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How was the Grand Canyon formed?

 

The following information comes from “Your Guide to the Grand Canyon” by Tom Vail.  

Many people are taught that the Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River that runs through it.  Could a river create such a large canyon?  Uniformitarianism scientists agree so.  But how could this have been formed in light of Noah’s Flood?  Recall the article “Where did the flood waters go?”  Was it formed by a little bit of water over a long period of time, or a lot of water over a short length of time?  There are two theories that explain how the Grand Canyon was formed relatively quickly:

Theory 1: After the flood, there were two or three very large lakes that formed north and east of the Kaibab Plateau (through which the canyon is carved).  As the lakes continued to fill, they finally overflowed and breached their natural dams, carving through the loose sediments in the Plateau, and thus creating the canyon.

Theory 2: There was massive sheet erosion during the flood’s recession (after the 150 days of water covering the earth).  As the waters receded off of the land, they channelized as more land was exposed.  It was during this process that the waters moved westward and carved through the loose sediments, creating the canyon.

More information about the Grand Canyon can be found at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cfl/grand-canyon

Watch the following video to witness the awesome power of water.  But first, click on this link to understand more about the video.  This sheds light on how the Grand Canyon could have been formed.

What is the significance of the Mount St. Helens eruption?

 

Mt. St. Helen’s Eruption

 

In 1980, Mt. St. Helens erupted, leaving behind a path of destruction.  A six-hundred foot layer of debris, consisting of 200 million cubic yards of volcanic ash and fragments of rock, was formed at the base of the mountain.  In 1982, a small eruption of water provided enough force to carve a 150-feet long canyon in these sedimentary layers.  The same flat contacts in-between the layers were observed, similar to those found in the Grand Canyon.  The canyon is measured to be 1/40th the size of the Grand Canyon.  It was formed in a single day, showing that the power of water is much greater than expected, and that it does not take millions of years to form a canyon (see the article about the formation of the Grand Canyon).  For more information about the Mt. St. Helens eruption, watch this video from Creation Today; and this one from Geologist Steve Austin

 

Rock Layers formed in a short time
Source: Answers in Genesis