A Snowball's Chances
“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?”
We are all familiar with the concept of the Ice Age – probably due to the eponymous cartoon feature film series. Evolutionists believe that this event took place about 2.6 million years ago. There is considerable evidence around the world of valleys carved by glaciation, and glacial moraines – deposits of rocky debris left at the end of glaciers. In a biblical framework, it is relatively easy to explain how the Ice Age could have happened. Instead of beginning 2.6 million years ago, we think that the Ice Age began in the immediate post-Flood period as oceans warmer than today evaporated into an atmosphere cooler than today.
However, evolutionary geologists do not believe in just one Ice Age. They believe that the Earth has been through a cyclical path of continual ice ages and times of more temperate climate. Their evidence for this is found in rocks which bear scratch marks similar to those damaged during the known Ice Age. Indeed, evolutionists suppose that some of these earlier ice ages could have had ice sheets covering nearly the whole Earth.
Such a scenario causes a problem. It can be seen that this sort of ice age would perhaps have caused a snowball effect. That is to say that most of the Earth could be covered by a white ice covering which would reflect most of the Sun's heat away. In that case, it is difficult to see how the ice could ever have melted to return Earth to temperate conditions.
Creationist researchers have shown that the effects interpreted as early ice ages could more easily be explained as being caused by landslides and other geological movements during the Flood.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for researchers who are not put off by unbiblical presuppositions, but are determined to research matters in a biblical and godly manner. Amen.
Ref: Oard, M.J. (2016), The challenge of ancient ice ages answered, Creation 38(1):48–50.
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