When did extreme violence on Earth occur?

To the editor:

The world’s largest atomic bomb was exploded by the Russians north of the Arctic Circle in 1961. It was equivalent to 2500 Hiroshima A-bombs. The fireball was 5 miles in diameter and could be seen 620 miles away, windows cracked 500 miles away and the mushroom cloud was about 40 miles high.

However, the explosive power of that H-bomb resembles a micro-firecracker when compared to the impact energy of the space rock that formed the 110 mile diameter Chicxulub crater under the Gulf of Mexico. Recent drilling samples indicate an energy equivalent to some 4 million H-bombs.

The big rock penetrated down into the sub-crust where the granite is more flexible, then created a cavity that quickly opened up and then closed with the flexible granite rising upward, forming a massive mountain which collapsed and thereby formed an inner second ring of mountains 1/3 mile high around the center point of the crater. This all happened in less than 10 minutes.

After going through over 200 issues of my science subscriptions over the last six years; I come up with the following scenario: The big rock literally fractured the crust, breaking up the original super-continent whose pieces slid apart and formed the continents we have today. Some parts dove down into the crust forming deep ocean trenches, others crumpled upward and formed mountain ranges in a matter of days or weeks. The shock produced earthquakes that set off massive volcanic eruptions. The huge volcanic deposits observable today in India and Siberia, could bury our lower 48 states under 1,000 feet of lava rock. Some estimate over a billion tons of sulfer dioxide gas was ejected from the Siberian eruptions which turned rain into the acidity of lemon juice. The India eruptions alone blasted some 100 million tons of mercury into the atmosphere depositing it across the globe. (Compare that with less than 0.1 ton/year from a coal plant.)

The impact sent about 70 billion tons of dirt/debris skyward, couple that with all the volcanic gases and ash thereby causing the whole globe to go without sunlight for months, which then cools the planet, converting heavy rains into massive ice fields/glaciers in the higher latitudes.

In Montana, paleontologists are finding fish fossils which were rapidly buried, their gills packed with glass particles generated by the heat of impact and then carried by a huge tsunami wave for thousands of miles. Tracks of running dinosaurs under the fish fossil layers all point to catastrophic death. Every area on Earth must have been rising, falling or sliding, thereby setting off more mega-tsunamis sloshing across the globe, ripping up everything in their path. All vegetation would have been moved away, laid down and rapidly buried under giga-tons of silt/rocks/ash; some of it heated by volcanism, thereby forming gas, oil and coal deposits in a matter of weeks or months in some cases. When you dig into the ground in our area you see pebbles and big rocks alike, all rounded off from water action and deposited into silt/clay. Apparently we’re in an area that experienced extreme violence from the power of moving water that let go of its cargo after slowing down and draining off.

The big question: When did all this happen? One camp says hundreds of millions of years ago; the other camp says about 6,000 years ago. The latter cites: 1. The decay rate of earth’s magnetic field and a sudden drop in intensity with polarity reversals at time of the flood. 2. Large amounts of helium in zircon crystals that should have leaked out millions of years ago.

The former relies heavily on steady radioactive decay rates of elements locked inside zircon crystals.

But were the decay rates always steady? Apparently not, since we note a large build-up of helium, (a byproduct of the decaying element in the zircon). Recent research is telling us that decay rates do vary, depending on what the dynamics of the sun are doing.

Could the decay rate have accelerated greatly when the dynamics of earth changed in response to being smacked by a huge rock? Genesis 7:11 says all the fountains of the great deep were broken up on a certain day. I suspect that a force of 4 million Russian H-bombs would probably be enough to crack things up quite well.

Phil Drietz

Delhi

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