On the morning of July 15, 1942, six brand new P-38 Lightings and two B-17 Flying Fortresses took off from a secret airfield in Greenland, heading for a bombing mission in Germany. The squadron became lost in a blizzard, and the pilots were forced to land on a glacier. The crew was rescued nine days later, but the planes were abandoned to the relentless snow and left on the ice for the next 50 years.
In 1980 two Atlanta businessmen, Richard Taylor and Patrick Epps, decided to recover the planes. Twelve years and millions of dollars later, the persistent partners succeeded in retrieving one of the eight airplanes. It had taken so long because the airplanes had to be dismantled piece by piece and recovered from underneath 250 feet of solid ice!
The fact that 250 feet of ice could accumulate in only 50 years clearly demonstrates that hundreds of thousands of years are not required for the formation of our planet's polar caps. Instead of hundreds of thousands of years and multiple ice ages, a single catastrophic event (such as the aftermath of a worldwide flood) easily explains the great depths of ice at the polar caps.
Both evolutionists and creationists recognize that the Ice Age was the last major geologic event to dramatically affect our entire planet. Evolutionists believe in hundredsdozens of ice ages over hudnreds of thousands of years, but all evidence for these multiple events is purely circumstantial and highly speculative.
Evidence is rapidly accumulating (such as the depth of these buried planes) which indicated that a single Ice Age, rather than multiple events, is the best explanation.
Search for the Truth, p. 93
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. - Proverbs 25:2 KJV
Many critics question the possibility of so many animals living in the confinement of the Ark for a year. In nature, however, God provided animals with the ability to hibernate (to spend winter in a dormant or inactive state) or estivate (to spend summer in a dormant state). During periods of unsuitable temperature, many animals often live in very confined quarters with little or no food intake or bodily excretions. It is logical to assume many of the animals behaved similarly during their stay on the Ark.
Even if the animals on the Ark did not hibernate, it has been shown that eight people could have adequately cared for all of the animals on the Ark using simple and ancient principles of animal husbandry that have been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. Over the years a variety of challenges have been raised in an effort to show that the account of Noah's Ark, which is recorded in Genesis, could not be factual. A thorough investigation shows that virtually every one of these objections has been fully and adequately explained by a combination of modern science, archaeological discoveries, and history.
The Genesis Record, p.186
...two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee... -Genesis 6:19 KJV
How could the Ark have survived a year-long water catastrophe without sinking? The study of hydrodynamics (the science of physics having to do with the motion and action of water) has demonstrated that a giant boxlike vessel the size and shape described in the Bible would be almost unsinkable.
Even in a sea of gigantic waves, the Ark could be tilted to almost a 90 degree angle and would always tend to right itself again. A vessel of this shape also aligns itself with the waves so that it experiences the least amount of pitching. Recent studies indicate the large fins on the front and back of many ancient vessels function to keep these vessels pointed into large waves during windy, stormy seas. This design may have started with the original design of Noah's ark, made necessary during the massive storm which it experienced.
In 1604, a Dutchman named Peter Jansz, built two smaller ships with the same proportions as the Ark. These small "arks" could carry one-third more cargo than regular ships without requiring any additional crew and quickly became a popular cargo carrier.
The perfect engineering of the Ark, with the exact characteristics necessary to survive the Flood, points to God as the ultimate Designer. Every detail of the Bible confirms its accuracy and supernatural origin.
The Creation, p.151-151
"This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high." -Genesis 6:15
Sedimentary rock covers almost three-quarters of the earth's surface, including the tops of most mountains. Sedimentary rock forms as sediments (such as sand, silica and other minerals) settle out of water to later solidify into rock layers. If this sedimentation happens rapidly, as occurs during a flood, organisms can become trapped and later fossilized in the rock layers. These sediments were eroded from previous locations, transported, and then deposited. If a worldwide flood has occurred on the earth, it is not at all surprising that geologists would find fossilized shells and sea creatures all over the earth, including at the tops of the highest mountains. Fossilized sea shells have indeed been found at the very top of Mt. Everest.
This evidence fits perfectly with the description of the worldwide Flood described in the Bible. Geology based on evolutionary assumptions is simply wrong as it made illogical assumptions in order to account for the worldwide appearance and extent of these sedimentary rock layers without a worldwide Flood.
Bone of Contention: Is Evolution True? p.32
The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. -Genesis 7:20
Story traditions of a mighty flood are worldwide. They come from Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. The parallels between many of the more than 230 stories scattered all over the world are amazing. They generally agree that:
These widespread cultural stories are exactly what you would expect to find after survivors from the Ark spread all over the world. The specific details of the Flood and the Ark would become distorted, but the event would be remembered. These story traditions strongly support the reality of the biblical account of this worldwide Flood.
1. An ark, barge, or some other floating vessel was involved.
2. Everything is destroyed by water.
3. Only a few chosen people were saved through divine intervention.
4. The Flood was judgment against the wickedness of mankind.
5. Because one person was warned beforehand, he was able to save himself and his family.
6. Animals were often saved with the few humans. Birds were sent out to determine the end of the Flood.
7. The vessel came to rest on the top of a mountain or people were saved at the top of a mountain.
The Creation, p. 143-150
These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth. -Genesis 9: 19
The existence of salt lakes and inland seas provides strong evidence that there has been a global Flood. The huge salty Caspian Sea is completely landlocked and during the past several centuries has been shrinking in size. How did sea water get so far inland? Why did it not dry up millions of years ago? A gigantic flood within the last 5,000 years would seem to be a very good answer.
Lake Van (5,900 feet in elevation) to the southwest of Ararat and Lake Urmia (4,300 feet in elevation) are excellent examples of high-elevation, landlocked, salty lakes. The huge Gobi Desert in Central Asia has tiny leftover lakes which are only a small fraction of the size they once were. In America, the Great Salt Lake and its nearby desert tell the same story- it is the leftover remains of a much larger body of isolated salt water. Lake Titicaca in the Andes, 12,500 feet above sea level, and covering more than 300 square miles, was also apparently much larger in the past.
It is the worldwide extent and rate at which these isolated bodies of water are currently shrinking that testifies they were much larger in the relatively recent past. This is exactly what would be expected as the continents lifted up at the end of the one-year-long global Flood, leaving pockets of stranded water to slowly recede over the subsequent millennia.
Myths and Miracles, p. 100
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth.... - Genesis 7: 17-18
Hundreds of giant fossils have been discovered over the years. These include ten-foot turtles, dragonflies with a two-foot wingspan, and 50-foot-long crocodiles. Could the size of these creatures be the result of long lives and/ or a more protective atmosphere? It is interesting to note that some reptiles today never stop growing, but continue to get larger as long as they live. The large size for prehistoric (i.e., pre-flood) reptiles, including dinosaurs, probably indicates very long lives. Even today, scientists do not fully understand what causes us to age and die. Given more ideal conditions and fewer genetic problems before the Flood, it is not hard to believe that pre-flood man could have lived 10 times longer than modern man.
Most likely the cause of the longer life expectancy before the flood was fewer genetic problems. Contrary to what evolutionists would have us believe, with every passing century the number of mistakes and problems on our genes increases. There is also an intriguing possibility that the original earth was protected by a water-canopy above the atmosphere. This protective canopy would have shielded living things from the harmful radiation which shortens life. This may help account for both early man's long life span and larger animals. Josephus (a Jewish historian in 100 A.D.) records that the historians from nine other nations report people living up to 1,000 years old before the great Flood.
Myths and Miracles, p. 76 TJ Journal, 8(2): 138-141, 1994
Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died. - Genesis 5: 5
Is there enough water to cover all of the earth's pre-flood mountains in the global flood that the Bible talks about? For many years experts doubted this. It was only after the ocean depths were mapped that scientists realized the enormous volume of water on this planet. There is ten times more volume of water in our oceans than the total volume of land rising above the water. Most of the earth's mountains consist of tipped and buckled sedimentary layers. Since these sediments were initially deposited underwater as nearly horizontal layers, the mountains must have been pushed up after the sediments were deposited.
If the mountain ranges around the world were to return to their pre-flood, non-buckled state while the ocean basins were allowed to rise in compensation for this downward flow of mass, the oceans would again flood the entire earth with water over a mile deep! There is plenty of water on our planet to account for the Flood described in the sixth, seventh, and eight chapters of Genesis.
In the Beginning, 7th ed., p. 40
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, which were under the whole heaven, were covered. -Genesis 7:19 KJV