The Geologic Column delineating the geologic periods, found in every geology textbook and thought by most to be a faithful representation of the rock strata in the earth’s crust, is actually just imaginary. In fact, it doesn’t exist as a complete unit anywhere in the world. Geologist John Woodmorappe writes:
80-85% of the Earth’s land surface does not have even three geologic periods appearing in “correct” consecutive order . . . . Since only a small percentage of the earth’s surface obeys even a significant portion of the geologic column, it becomes an overall exercise of gargantuan special pleading and imagination for the evolutionary-uniformitarian paradigm to maintain that there ever were geologic periods. The claim of their having taken place to form a continuum of rock/life/time of ten biochronologic “onion skins” over the earth is therefore a fantastic and imaginative contrivance.1
Even in the Grand Canyon, only five out of the ten “geologic periods” can be identified.2 The Column was finalized in 1840,3 based not on observations of rock strata from a worldwide analysis, but purely on theory.
The very general groupings of plant and animal fossils found in the earth’s layers are interpreted by macroevolutionists as evidence for different time periods in which these different types of organisms lived. Creationists point out that the fossil layers correlate quite well with ecological zones. Therefore, it is logical to interpret the fossil layers not as geologic periods but as groupings of animals which all lived at the same time and were all successively buried within a very short time span (roughly one year, during a continent-covering flood).4
The fact that fossils and strata are often found out of the assumed evolutionary order, and that fossils such as trees (polystrate) have been found spanning numerous layers (when these layers are supposed to represent millions of years), is additional strong evidence that the evolutionary interpretation is false.
"...it is logical to interpret the fossil layers not as geologic periods but as
groupings of animals which all lived at the same time..."
Glen R. Morton
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