In fact, even after the floodwaters stopped rising, the Bible tells us that they remained above the mountaintops for a while (Genesis 8:5). We could expect marine animals to treat these mountaintops as they would any other land just below the surface of the ocean, and so fossilized marine tracks on mountaintops are no problem from a biblical worldview.
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- http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v3/n1/high-dry-sea-creatures ↩
- https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/high-dry-sea-creatures/, accessed 2016 March ↩
- http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CC/CC364.html, accessed 2016 March ↩