Volume 10, Number 2
TRACE ELEMENTS IN THE CREATION
C. E. A. TURNER
Formerly many of the chemical elements were regarded as being without biological significance. However, an increasing number of both metals and non-metals in minute quantities (trace elements) in the soil and diets, have been shown to have profound effects on plant and animal life. These chemical and physiological studies show the remarkable and complicated interlocking of the functions of many elements. Such can hardly be attributed to chance or evolution, but rather to the direction of the infinitely wise and almighty Creator, who has purpose in all the materials of his Creation.
FIELD EVIDENCE OF RAPID SEDIMENTATION
WALTER G. PETERS
Recent research reports and original photographs are presented to substantiate catastrophic and rapid Mesozoic and Paleozoic sedimentation. Bentonite clay is directly related to volcanic eruptions. Violent crustal tectonics are related to all Paleozoic deposits. The vast difference between Paleozoic and Mesozoic sediments neatly correlates Paleozoic sediments to the duration of the higher water levels of the Noachian Flood. Geological strata reinforce faith in the veracity of the Bible.
ANOMALOUS MAGNETIC FIELD MIXING IN CHROMIUM (III) CHLORIDE
LEE GREGORY KENT
Nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR), although potentially an important research tool, has not yet gained widespread use or popularity. It is our good fortune to have a pioneer in this field, Dr. Lee Gregory Kent, as a member of the Creation Research Society. Dr. Kent has kindly consented to publish his latest work first in the C.R.S Quarterly because of its possible significance for creationism. On the basis of evolutionary presuppositions (i.e., evolution in the broadest sense of the word, as cosmic evolution"), one should expect to find a gradation in properties from one member of a family of similar compounds to the next. Yet the results presented here do not fit such a picture. Chromium (III) chloride is seen to be unique among all the compounds studied, despite the fact that over 100 substances were investigated, many of them very similar to CrCl, in structure. In other words, we have at this point, in any sequence of related compounds one might wish to envision, a marked discontinuity in at least one readily measurable property. Creationism can provide a framework for comprehending either a graded series or a group of discrete entities with "random" properties. Proponents of the evolutionary approach, on the other hand, must by its very nature founder when faced with discontinuities. Because the field discussed herein is somewhat new and uncharted, and because several esoteric questions of a philosophical nature are raised, it will be left to the reader to determine whether the property investigated in this work does indeed constitute a significant discontinuity, and how strongly such evidence militates against an evolutionary explanation of origins. The technique utilized consists of subjecting a solid sample of the compound under study to crossed AC fields, and measuring its response as the frequency of one of the fields is varied. Resonances, attributable to changes in the positions of the nuclei in the sample, are detected at characteristic frequencies. Chromium (III) chloride exhibits such a resonance as do other compounds, but in addition causes the anomalous shifting of the entire baseline of the recorder out- put. This remarkable phenomenon is still unexplained.
HOW MANY ANIMALS IN THE ARK?
ARTHUR J. JONES
Biological arguments against a universal flood are answered through a comprehensive study of the relevant Biblical and scientific evidence. Biblical evidence bearing on the following points is studied: animal groups represented on the Ark, animals classed as clean, number of animals taken from each clean kind, and the gathering of the animals to the Ark. This is supplemented by a biological study of the number of kinds, the relative diversity of clean and unclean animals, and the problem of hibernation. It is concluded that biological arguments against a universal flood are invalid, and that the number of animals under Noah's care probably did not exceed 2,000.
DISCOVERY OF HUMAN SKELETONS IN CRETACEOUS FORMATION
CLIFFORD L. BURDICK
When checking over a pit in the Dakota sandstone formation, Mr. Lin Ottinger, with the help of Dr. J. P. Marwitt, discovered skeletons of two human beings just below the level where bull- dozers of the Big Indian copper mine had stopped digging. The formation is considered to be part of the Cretaceous formation and given an age of about 100,000,000 years by orthodox geological considerations.