To me, there is just something special about living in or near the mountains. I have been blessed to live within 15 minutes of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and now living within just a few minutes from the Rocky Mountain chain in Colorado. One of my favorite things to do, is to go riding through the mountains, seeing all the different animals, plants and trees that live there. The views from the mountains are truly amazing and always just take my breath away.
Cheri Fields has written a couple of great articles explaining how God created the mountains. Today, I am sharing with you Part 1. This is a two part series, so be sure to come back next week, when I share Part 2.
One of my all time favorite things to do is visit, look at, and climb into mountains. There is something amazing about these huge humps of rock. They are both vast beyond my brain’s power to understand, but still close by. You can put your feet on them, touch them, see and smell the plants that find a root hold in their cracks, and even clamber all the way to the top of them.
Mountains are also a mighty evidence of God’s power and truth. A while back I did a post on how we know that every mountain range on earth was once under water, just like the Bible tells us. Now we’re going to look at how these old sea beds ended up becoming the great mountains.
Back in the late 1800s, scientists started noticing there were a lot of similarities between the rocks and fossils across huge areas of land even in places divided by oceans. So they started looking for ways to explain what they saw. With the Alps being nearby for many scientists, it became quite obvious that these mountains were made by some unusual earth processes. We also know the great ranges of Asia, like the Himalayas, and the western mountains of North and South America were all formed through similar processes.
In 1915 the first scientist formulated a working hypothesis for how the continents could have moved around and formed the mountain ranges. Not surprisingly, most of his ideas have been rejected by better evidence, but the idea of large sections of the earth’s surface moving around is here to stay.
There are a couple of ways that mountains form. Volcanos are one, Erosion between highlands is another, but the most common type is Fold Mountains. To get an idea of what’s going on with these folded mountains, you can take a napkin or something, lay it flat on a table and push it together with your palms. Tah-dah, tiny mountain ranges! Some of these mountains show a lot of wear and tear from water like the Appalachians and Urals so they’re called Oldfold Mountains. A lot of other ranges show much less water erosion and are known as Youngfold Mountains.
But there’s something more. I’ve been looking all over for the typically accepted, Uniformitarian timeline for the formation of these Youngfold Moutains. They don’t really like to ‘fess up and give a range of time for the mountains to develop. This page from ThinkQuest shows us why. Here’s what they say, “Although the phase of major upheaval of the Himalayas has passed, the Himalayas are still rising, albeit at a much slower rate. The Indian plate is continuously moving north at the rate of about 2 cms every year. Because of this reason the Himalayas are rising at the rate of about 5 millimeter per year.”
If you get out your calculator and plug in the height of Mt Everest in meters [8848m] and divide by 5mm a year [0.005] you get a timeline of 1,769,600 years for it to be down at sea level! That sure doesn’t fit the time frame they want us to believe. And they know it grew much faster in the past. Turns out the “Southern Alps” of New Zealand are rising equally fast and their highest point is only 12,316ft [3,754m], so the oldest they could be is 750,800 years old.
So what do Uniformitarians do, drop their beliefs and join us? No, they explain this away by saying that erosion is keeping up with the rising mountains. What we now see at the top of mountains were down at the bottom (collecting sea fossils along the way) a million years ago. But I thought these were Youngfold Mountains?? Personally, what God says He did fits what we see a lot better without bending my brain into pretzels.
Be sure to come back next week for Part 2!