How the Earth’s Surface Was Shaped

Michael_OardHave you ever wondered how the diverse and wondrous features of our planet came to be the way we see them today?  Living in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, I think about that a lot, especially on hikes.

Materialists and evolutionists have their ideas about these things, and they usually involve millions and billions of years of slow change. If you believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old as such people claim (and there is really no solid scientific proof for such assertions), then some of their ideas make a certain sort of sense.

But the Bible makes other claims about how the earth came to be the way we see it today, and it involves a much shorter time frame with much more cataclysm involved during that time. Usually, what we see of our planet fits much better within the Biblical model than it does the evolutionist/materialist ideas.

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This episode of Origins examines how the geology and geography of our planet was formed, according to what we know of history from the Bible. Having traveled a lot over not only the Black Hills but Wyoming and Montana, I’ve seen a number of the things scientist Michael Oard discusses here.

If you’re like me 15 years ago, what you see here will likely challenge many of your long-held assumptions about many aspects of science and history. But if you are committed to the Socratic principle of “follow the evidence wherever it leads” as I have been, you may just find that you’ve been sold a bill of goods by media and academia that is only guesswork mislabeled as “science.”

From the video description:

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A variety of evidences for the receding of the Floodwater off the continents will be provided. Geological evidence is first presented for differential vertical tectonics to drain the Floodwater. As the Floodwater first drains as wide currents, great erosion occurs with the formation of planation surfaces and the long transport of resistant rocks. As more and more land is exposed above the Floodwater, the water becomes more channelized forming another set of unique landforms. Water and wind gaps, pediments, and submarine canyons will be described. All these features are very difficult, if not impossible, to explain by the uniformitarian paradigm, providing strong evidence for the reality of the Genesis Flood.

Michael Oard became interested in creationism after reading Whitcomb and Morris’s The Genesis Flood in the early 1970s. Having a focus on research, his interest grew to the point that he asked himself what he could contribute. That is when the idea of an Ice Age model started. The first paper on the Ice Age was published in 1979 in the Creation Research Society Quarterly. Since then dozens of articles and about six books have been published on the Ice Age. Research on the Ice Age ignited an interest in glaciology, geology and geophysics, which he has been ardently studying for over 35 years.

Michael has a B.S. and M.S. degree in atmospheric science from the University of Washington. He was a research meteorologist for 6 years at the University of Washington. In 2001, he retired as a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana. Since then he has been doing full time research in creationist earth science. Over the years, he has learned to speak to lay adults and children on a variety of subjects in the earth sciences.

Michael has published eight papers or technical monographs in the secular technical literature of the American Meteorological Association and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Since becoming a creationist, he has published about 200 articles in the creationist technical literature and has authored, coauthored, or been editor of fourteen published creationist books for different ages on the Flood, the Ice Age, weather, geology, and National park guides. He is on the board of the Creation Research Society.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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