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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


Was there ever an Ice Age?

During the Flood, the “fountains of the great deep” (Gen. 7:11) opened up.  This is generally understood to be underwater volcanic eruptions.  The volcanoes would have released a large amount of smoke, ash, and particles into the atmosphere, preventing any sunlight from entering, and the heat emitted in the oceans would have also warmed the waters.  Movements of the Earth’s crust would release heat to warm the water. Evaporation of the warm water would have caused a great accumulation of snow, especially since the air was cooler and the sun couldn’t melt the snow.  The lack of sunlight from the smoke would make the continents cooler and the snow wouldn’t melt until the volcano smoke went away thus allowing the sun to heat the earth again.  Yes, there was one ice age, and it lasted for several hundred years, but it only covered the northern parts of the European and American continents.  For more information and pictures, see the following link: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/where-does-ice-age-fit


The extent (white sections) of the Ice Age (Source: Answers in Genesis)