Fossil Fuels – Part 2
Old Earth geologists claim that the present is the key to the past. Large rock formations, like the extensive layers we find in the ground, they claim, were formed by the same types of processes that we see around us still today. But the tremendous coal layers around the world are a big problem for this interpretation of Earth history. Consider the 20,000 square mile coal reserve at the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. Here we have a coal seam up to 200 feet thick that contains 240 billion tons of coal! But there is nothing like this forming anywhere on Earth today. There is no swamp slowly making a coal seam that, given enough time, will be like the gigantic Powder River coal seam. There are other large basins in Wyoming, but none have a huge reserve of nearly pure coal. It just isn’t possible for a region to produce pure coal over millions of years. Natural activities (like volcanoes or local floods) would contaminate it. Only a massive, swift catastrophe could sweep up enough vegetation and cover it in one place to make such a large, pure coal seam. In fact, there are multiple indications in these rock layers that fast moving water laid down this beds. “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:” (II Peter 3:6).
Posted on June 1, 2021 by dwoetzel.