July 10, 2011 | David F. Coppedge

The Rise and Fall of Submerged Landscapes

Under the sea lies a lost land of terrestrial life.  On this submerged landscape in the North Atlantic Ocean, river channels and fossils of pollen and coal are now being covered up by the remains of sea creatures.  Live Science compared it to the lost continent of Atlantis.  How did this fossil terrestrial landscape rise above the water, only to sink again?

The story on Live Science described how researchers used sonar to map this underwater country.  “It looks for all the world like a map of a bit of a country onshore,” said Nicky White, the senior researcher reporting the discovery, describing the 4000-square-mile landscape.  “It is like an ancient fossil landscape preserved 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) beneath the seabed.”  The research team believes it rose above the sea, then sank down, leaving its formerly above-water features discernible.  Core samples reveal marine fossils overlain by sub-aerial evidence, like pollen, overlain by marine fossils.  They believe other such submerged landscapes may exist.  In fact, two smaller ones, “more recent, but less spectacular,” were subsequently found.

The article claimed this lost country is 56 million years old.  The team was surprised to interpolate, according to their evolutionary timeline, that it must have risen up and sunk down within 2.5 million years.  White pondered the “burning question” of how such a process could happen so quickly.  “From a geological perspective, that is a very short period of time,” he said.  The authors of a paper about it in Nature Geoscience speculated that a mantle plume lifted up the land and then set it back down after it passed.  Maybe it was one of a series of such land-lifting ripples, they speculated.

Fascinating find, but their explanation raises other questions.  Would land of this extent rise up and sink without cracking and destroying its sub-aerial features?  How does their story of long periods underwater (56 million years) interrupted by a short period of plants and rivers (2.5 million years) fit with uniformitarianism?  Is that really an explanation, or an ad hoc story dreamt up after the fact trying to fit observations into a preconceived timeline?  Could we be looking at a pre-Flood country?

Notice that “from a geological perspective” does not mean that the rocks themselves tell stories about millions of years.  The phrase means, “from the consensus beliefs of secular geologists who, in the tradition of Lyell, are card-carrying members of the Darwin Party.”  Their presuppositions force them to concoct stories, like the rise and fall of Atlantis.  Evolutionary geologists come up with even weirder scenarios for other parts of the earth.  Some of them speculate that the Colorado Plateau rose and sank under the sea multiple times – yet left pancake-stacked strata, hundreds of miles in extent, perfectly flat, with no evidence of erosion between most of them.

Ignore the millions-of-years dogma and think fresh.  Are there other explanations?  Many Flood geologists consider it likely that the antediluvian mountains were lower, and the oceans shallower.  The tectonic forces in the Flood year could have drastically changed sea levels and submerged large areas of land under the ocean as subterranean chambers burst open, new mountain ranges were thrust up and new ocean basins deepened.  This view is supported by the hundreds of flat-topped seamounts that must have once been at sea level, and the submarine canyons that exist at the mouths of most major rivers around the world.  Advantage: no need for reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007, 12/02/2009).

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