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Unpacking a Local Tourism Brochure for Scientific Bias

[Originally published as Tourist Brochure “A Geo Journey Through Prehistory Along the Tropic of Capricorn”]Tas Walker holding the brochure this article discusses

I’m looking at a brochure I obtained at the Anakie Gemfest headed “A Geo Journey Through Prehistory”. Anakie is a tiny town 300 km west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway, in a locality where sapphires are mined.

The brochure focuses on the part of Queensland around the Tropic of Capricorn. It’s produced by There is just so much tourist information about the area, which you can collect at the tourist information centres in every town.

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The area is absolutely amazing because everywhere you look you can see evidence for the reality of Noah’s Flood. This includes dinosaur fossils, the sediments deposited by the “great inland sea”, dinosaur footprints, the flat landscape, gems and boulders in sediments deposited as the floodwaters were receding, and much, much more.

The brochures are all presented from the belief system of millions of years, which means that tourists would not even suspect that they are looking at the reality of the greatest catastrophe in earth history.

On the cover of the brochure are featured marine reptiles swimming in the great inland sea

We find their remains as fossils at Richmond. The land was covered with water because Noah’s flood was reaching its peak.

  • The water was unlikely to have been pristine blue as the picture shows, but filthy with sediment.
  • The animals died and were buried rapidly in that catastrophe, which is why their bodies were not scavenged and why we find their remains in the rocks.
  • The fact that they were buried catastrophically means that it did not take much time.
  • Many metres of sediment were likely deposited within minutes, or hours at the longest. that means that it did not take millions of years.

Yet, the brochure says it happened 110 million years ago, which runs against the clear evidence for catastrophe.

Further, no one saw it happen. No one was keeping a calendar. They are speculating from the assumption that the biblical account of Noah’s flood cannot be believed. But their speculation is wrong. The Bible is true. The flood happened, and the fossils were buried about midway through that one-year event, about 4,500 years ago.Inside of the brochure being discussed, photo credit: Tas Walker

This picture shows inside the brochure where there is a double page spread presenting the ‘geological history’ of the area. It’s just another way of presenting the uniformitarian philosophy, which is really a religious belief system about God and the Bible. On that timeline it describes each geological ‘period’ and connects events with the geology of the area.

However, the timescale was not millions of years as the brochure sets out. Rather, almost all the ‘events’ occurred during Noah’s Flood. Only the last few items on the timeline were post-Flood

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Tas Walker with mountain in the background 2017

Written by Dr. Tas Walker

Tas holds a B.Sc. (Earth Science with first class honours), a B.Eng (hons) and a doctorate in mechanical engineering, all from the University of Queensland. Tas now works full-time for Creation Ministries International (CMI) in Brisbane, where he is employed as a researcher, writer and speaker. He has authored many articles in both Creation magazine and the Journal of Creation (formerly TJ).

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