February 18, 2016 | David F. Coppedge

Ice Age Flood Affected Climate

A catastrophic dam breach in Argentina affected Pacific Ocean circulation and climate, geologists say.

Science Daily reports that a lake in Argentina breached its dam after the ice age, releasing 360 cubic miles of water into the Pacific. The effects of the catastrophe were felt far and wide:

Professor Glasser said: “This was a massive lake. When it drained, it released around 1150 km3 of fresh water from the melting glaciers into the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — equivalent to around 600 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. This had a considerable impact on the Pacific Ocean circulation and regional climate at the time.”

“Much of the freshwater drained into the sea near Golfo Peñas, south of the Chilean capital Santiago. The fresh water would have sat on top of the salt water as it spread out so it affected the regional ocean currents. The event affected the whole of southern South America and would have led to lower rainfall in winter and cooler ocean and air temperatures around Cape Horn, with the effects felt as far east as the Falkland Islands.”

The Falkland Islands are about 400 miles east of the southern Argentina coast, 1,360 miles from Santiago – on the other side of South America from where the flood occurred. The article claims that “the lake, which was about one third the size of Wales, drained several times between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, with devastating consequences.”

A similar ice-age flood in North America created the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington. The volume released in that flood is estimated at 500 cubic miles, about 38% more than this flood.

Add this to known catastrophic geological events that surpass anything observed in historic times. See also “Secular Geology Admits to Rapid Canyon Formation by Megafloods” (6/21/10), “Findings That Comport With Genesis” (10/27/13), “Geologists Warming Up to Catastrophic Floods” (12/19/13). If some geologists are willing to consider even catastrophic floods on Mars (6/28/13, 5/03/14, 3/16/01, 8/03/01) where there is no water, why not here?

Lyell had a bad influence on geological thinking for a century and a half. Brave mavericks like J Harlen Bretz could not get a hearing within the dogmatic consensus motivated by Lyell’s slow-and-gradual worldview (4/30/09). Wikipedia says on its page about the Channeled Scablands, “Bretz’s theories met with vehement opposition from geologists of the day, who tried to explain the features with uniformitarian theories.” Do we see the same kind of vehement opposition to consensus thinking today? Give an example.

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