Falls in DeSoto State Park, Alabama: Evidence for Recent Formation?
Uniformitarian geology is based on long periods of time which are demanded
for the formation of geomorphic features found on Earth. According to
this doctrine, most extant geomorphic structures required millions of
years of slow and gradual processes for their formation (Dunbar, 1955).
In contrast to this, the Young-Earth Flood model predicts that these
features were formed within the last few thousand years while undergoing
the effects of high-energy, short-term, catastrophic processes (Gish,
1985). Conditions which favored rapid modification of the Earths
surface were present during the period of the Flood Event and the subsequent
Ice Age (following the geologic framework proposed by Froede, 1998).
DeSoto Falls, located in DeSoto State Park, Alabama, is such a geomorphic
feature that is best explained within the framework of the Young-Earth
Dark matter has never been directly observed. Its presence is indicated
by unexplained gravitational effects on stars and galaxies. It is sought
within galaxies, in galaxy clusters and throughout space. Surprisingly,
dark matter appears to comprise the bulk of the entire universe. This
article surveys the evidence along with possible micro and macroscopic
dark matter candidates. The entire idea is then evaluated from the creation
perspective.There are also theological implications.
Parasites: What Is Their Genesis?
An overview of trematode parasitology from the evolution and creation
perspectives is presented, including a discussion of the design-like
features of these parasites. No credible evolutionary explanations are
found in the evolutionary literature to account for these design-like
Histological microtechnique for electron microscopy is also reviewed
and some cyst ultrastructural data are reported. A caring God may have
designed trematodes, now recognized as parasites, to serve other functions
before the Fall of man (Genesis 3).
Abiogenesis Is Impossible
If naturalistic molecules-to-human-life evolution were true, multibillions
of links are required to bridge modern humans with the chemicals that
once existed in the hypothetical primitive soup. This putative
soup, assumed by many scientists to have given birth to life over 3.5
billion years ago, was located in the ocean or mud puddles. Others argue
that the origin of life could not have been in the sea but rather must
have occurred in clay on dry land. Still others conclude that abiogenesis
was more likely to have occurred in hot vents. It is widely recognized
that major scientific problems exist with all naturalistic origin of
life scenarios. This is made clear in the conclusions of many leading
origin-of-life researchers. A major aspect of the abiogenesis question
is What is the minimum number of parts necessary for an autotrophic
free living organism to live, and could these parts assemble by naturalistic
means? Research shows that at the lowest level this number is
in the multimillions, producing an irreducible level of complexity that
cannot be bridged by any known natural means.
is the Upward Limit for the Rate of Speleothem Formation?
The speleothem formation experiments conducted in the late 1970s by
the Society have been resurrected at the Van Andel Creation Research
Center. A new experimental apparatus has been constructed, other ancillary
equipment collected and testing has begun. The earlier work is reviewed
and the results of that research are summarized. The deposition of speleothems
from a theoretical perspective, emphasizing the chemical processes involved,
is considered. Recent advances in the age dating are examined. The factors
that affect speleothem growth are discussed. Recent studies conducted
in natural cave environments are mentioned. The kinetics of speleothem
precipitation is being studied in an attempt to predict what natural
conditions encourage rapid development.