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Polystrate This and Polystrate That

The earth is made up of layers of dirt and rocks in different colors and soil types. These layers are called the geologic columns. Basically, the lower in the earth the column is, it is assumed that soil is older, and the closer to the top the layers are, they are assumed newer. In these layers of the Earth, we find millions of different fossils of various things—animals, plants, etc. Evolutionists tell us that these layers were laid down over millions and millions of years and that the plants and animal fossils found, represent evolutionary life, throughout the earth’s history. Less complex on the bottom, and it goes up a geologic ladder for more and more complex life, is the idea behind this. However, the idea that these were laid down over long periods of time, and that they somehow “prove” evolution and an old earth, has some very serious issues.

When we truly examine the geologic column more closely, we discover and learn it is not what evolutionists tell us…

Embedded in rocks, canyons and layers of dirt all over the earth are what are called “polystrate” fossils. The word polystrate means “many layers,” and refers to fossils that cut through at least two layers on the geologic column. For example, geologists have discovered tree trunks buried upright in two, three, four or even more sections in the geologic column—rocks and dirt that evolutionist’s suggest were laid down over many millions of years. However, material like wood that is exposed to weather will rot, not fossilize. Those trees would rot away while the millions of years passed and layers of rock were slowly being poured on it. Wouldn’t you rot during a million years of dirt being piled on you, and wind beating you? Scientists have had to admit that the polystrate trees must have been buried and preserved rather quickly. In order for a tree to be preserved in multiple layers of the geologic column without rotting and drying-up, causing the tree to not leave it’s fossilized trace, a huge amount of water and pressure usually needs to be spread over the tree and the land around it to quickly bury and preserve. Do humans know of any situations that a lot of water would bring huge amounts of pressure? Scientists say that it was probably a local flood—a phrase they very commonly say about dinosaur graveyards, where tons of dinosaurs were all bunched together and laid in the ground. Though Christians know that there is no doubt a global catastrophe like the Great Flood during the Bible character Noah’s time (Genesis chapter 6 through 8). Why else would there be so many polystrate fossils and dinosaur graveyards on the Earth?

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Geologists also have discovered polystrate animal fossils. Probably the most famous is the fossilized skeleton of a whale discovered in 1976 near Lompoc in California. The whale is covered in
something called “diatomaceous [die-uh-toe-ma-shus] earth.” Diatoms are tiny algae. As diatoms die, their skeletons form deposits—a procedure that evolutionists declare is extremely slow. Despite that, the whale (which is more than 75 feet long) is standing almost on its tail at a vertical angle and is completely covered by the diatomaceous earth. It looks like the fossil was smashed quickly against the cliff… maybe by a global flood. There simply is no way a whale could have stood upright for millions of years while diatoms covered it, because it would have decayed or been eaten by scavengers and the fossil would have not been preserved. It is clear from this astonishing data and evidence, that it doesn’t take long periods of time for fossils to become fossilized. It looks like the fossil was smashed quickly against the cliff and had diatoms quickly cover it by a global catastrophe like the Great Flood of Noah’s time! We see that for one, those layers have been proven to not be a logical and accurate sources of dating organisms’ age in this relative dating practice that doesn’t hold a lot of credibility anymore. Two, we just got more evidence for a global flood! A two-for-one special!

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Written by Christ Follower

This gentleman loves Jesus so much he is working on his biblical scholarship degree, which has meant stepping out of the active creation science community. He has asked for his real name to be removed from here because, although he continues to trust God on creation, he feels he's grown so much as a writer since these articles were written!

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  1. Can you provide directions to the tree fossil? I live in Cookeville, TN and have been to Frozen Head State Park several times and would love to visit the tree fossil in person. I’m teaching a class on creation vs. evolution and this would help greatly.

    Best Regards,


  2. Is it unusual for a fossil (whale or any fossil) to be tilted?
    It is normal, when the rocks containing the fossil are tilted.
    The rocks are in this case,

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