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G22:  The Geological Column is Sometimes Out of Order


Edited by Greg Neyman



Normally, older rock layers are beneath younger rock layers.  In some instances, the older rocks are on top of the younger.  This is evidence the geologists interpret the rocks wrong.  The forces needed to account for these overturned layers are not believable.  If such forces acted, there should be much more debris than there is.

Source:  Whitcomb, J. C. and H. M. Morris, 1961. The Genesis Flood. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., pp. 180-211.

Morris, Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, p. 120.



  1. The forces required for this process are well understood.  Earthquakes and tectonic movements adequately provide the forces necessary to accomplish the overturning of strata

  2. The forces act gradually, over millions of years.  The process of folding rocks, known as "Plastic Deformation" is well understood.  To read more about plastic deformation, read Truth in Geology: Plastic Deformation

  3. Since the process is slow, and the rocks gently bend, not much debris is expected

  4. The overturned rocks are not dated by the event which overturned them.  The fact that they are overturned does not invalidate the age of the original deposition of the layer when it was horizontal


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