From a Biblical Flood Perspective

Early Flood—the Ascending Phase

The oldest rocks in the Carnarvon Gorge area occur at considerable depth and are only known from drilling and geophysical investigations. However, it is likely that the deepest rocks are related to the exposed fold belts of eastern Australia. These were deposited rapidly early during the global Flood (Genesis 6–8), most of them deep under the ocean. In the New England Fold Belt, for example, there was a large volume of a variety of materials deposited including fine silt, poorly sorted sand, beds of chemically deposited silica, and black volcanic lava.

Tectonic movements in the earth’s crust compressed and uplifted these deposits above sea level. Some rocks were folded by the compression while others were severely deformed and disrupted. The basement areas are large and have been given different names depending on where they are exposed (figure 1). The exposed rocks were severely eroded as the water uplifted with the sediment flowed off the continent.

Violent volcanic eruptions took place soon after (or while) the basement rocks were compressed and uplifted (possibly the catastrophic compression heated and melted the sediment locally). Some of the molten rock erupted over the landscape while other molten rock pooled under the earth forming granite plutons. These features are not exposed in the Carnarvon Gorge area.

Because of this rapid uplift the water flowed off the continent depositing sediment and animals in the Galilee, Cooper and Bowen Basins and probably also in the Sydney Basin to the south where the waters likely flowed into the sea. (figure 2). Tectonic movements gently folded these rocks and changed the depositional environment….

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