Teaching Creation Thursdays ~ Underwater Volcanoes

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We have another wonderful lesson from Cheri Fields.  Today we are learning about Underwater Volcanoes!


Tuvurvur volcano - part of Rabaul Caldera –– P...

Did you know somewhere around 80% of the volcanic eruptions take place under water? Even today, sea volcanoes are actively changing the crust of the earth and influencing our world.

My kids and I were learning about earth history using an Usborne book, so I could show them what most western children are being taught.

  • We briefly mentioned things from how they can “know” what the core of the earth is like when
    English: extinction of dinosaurs in Deccan Tra...

    artist’s rendition of dinosaur extinction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    it’s impossible to send a probe so deep.

  • We talked about Pangea (or Gondwana) and the guesses of the continents having been all in one place in the past
  • We looked at the timeline chart showing early sea creatures with a fish dragging itself onto the land.
  • We saw the giant bugs and reptiles earth used to be filled with
  • We read the different theories for the extinction of the dinosaurs and “75%” of earth’s species (See my post on surviving species HERE)

Then we talked about the volcanoes geologists know were very active in the past and the Ice Age we all know happened.

The wonderful thing is how straightforward explaining geology and glaciology is from a biblical perspective. You can read more about the Ice Age in my mini-series: Part 1 and Part 2

The most fun part was finding videos online so we could watch mini volcanoes erupting underwater today!

Study Guide:

  • There is a lot of gas in magma. What are we pretty sure it’s mostly made of? _________
  • Where did a lot of the water for the Flood come from? See Genesis 7: 11 ________________
  • Could it be some of that water didn’t get out during the Flood? ____

 

Go check this YouTube video out on Underwater Volcano Eruptions.

There’s another short video of a boatload of people watching an eruption close to the surface. You can see the steam, dust, and power of a tiny eruption happening right in front of you. (BTW, I would have started the boat turning about 15 seconds before the guy noticed. Wild nature isn’t a safe place!)

Creation Science Today (a ministry new to me) has a cool computer simulation of earth’s cross-section before, during, and after the Flood. It’s simplified, as all replicas must be, but effective. They just don’t mention the subterranean water chambers Dr. Walt Brown does so well. Scroll 2/3s down THIS PAGE to see what I mean.

The LORD sits upon the flood; yes, the LORD sits King for ever. Psalm 29:10

 

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Comment by Dr. Derek P. Blake on April 16, 2013 at 5:40am

Of course you are quite right Cheri, we cannot stop the indoctrination of our children by the supporters of evolution, but we can plant the seeds of doubt, and heaven knows, there are many of those.  My belief is that we should be dealing in facts and allowing our children to interpret the facts with full knowledge of Scripture and known science.  If science truly is the search for truth, then ultimately scripture and science will one day coincide, and become scientific truth.  However we MUST start with the truth of God's word.

Comment by Cheri A Fields on April 15, 2013 at 3:44pm

Sorry to be checking in so late on this. I've been working more than my kids appreciate on a kids creation science book.

Dr. Blake, I was reading an Usborne book with my kids. I do not hold to the idea that we should protect our kids from any awareness of Evolution until later. I've seen to many disasters from such situations. So, I don't use a creation science book with them, but rather discuss what their peers are learning in secular schools.

I might react just like you did when reading something like I wrote for the first time!

Blessings. :-)

Comment by Dr. Derek P. Blake on March 28, 2013 at 3:28pm

My apologies if I misread the situation, but it looked as id the material was a guide to using the volcano material.  Some times I jump too quickly.

Comment by Steven Posey on March 28, 2013 at 2:40pm

I understand the good Dr.'s comments but I was not offended. I recognized that someone was simply going through a secular book as a frame of reference. This is something I do all the time, with movies as well as books for educating others and myself. The need to "Creationize" this information is taken for granted. 

Comment by Carolyn Reeves on March 28, 2013 at 2:04pm

Perhaps there is a misunderstanding about the author's message here.  Notice that she was looking at another book to see what they included. These were examples of what they found in the book.  She went on to examine the real facts about volcanoes and how they might have impacted the earth.

Comment by Dr. Derek P. Blake on March 28, 2013 at 11:55am

Nothing to forgive Joy, it was not your fault as you merely posted what Cheri Fields posted, but I was a little shocked.  We all have enough problems getting the creation message over to kids, and little things like this creep in so easily.

Comment by Joy Ellis on March 28, 2013 at 11:51am

Dr. Blake, I am truly sorry about that.  I somehow another missed it.  Please forgive me.

Comment by Dr. Derek P. Blake on March 28, 2013 at 11:49am

Joy I have just been looking at the resource on Underwater Volcanoes and as I read I could not believe what I was reading, when I saw this:

  • We talked about Pangea (or Gondwana) and the guesses of the continents having been all in one place in the past

  • We looked at the timeline chart showing early sea creatures with a fish dragging itself onto the land.

  • We saw the giant bugs and reptiles earth used to be filled with …....

Fish dragging themselves onto the land is essentially a feature of evolution, and certainly has nothing to do with God's creation, which was to create animal kinds fully formed. Fish are fish and would not drag themselves onto the land unless they were lungfish or mud skippers, but I somehow don't think they were meaning these fish.. I find this very sad to find on a creation web-site.

In Him

Derek

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