Evolutionists believe that when the earth first formed over four billion years ago, that it was so hot that any water would have immediately vaporized. Over the next eight million years the planet cooled enough to allow the oceans to form and cover over two thirds of the planet surface with water.
But where did that much water come from?
Since they don’t have any kind of planetary explanation, they have no choice but to look to outer space for the source of our water. A team at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, led by Paul Hartogh, recently published a report in the journal Nature, claiming they have found evidence indicating that a significant percentage of the earth’s oceans came from comets.
Hartogh and his team studied a comet known as Hartley 2. They believe that Hartley 2 originated in the Kuiper belt. The Kuiper Belt is a region of space that extends about fifty astronomical units beyond the orbit of Neptune that is supposed to be the birth place of most of the comets in our solar system.
In studying Hartley 2, the team discovered the comet had a deuterium fraction that compares closely to that of earth’s oceans. Earlier studies indicated that comets could only have contributed no more than ten percent of the earth’s water, but the researchers of this latest study claim that percentage could be much greater than previously thought.
Many geoscientists have calculated that if the earth’s surface had no mountains, hills, valleys or canyons, that there is enough water to cover the surface to a depth of two miles. There are also vast underground water reservoirs across the globe which would add to that two mile depth.
That’s a lot of water to rain down from the stars in the form of comet impacts and it poses some questions that I don’t see answered.
First is the Kuiper belt. Where is their proof that it exists? I have yet seen any evidence that verifies its existence other than their belief that it has to be there. Evolutionists need something beyond the planetary range of our solar system to give rise to new comets on a regular basis. Every time a comet orbits through the solar system, it loses more and more material. At the rates of material loss, there is no way that there should be any more comets in an old universe, so they created a fictitious area that miraculously continues to give rise to new comets.
If the oceans formed only 8 million years after the earth formed, there would have been little atmosphere to cause frictional heating or slowing down of the comets before they impacted the earth. Impacts of that magnitude would have created a tremendous amount of energy and heat, which should have caused a large percentage of the water and ice carried by the comets to evaporate back into the sky.
If there was any atmosphere in place at the time, then the frictional heating of the comets would have evaporated most of the water before they reached the surface. Either scenario does not bode well for the hypothesis that a large percentage of the ocean’s water came from comets.
Next I have to ask if there were any other chemical similarities or marked differences between the comet Hartley 2 and sea water? Do all comets have the same composition? Their theory would have to be based upon the assumption that most comets have similar composition. Since meteorites have a variety of chemical compositions, it only seems likely that comets will vary in their composition as well.
It’s really sad to see such intelligent minds wasting so much time, effort and money chasing pipe dreams and fairy tales about the earth’s origins. If they really want to find out where earth’s water came from, they need to start with God’s Word and His account of creation.
Genesis 1 says that in the beginning the earth was formless and void. Physicist and cosmologist Dr Russell Humphreys suggests that this describes God starting His creation with water. As such, the earth would be formless and void. On Day 2, God separated the waters below from the waters above and called the expanse in between heaven. At this point, the earth was still just water. On Day 3, God created land and made it appear above the surface of the water. On Day 4, God places the sun, moon and stars in the same heaven or expanse that separates the waters above from the waters below.
Following this logic of God’s creative process, Humphreys believes that we will find evidence of water throughout the universe. To date, his predictions have been proving to be true as astronomers continue to be surprised at finding evidence of water and ice in many of the places they look.
So comets or God, which do you pick?
What is the Source of Water on Earth? Comets Could Give Answer, International Business Times, Oct 6, 2011.
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