CMI gets questions and comments on all sorts of issues. This week we showcase some of that variety, with questions on topics from atheism to astronomy.
James G. from the United States writes:
A worldwide flood would have destroyed plant life (trees, shrubs, grasses, etc) since they cannot survive underwater for long. How was plant life re-established after the flood? Plant-eating animals released from the Ark would have found nothing to eat. I understand how animal life was saved on the Ark, but what about plant life? Please have a botanist on your staff respond, if possible. I am a retired Forester/Range Conservationist and have been confronted with this question many times.
CMI’s Lita Cosner responds:
Thank you for your email. I recommend the article How did fish and plants survive the Genesis Flood? One of the co-authors is a plant scientist (Dr Don Batten), as per your email.
It is very probable that various kinds of grains and seeds were brought on the Ark for food; a substantial portion of the Ark was probably used for storing various foods, and grains in particular have a long shelf life if stored away from moisture. The animals did not leave the Ark until there had been time for a lot of plant life to re-establish, so herbivores would have survived on these food sources till then. Dried fruits, etc, would have also been possible, and while we are not told specifically, it would not be surprising if the seeds of various cultivated crops had been taken aboard as well with the intention of planting them after the Flood (of course, we do not know how far along cultivation would have progressed by that time, but we shouldn’t underestimate the intelligence and abilities of ancient people). Especially in the relative absence of competition for soil nutrients, sunlight, etc., these plants could have grown and multiplied very quickly…..
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